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, 74, passed away suddenly on April 30, 2016 doing what he loved doing most, carpentry work.
He was born in Barre City on March 30, 1942 to Rizieri “Jack” and Corinne (Cole) Lamberti.
In 1964, he was honorably discharged from the Vermont Army National Guard. On September 9, 1967, he married the love of his life, Linda Partridge, making their home in Barre Town, where they raised their three sons. Butch was a truck driver; driving for JB Flanagans, Pouliot & Corriveau and most recently for Vermont Creamery. After his retirement, he ran a lawn care business along with his grandson. To know Butch would be to know he loved to tell stories, tease people, but mostly you knew he was a man of his word and would give you the shirt off his back. If you were someone important to someone in his family that would automatically elevate you to being a “family” member. Family was Butch’s priority; his pride in his three sons and seven grandchildren was resonated in his stories of them and a smile on his face when he was with them. His hobbies included hunting at the family camp in Tunbridge, reading and watching westerns and his beautiful carpentry work. Butch leaves behind; his wife Linda of 48 years, his stepfather and mother, Charles and Corinne Smith and brother and his wife, Peter (Dorothy) Lamberti; three sons; Scott (Maria), Steven (Jaylene) both of Barre and Jason of Lyman, WY; seven grandchildren; Andrew, Emily, Ariel, Tiffany, Lillian, and Bryton Lamberti and Aubrey Benoit, as well as sisters-in-law, Deborah (James) LaMoy of Highgate Center, Joy (James Huntsman) Partridge and Alison Partridge both of Montpelier. Butch also leaves many nieces and nephews as well as many friends and other family members too numerous to mention, but were very important to him nonetheless. “Tarry”, his beloved cat, will greatly miss him. Butch is predeceased by his father, Rizieri “Jack” Lamberti, his in-laws, Howard and Roselyn Partridge and his brothers Frank and David Lamberti. Calling hours will be Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. His funeral will be on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Butch’s name to: The Central VT Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05602 or Central VT Home Health Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 72, a long-time resident of Cliff Street, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family had been at his bedside. Born in Barre City, September 22, 1943, he was the son of Theron E. and Irma A. (Mariotti) Lamphere. He attended Montpelier Schools, graduating from Montpelier High School in 1961 and received his Associate’s Degree in Business from Champlain College in Burlington in 1963. On October 9, 1965 he married Jacqueline B. Frenette in St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre City. Most of their married life had been spent in Barre City and since 1970 at their present home.
Alan’s entire working career had been spent as an employee of the State of Vermont in several departments, retiring in 2002 from the Department of Employment and Training in their Montpelier Office. Over the years, he enjoyed tennis, hunting and fishing, metal detecting and playing golf. From 1964 to 1970 he also served with the Vermont Air National Guard in Burlington, retiring as a Staff Sergeant.
His memberships included the Montpelier Elks and Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline and 2 sons, Chris Lamphere and his wife, Sonia Rivera, and Michael Lamphere all of Barre City and grandchildren Chole and Jacob Lamphere. He was predeceased by his parents. There are no services planned. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or National Life Cancer Treatment Center at Central Vermont Medical Center, PO BOX 547, Barre, VT 05641. Al, being a man of few words, made room in his heart for anyone who wanted to be there. Those of us who knew and loved him will cherish him always.
, 81, of Bisson Rd., passed peacefully in the comfort of her family and friends on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Born on June 26, 1934 to Chris and Regina (Rugo) Mekkelson in Barre, she was raised on the family farm on Beckley Hill and attended Barre public schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1953. Frances enjoyed gardening, crocheting, picking wild blueberries and mushrooms, and making family favorites, panettone and antipasto. Her most precious gift to her family was her time enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Langevin and Mildred Ladd, both of Barre; and two daughters, Glennis Mooers and her husband Brian of Barrington, NH, and Donna Willett of Orange; her grandchildren, Lisa (Mooers) Fassett and her husband Joey of South Portland, ME, Steven Willett and his wife Meredith of West Newbury, VT, Allyson (Mooers) Lampert and her husband Michael of Newfields, NH, Maria (Willett) Duggan and her husband James of Montpelier, and Brian Mooers and his wife Clara of Eliot, ME; and eleven great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, Frances is predeceased by three sisters, Althea, May and Agnes, and one brother, Chris. Frances' life will be honored and celebrated on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Calling Hours will begin at 2:00 pm until the time of the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 67, of Barre, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2016 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, with his loving family by his bedside. Born May 18, 1948 in Hardwick, the fourth of seven children, he was the son of Joseph and Margaret (Hodgdon) Lang. Daniel spent his early years being raised in Craftsbury and would always love to recount to his family the many experiences he had growing up on the multiple farms that they lived on. He attended local elementary schools and was a graduate of Twinfield High School in 1969. Following his graduation he joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after serving his enlistment. Daniel was what many would consider a “Jack Of All Trades”, holding many positions in many different industries throughout his years, always performing his jobs with determination and dedication. Though he had many hobbies, his main interests were playing darts, working on cars, being an avid collector of many things and sometimes just riding around enjoying his home in Central Vermont. Survivors include three sons; Christopher Emmons of Barre, Anthony Emmons and his wife, Cassandra, of Barre and Matthew Storti of California; two daughters; Joline Jones and her husband, Eric, of Barre and Keisha Cotnoir of Barre. He also leaves two brothers; Walter Lang of Barre and Edward Lang of Franklin County, IND; two sisters; Betty Jakubowski of Cedar Park, TX and Lucy Bell of Barre; his life-long partner Kelli Leclair of Barre, as well as twenty one grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Margaret, and two brothers; Emerson Lang and Grant Lang. A calling hours and time of remembrance, for family and friends, will be held at the American Legion Post #10 in Barre on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.
, 94, of Hill Street Extension, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Born on October 13, 1921 in Salmon Lake, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of Hector and Martha (Langlois) Langlois. In 1923, Fred moved to Coaticook, Quebec with his parents and the family later moved to make their home in Barre. He attended St. Monica Elementary School and later Barre Schools. In 1941, he graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre.
During World War II, he served in the Unites States Army from 1942 to 1946. He was stationed in the European Theater of Operations in both England and France serving with the 8th Traffic Regiment Group. After his honorable discharge from the service, Fred trained as a stonecutter under the GI Bill. He became a Journeyman stonecutter and was employed in several stone sheds in Barre and in Hazelton, PA. In June of 1970, Fred married Katherine Hebert. Following their marriage, they first lived in Barre before moving to their present home on Hill Street Extension in Berlin in 1972. In 1970, he also started his own upholstery business, opening a shop in Barre, using a trade that he had learned while in high school. In 1973, he moved his business and shop to his home in Berlin where he worked until his retirement. Fred was a member of St. Augustine Parish in Montpelier, a life member of the American Legion Post 10 of Barre, a life member of the VFW Post 792 of Montpelier, a band member with the Montpelier Senior Activities Center, and the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department Association. As a young man, he played with the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corp in Barre and accompanied them to many competitions. Fred enjoyed music, dancing, going to auctions, and restoring antique cars and antique furniture. He is survived by his wife, Katherine “Kitty” Langlois of Berlin and many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephews. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Augustine Catholic Church in Montpelier. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Hooker and Whitcomb Vault in Barre to await spring interment in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Right to Life Committee, 73 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 or to the Montpelier Senior Citizens Activity Center, 58 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 55, finally found peace Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born June 2, 1961 in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Adrian and Constance (Dykeman) LeClair. Raised in Barre, Cathy graduated from Spaulding High School in 1979 and was proudly employed by Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) since 1983. She was especially gratified by her work as a member of the CVMC Cancer Committee and at the Cancer Center, taking great joy in the relationships she formed with her coworkers. Cathy adored her family more than anything. Her children were the most important people in her life and she loved them dearly. Working long hours to make sure they were taken care of, Cathy still always found time to be there for her kids. She also was delighted to become a grandmother (Nana) in early 2016, a role she seemed destined to play. Finding beauty in the world around her, Cathy enjoyed the simple things in life. She treasured taking trips to Lake Elmore, soaking up the splendor and recalling fondly the time she spent as a child at her family’s camp there. She especially valued lively discussions and sharing of memories with her loved ones. Cathy will be remembered for her kindness, gentle nature and unwavering positivity in the face of tremendous adversity. She was a special person, always glad to offer a helping hand, a kind smile and a good word. Survivors include her sons, Matthew A.M. Lash and his wife, Chantelle, of Boston, Mass., and Adam M. Lash of Barre; her granddaughter Aviva; her pups Scooby and Trista; her brother Frederick LeClair; numerous cousins and dear friends, including Brenda Norway, Pam Lawson, Linda (Poulin) Gregoire and Tyler Johnson. She was predeceased by her parents, whom she loved and missed dearly. A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Life Cancer Treatment Center, c/o Central Vermont Medical Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.
, 58, of Elm Street, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre with his family at his bedside. Born August 10, 1957 in the Barre City Hospital, he was the son of Ernest J. Lavigne Sr. and Jeannette (Grenier) Lavigne. He attended local schools and was a graduate of the Spaulding High School class of 1976. Following his graduation Steven went to work at Riverton Memorials Inc., the family business, where he spent his entire working career. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic employee who will be missed by his former co-workers. Steven was an avid competition shooter with both rifle and pistol and also enjoyed archery, working on his beloved ’38 Chevy Coupe, youth baseball, men’s league hockey, motorcycling and snowmobiling. Some of his memberships included the Barre Gun and Pistol Club and the NRA. He was also a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Montpelier, where he participated in the Adoration Chapel and received communion from the Eucharistic Ministers from St. Monica Church in Barre. Survivors include his mother, Jeannette Lavigne; former spouse Jill Stroiney of East Calais, one son, Grayson Lavigne; two daughters, Chardonnay Lavigne and her husband, Andrew Lindberg, and Natalie Lavigne; four brothers, Ernest Lavigne Jr. and his wife, Laurie, Philipp Lavigne and his wife, Carol, David Lavigne, all of Berlin, and Tony Lavigne and his girlfriend, Tonya Cicio of Barre; four sisters; Jacqueline Miller and her husband, Arthur, of Riverton, Linda LaPerle and her husband, Raymond, of Barre Town, Debbie Lunt and her husband, Michael, of Barre Town and Christine Knight and her husband, Morris of Huntington as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest J. Lavigne, Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Barre Town. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Wednesday June 1, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rowan Court Resident Activity Fund, 378 Prospect St., Barre, VT 05641. Steven’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Rowan Court who loved him and treated him as a member of their family.
, 62, passed away suddenly at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Sunday, October 2, 2016, with his loving family at his side. Born on December 21, 1953, in Barre City, he was the son of Roger and Claire (Rossi) Lissor. Jeffrey attended elementary school in Barre City and was a graduate of Spaulding High School in 1971. Following his graduation he attended Vermont Technical College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. He used this education throughout his 28 year career with IBM. On September 4, 1982, he married his former wife Raylene Sumner in Barre, with whom he had two wonderful daughters. The family lived in the Barre area for the remainder of his life. Jeffrey had many hobbies and interests throughout his life, but he had a passion for playing and watching sports, hunting, cars, and motorcycles. Besides his parents, Roger and Claire, he is survived by his two daughters, Andrea Lissor and her fiancé, Dante, of Burlington and Rachel Lissor of Barre; a sister, Martha deVos and her husband, Bill, of Barre, and a brother, Greg Lissor and his wife, Phi, of Panama City, FL. He also leaves his Aunt Janice Towne and her husband, Brad, and his Aunt Amelia Lissor as well as nephew, Alex, and three nieces, Casey, Kim, and Heather. A funeral service to honor and celebrate Jeffrey’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Barre on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be made in the Hope Cemetery in Barre following the service. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Jeffrey’s name may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, recently of Barre, died quietly in her sleep after a brief illness on March 30, 2016 at her home at Heaton Woods in Montpelier, VT. Beverly was born on July 21, 1934 in Randolph, Vermont, the daughter of Mary (Pember) and Haskell Bowen. She graduated from the Randolph Elementary and High School in June 1952, attending all twelve grades at that same school. She attended her 63rd class reunion in Randolph in August 2015. On August 4, 1956, she married Richard “Dick” Lord in Randolph. They made their home in East Barre where they raised their family, operated two businesses, and created a housing subdivision on upper Phil Street. In 1984, they moved to Westview Condominiums in Barre, where Beverly served as a board member for the condominium association. They spent many winters in Florida until Dick’s death in 2002. Beverly worked at the Barre Town Elementary school, the Northfield Savings Bank, and the Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, retiring from the latter in 1998. In her retirement, she was an active volunteer for RSVP where she received recognition for her volunteer work. Beverly was a very active member of the East Barre Congregational Church since 1956, where she was a church deacon and a member of the women’s auxiliary. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir. She loved the time she spent with her loving grandchildren, supporting them at innumerable athletic events, concerts, plays, and other school functions. She also spent hours poolside with them at her home in Barre. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, feeding the birds from her porch, daily walks, and simply being outdoors.
Beverly is predeceased by her parents, husband Richard Lord, in-laws Bernal and Alice (Cameron) Lord, sister Shirley (Bowen) Lord and brother-in-law Robert Lord of Barre, brother Winston Bowen of Randolph, and older siblings Raymond, Frederick, Ralph and Alice Greene.
She is survived by her son Gregory Lord and his wife Kathryn (Moeykens) Lord of Barre and their sons Bowen and Duncan; daughter Elaine Lord Brand and her husband Larry Brand of Shelburne and their daughter Olivia; sister-in-law Patricia (Lord) Lawson and her husband Arnold Lawson of East Barre; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Heaton Woods and Bayada Home Health for the wonderful, loving and attentive care and support. The Memorial Service celebrating Beverly’s life will be Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Family and friends may call at the church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Heaton Woods, Resident Activities Fund, 10 Heaton Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 82, formerly of Elliston Street, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Born November 12, 1933 in Quincy, MA, she was the daughter of Albert Joseph and Ethel Beatrice (Warnes) Doucette. She attended elementary school at Ward 5 in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1951.
On May 6, 1972, Ethelma married Richard F. Lowry in Barre. They lived on Elliston Street. Her husband died in April of 1995. Ethelma first worked in the office at North Barre Granite Company and later was a telephone operator for New England Bell for ten years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed time spent with her family. She enjoyed being outdoors, music, flowers, dance, and was an avid reader. Survivors include her daughters, Crystal Ann Sayers and her fiancé, Kevin Williams of East Montpelier and Ethelma Ida Lowry of Williamstown; her grandchildren Michael Morse, Cody and Randy Sayers, and Kaitlyn Ribera; her great-grandchildren Devon Morse and Skylar Sayers; her brother, William Doucette and his wife, Elfi of North Richland Hills, TX; as well as several nephews, nieces, and cousins. Her parents and her husband predeceased her. Her graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 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 American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or the Woodridge Nursing Home, Resident Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
, 87, of Brook Road, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin surrounded by her family. Born on November 18, 1928 in New Milford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of James and Cornelia (Romaine) Thompson. In 1944 she married Raymond McKinstry, they later divorced. On May 30, 1966 she married Webster S. Lund. Webster passed away on July 25, 1991. Gladys was a homemaker, raising 14 children. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting, but most of all loved spending time with her closest grandchildren and closest great grandchildren. Gladys is survived by; her children, Mary McGrath of Northfield, Gladys Pike and her husband Douglas of Northfield, Ray McKinstry of Berlin, Michael McKinstry and his wife Michele of Thetford, Mark McKinstry and his wife Janet of Bethel, Johnny McKinstry and his partner Melissa of Cannan, NH, Glen McKinstry of Lebanon, NH, Richard McKinstry and his wife Nancy of Ocala, FL, Betsy Kizer and her husband David of Groton and Emma Grant and her husband Paul Sr. of East Montpelier; Gladys is also survived by; her closest grandchildren, Heather Grant and her fiancé Sean Luster of E. Montpelier, Paul Grant III of Barre, Jessica Gilman of Williamstown, Kyle Lund of West Topsham and Taylor Deuso of West Topsham, as well as 24 others. She is also survived by her closest great grandchildren, Bridget and Hailey Grant of East Montpelier, Alexis Spencer, Beckham and Reed Gilman of Williamstown, as well as 34 others. She was predeceased by four children, Arthur, John, Pauline, and Samuel. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service for Gladys will take place in the spring at the Cabot Village Cemetery. The family is in charge of arrangements.
, 88, of Cedar Drive, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Born on May 23, 1927 in Barre, she was the daughter of Lyman Arthur and Georgia Mae (Edwards) Shepard. She attended elementary school in Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School. Following her marriage to Gordon E. Martin, they made their home in the Marshfield and Plainfield area before moving to Roxbury. In 2004 after Gordon’s death, she moved to Berlin.
Virginia worked for the former Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and for the former Sprague Electric Company for over 40 years. After her retirement, she accompanied her husband, Gordon on the road throughout the United States reading surface plates for Rock of Ages. She was a former member of the Kingsbury Chapter 77, OES in North Montpelier. Her interests were reading, plants, and cross-stitch. Survivors include her sons, Wayne Martin and his wife, Marcy of Cabot and Robert Martin and his wife, Beverley of Lebanon, VA; her daughters, Joyce Mattson of Berlin and Sandra Pollander of Northfield; twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Eva Brown of Williamstown and Gloria Jean Shepard of Montpelier. Besides her parents and her husband, a son, David Martin; a brother, James Shepard; and a sister, Marilyn Bolado, predeceased her. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center with the date and time to be announced. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 59, died Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at his residence and the home of his caregivers, Mark Forgette and Sherla Melendy of Phil Street. Born on February 18, 1957 in Burlington, he was the son of Arlene Edith (Germaine) Mathieu. James was disabled since birth, but never lacked in love and affection. James attended Brandon Training School and later Washington County Mental Health. Since 1993, he has resided with his caregivers Mark and Sherla. He enjoyed being outside, going for car rides and interacting with others. He especially loved to give hugs and “fist bumps”. Survivors include his three brothers, Gary Mathieu, Kenneth Mathieu, and Randy Mathieu; four sisters, Sandy Burns, Joyce Laderbush, Laurie Streeter, and Donna Maynard; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother; stepfather, Ray Menard; and a sister, Sue Blaisdell. His memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the Websterville Baptist Church. Interment will be in the East Cemetery in Williston. There are no calling hours. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at the church.
, 99, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home with her family at her bedside. Born December 2, 1916, in Graniteville, she was the daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Bassett) Payne. She attended elementary school in Graniteville. On December 31, 1934, Ethel married S. Newell McKeage. They made their home in Websterville. In 1936, they moved to East Brookfield where they owned and operated a dairy farm. In 1984, they returned to Websterville. He died on February 14, 1989. Ethel was a member of the East Brookfield Congregational Church and worked on the chicken pie suppers held at the church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, playing cards and Parcheesi games, and will be remembered for her great sense of humor. She is survived by her four daughters, Elizabeth (and Ron) Day of North Reading, MA, Shirley Poulin of Barre Town, Mary (and Peter) Carpenter of Websterville, and Amy (and Bryan) White of Orange. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ethel was predeceased by her parents, her husband Newell, her nine siblings, and son-in-law Roger Poulin. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours. Entombment will be in the Hooker Whitcomb Vault. Later interment will be in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodridge Nursing Home, Resident Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
, 86, of North Main Street, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at his home with his loving family at his bedside. Born on December 25, 1929 in Barre, he was the son of David and Mildred (Martin) McKnight. John attended local elementary schools and Spaulding High School, leaving in 1947 to serve in the U.S. Navy in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1952. Upon his return home, John was employed as a Maintenance Technician at Rouleau Granite Company for many years. He married Mildred R. Lupien in February of 1972 in Barre. They first made their home in Barre, then East Barre before moving back to Barre. Mildred died on May 25, 2013. John was a member of the Barre Lodge of Elks #1535 and the Canadian Club. He was a champion cribbage player, enjoyed woodworking, playing darts and being in nature. Survivors include his daughter Robin McKnight and her husband, Mark Philbin of Harrisonburg, VA; his son Randy McKnight of Barre; his grandson David Nolan of Middlesex; his sister Lorraine Portalupi of Williamstown and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Elizabeth Launderville and Marion Safford, and his brother David McKnight. There are no services planned per his request. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 27, formerly of Williamstown, died unexpectedly on June 6, 2016 at University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) in Burlington. Born June 1, 1989 as the fourth daughter to her parents, Michael and Roxann McLam, Stacy grew up in Williamstown, VT where she graduated from high school in 2007. She continued on to Hartwick College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2011. Throughout college she worked as an emergency room technician at Central Vermont Hospital and after graduation took a job as an RN in the medical intensive care unit at UVMMC where she provided kind, compassionate and highly skilled care for countless patients and their families. Stacy will be remembered for her big heart and contagious smile. She brightened every room and knew how to make anyone laugh. She was smart and kind; beautiful inside and out. Survivors include her mother, Roxann; three sisters, Elisha McLam and partner, Stefan Lischke, Laura McLam and her husband, Marcelo Silva, and niece Josephine McLam-Silva, and Janice McLam and partner, Daron Guy; her grandparents Alfred and Eunice McLam; along with multiple aunts, uncles and cousins. Stacy was predeceased by her father, Michael McLam, and her maternal grandparents, Henry and Joyce White. Stacy’s life will be celebrated on Friday, June 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Barre Elks Club on Jefferson Street. Memorial contributions may be made to UVMMC designated to the Stacy McLam Memorial Fund to support nurses and patients of the medical intensive care unit, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401.
, 79, of Jefferson Street, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Born June 24, 1936 in Lyndon, she was the daughter of Herman L. and Irene M. (Courser) Jewell. She attended elementary school in St. Johnsbury and South Walden and attended high school in Danville, graduating from Marshfield High School in 1957. On June 16, 1957, Kathy married Edward Merchant in Marshfield. They lived in East Barre and Websterville before moving to Barre. Her husband died May 23, 2012. In her teen and later years, Kathy did a lot of babysitting. She worked at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant in Barre, Ames Department Store in Berlin, and Howard’s Market in South Barre. Kathy enjoyed watching Nascar Racing, lawn sales, and having yard sales with her daughter, Bonnie. She also enjoyed knitting lots of dishcloths for family and friends. Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Flanagan and her husband, Edward of Montpelier; her sons, Steven Merchant and his wife, Carol of Washington and Keith Merchant of East Barre; 4 grandsons, Justin Merchant and his wife, Nicole, of East Orange, Gabriel Flanagan of Denver, CO, Sheehan Flanagan of Missoula, MT, and Brendan Flanagan of Montpelier; 2 great-grandchildren, Keegan and Makynlee Merchant of East Orange; 1 step- granddaughter, Jani Bonanno and 2 step-great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Belisle and Jaiden Bonanno; a sister, Carolyn Vlamis of Natplias, Greece and sister-in-law, Arlene Jewell of Santos Valley, AZ; as well as several nieces, nephews, and very special friends. Besides her husband, Edward, she was predeceased by her parents and 2 brothers. A graveside service will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date and a celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held following the service. This will be posted in the Times Argus at a later date once arrangements have been made. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 110 Main Street, Suite 203, Burlington, VT 05401 or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT
, 83, of West Road, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his home. Born November 7, 1932 in Cabot, he was the son of Harry A. and Edith (Martin) Miller. He attended South Barre schools and Spaulding High School in Barre. On July 20, 1952 he married Sylvia J. Lawrence at the Miller Homestead in Barre Town where they spent their married life. Sylvia died July 19, 2002 at her home. Bob was a long-time dairy farmer; and a beloved School Bus Driver for the Montpelier School System. He will be well remembered for raising corn and distributing it to many local grocery stores. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friendly and helpful to all whether family, friends or strangers, and we will always remember that. Bob was a long-time member of the South Barre and Montpelier Church of Christ and several health support groups. Survivors include his son Richard A. Miller and his wife, Billie Sue of Urbana, IL and 3 daughters; Dorothy Miller and her partner Randy Wade of Santa Barbara, CA; Sally Black and her husband, Joven of Montpelier and Jane Benoit and her husband, Edmond of Barre Town as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Sylvia and brothers Willard and Harry Miller. On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Miller Homestead, 19 Sherman Drive, Barre Town his life will be honored and celebrated under the direction of his son, Richard Miller and grandson Ryan Miller, both ministers of the Church of Christ. Fellowship, a sharing time and a corn roast of Bob Miller corn will follow the ceremony.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 81, of Washington, Vermont died peacefully on January 24, 2016. Don had been diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer three weeks ago. The son of Henry and Catharine (Fraher) Milne, Don was born the second of four children in Barre, Vermont on July 16, 1934. Don met Marion Carson on July 3, 1954 in Lake George, New York. They had their first date the next day and were married on March 15, 1957. Marion was the one romantic love of his life. They were partners in marriage, parenting, grand-parenting, business, public service, politics, and all that they loved about life and each other. Marion predeceased him in August of 2014.
Don is survived by three of his children: Scott Milne of Pomfret, Vermont; Chris Milne and his wife Marjorie of Dover, Massachusetts; and Cathy Frey and her husband Scott Frey, of Barre, Vermont; and daughter-in-law Deborah Milne of White River Junction, Vermont. A son Keith Milne predeceased him in 1971. He had eight grandchildren: Keith Milne, Elise Milne, Nicole Frey, Jane Milne, Alex Frey, Lee Milne, Claire Milne, and George Milne. He leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and Gus Mastro, brother John Milne, and sisters-in-law Kay Milne, Agnes Eller, Jean DeFrees and Irene Hinek. He is predeceased by his brother Ted Milne and in-laws, Harry and Anne Carson, Francis and Julia West, Frank and Pauline Seiferheld, Bill Eller, Gene De Frees, Robert Hinek, and Marion’s siblings who died as children; William, Charles, Billy, John, and Marion Carson. Don also leaves many nieces and nephews, and his yellow lab, Vince. Don was born and raised in Barre. As a child he spent a lot of time working in the gardens with his great-grandfather, George Riddle of Monymusk, Scotland, at the home of his grandmother—Jennie Milne—in North Barre. He paid his way through Boston University with summer jobs in Lake Morey and Lake George, and drove a cab and managed a parking lot during the school year. While attending New York Law School he was a full-time employee of Royal Globe Insurance. Don began working in the Vermont House of Representative’s Clerk’s Office with Clerk Dale Brooks and assistant Clerk Bob Picher in 1960. He was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives in 1993, and was unanimously re-elected every legislative session until his retirement in October of last year. Don Milne worked with thousands of Vermont Legislators in his roles in the House and Senate over the past fifty-five years. These were experiences and relationships he cherished. According to Vermont Historian Paul Gillies, it is likely that Don worked with more citizen legislators as a legislative Clerk than any person in Vermont’s History. Don loved Vermont and he cherished our Legislature. He appreciated the good fortune he had to be a part of it for so long. Earlier in his career Don owned his own Law office in Barre and expanded with a second office in Chelsea. Later, he worked for many years in the Law firm of Richard E. Davis in Barre. He respected Richard Davis and the opportunity association with his firm afforded Don and his family. In 1975, he co-founded Milne Travel, and worked behind the scenes as a book-keeper, officer, and advisor until his death. Don served his home town of Washington Vermont in many capacities over the years, and was the longest serving Selectboard member in the history of the town at the time of his death. March of 2016 will be the first Washington, Vermont Town Meeting without Don on the ballot in several decades. He and Marion were recognized by their town as “Citizens of the Year” in 2010. Don Milne was a tireless public servant and citizen. He was co-founder of the Barre Elks Senior Citizen dinners—which have served over 50,000 meals, he is a former president of the board of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, former board member and president of Green Mountain Economic Development Council Board, former president of Vermont Young Republicans, former Barre City Grand Juror, and former Vermont Legislator—serving in a two-member district with future House Speaker, Walter “Peanut” Kennedy. Don was a confident, humble, hard-working, and non-judgmental person. He led not with words, but by a great example of the possibilities of a life well lived. Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. His funeral and life celebration will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Seminary Street, Barre. A donation of time or money to the charity of your choice or to the Keith Milne Fund at the Calef Memorial Library, 2964 VT Route 110, Washington, VT 05675 would be most welcome in Don’s honor.
BARRE CITY - Virginia “Ginny” Simpson Milne
, 91, of Barre passed away on June 15, 2016, unexpectedly in the comfort of her home after an evening with lifelong friends and her daughter, Jennifer Milne. Born January 18, 1925 in Barre, she was the daughter of Alfred and Catherine (Littlejohn) Simpson. She was a 1942 graduate of Spaulding High School where she was the class treasurer. She continued to be an active alumnus through the years. On August 27, 1949, Ginny married Allan Milne and had seven wonderful children. She was the co-founder of Allan Milne Pharmacy, which she successfully ran from 1963-1990. Ginny loved being an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barre. She spent many hours volunteering in the community; as a guardian ad litem, as an AARP Tax Aid, with the Barre Opera House, and with the Barre Ethnic Heritage Festival. She was also active in Barre’s Scottish history. Ginny loved her time with friends playing bridge especially her Monday ladies group. Survivors include her children, James (Judy) of Venice, FL, Jean of Brewster, MA, Jack (Cathie) of Venice, FL, Jennifer and Jay of Barre; 10 grandchildren – Honah Lee, Heather, Joseph, Elizabeth, Peter, Emily, Melinda, Joshua, Katie, and Amanda; 15 great-grandchildren – Isabella, Maxwell, Graham, Oliver, Isla, Everett, Stacy, Opal, Strummer, Kendall, Sydnee, Carson, Casey, Riley, and Jace; as well as her many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Besides her husband, Allan, she was predeceased by her parents, and sons Jeff and Jonathan; her sisters Dorothy Burbank, Margaret Hoare, Mary Chatot, Jean Hamilton, and her brothers Howard, William, and Alfred Simpson. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Barre with a reception following. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers she wished that memorial contributions be made to the Organ Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Seminary Street, Barre, VT 05461 or to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05461.
, 90, of Moran Road, passed away, Friday, July 8, 2016, at the University of Vermont Health Center in Burlington surrounded by her loving family. Mell was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Charles W. Moran, Sr. on May 5, 2016. Together they raised three children, Charles W. Moran, Jr. (Carol), Judith A. Clark (Gregory), and Mary A. Crossman (Gregory). She was a proud grandparent to Kati Moran McCurley (Alan), Matthew Moran (Sara), Christine Moran, Bradley Clark, Sarah Clark, Jeffrey Crossman (Dasha), Lisa Crossman, and Michael Crossman; great-grandchildren, Ashley Izor, Brian Izor, Nicholas Moran, Ronan Moran, Jennifer Clark, and Carmella Clark; and great-great-grandchild, Avery Izor. She also leaves cousins, Richard Veccharelli, Gloria Wachkowiak, Ronnie LaSalandra, Mary Longo, and Robert Veccharelli, including Zavengo, Pepper and Gagner families; a niece, Shirley McGuiness (Mac); a nephew, Robert Merkel, and many more. Mell was born on January 23, 1926 in Springfield, MA to Francesco (Frank) Paulo Longhi and Maria Veccharelli. Mell’s mother passed away when she was two years old. Frank raised her with loving support from her aunts, uncles and grandparents. Mell has shared fond memories of her devoted father and her family. While attending Springfield High School, she worked in a dress making shop. With the skills that she acquired, she continued to sew and create garments for years. During high school, she met the love of her life, Charles Moran, Sr. Following graduation, she married Charlie on September 4, 1944. They moved to Vermont where they established their home on Moran Road in Orange and lived there together for seventy-one years. Mell was a loving and devoted “angelic” wife and mother. She provided a loving center of hospitality at their home including great meals and gifts for all occasions. Mell enjoyed life and work and was a great Italian cook and a meticulous housekeeper. Mell was an avid shopper, reader, and “card shark”. Outside the home, she helped with school lunches, worked at a nursing home and for eighteen years, she was employed at the former Sprague Electric Company in Barre. She and Charlie volunteered at the Good Samaritan House in Barre and visited shut-ins for many years. Many enjoyable summer months were spent at the family camp on Marshfield Pond for over fifty years. During retirement, Mell and Charlie traveled the country in their orange VW “hippie van”. They enjoyed camping and staying at a variety of resorts, playing cards, meeting new people, dancing, and sharing life. Many enjoyable stories have been told of their adventures over the years. Mell was a very spiritual person. She and Charlie were members of the East Barre Congregational Church for many years where they sang in the choir. Both Charlie and Mell were honored as Emeritus Deacon and Deaconess of the church. She believed in praying whether for problems or blessings. Her faith and gentle loving spirit were an inspiration to her family and friends. To the very end of her life, Carmella showed grace and goodness which touched the lives of many. She was a constant loving, energetic and amazing person to share time with. We, her family, miss her greatly and know that she has joined Charlie in Heaven where we will be joining them when our time has come. The celebration of Carmella’s life will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Interment will be in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. After the service, there will be a gathering for a time of sharing and refreshments in the church’s fellowship room.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday, July 15, 2016, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the East Barre Congregational Church, PO Box 246, East Barre, VT 05649.
ORANGE - On May 5, 2016, Charles W. Moran, Sr.
, 91, passed away peacefully at home in the comfort of his Lord, his most beloved wife, Carmella, and his family. He was the loving and devoted husband of Carmella for 71 years and brought much joy and happiness to her. Together, they raised three children: Charles W. Moran, Jr. (Carol), Judith A. Clark (Gregory), and Mary A. Crossman (Gregory). He also leaves behind loving grandchildren: Kati Moran McCurley (Alan), Matthew Moran (Sara), Christine Moran, Bradley Clark, Sarah Clark, Jeffrey Crossman (Dasha), Lisa Crossman, and Michael Crossman. In addition, he leaves behind loving great-grandchildren (Ashley Izor, Brian Izor, Nicholas Moran, Ronan Moran, Jennifer Clark, and Carmella Clark) and a great-great-grandchild (Avery Izor). He also leaves his loving niece, Shirley McGuiness (Mac) and her family, nephew, Robert Merkel, and Carmella’s family, all of Massachusetts. Charlie’s life was an inspiration for each of us. He was born on November 15, 1924 in Springfield, MA to James Gustav Moran and Margaret Maloney Moran. He grew up with his older sister, Mildred Moran Merkel and his father in Chicopee, MA. Growing up, he spent summers at an island camp on Chicopee River (adjacent to the Ludlow Country Club) and the remaining months in boarding homes. Summers were filled with raising rabbits, fishing and retrieving golf balls from the river. At the age of 11, he earned an English bicycle from his Boy Scout troop and travelled alone to Old Orchard Beach, ME by way of the Horn of the Moon in East Montpelier. There, he met his caring “mom and dad Morse”. Years later, he met Carmella on a blind date. She became his love and best friend, and they spent a happy and wonderful life together. She inspired Charlie to write poems and love letters that she remembers fondly. The Morse Farm became Charlie and Mel’s first home after their marriage on September 4, 1944. He loved Vermont and soon purchased the Bisson farm in Orange where he resided for the rest of his years. He used his carpentry skills to rebuild their Orange home from floor to ceiling. Charlie had a strong work ethic. His jobs included work at the Springfield Armory (one of the largest weaponry suppliers during WW II), the Flint Lumber Co., Allen Lumber Co., Lane Manufacturing Co., and as a machinist at Smith Whitcomb & Cook Co., Trow & Holden Co., and Sprague Electric. He retired from Sprague Electric after thirty years of hard work. He spent many enjoyable summer months at the family’s camp on Marshfield Pond over the span of fifty years. During his retirement years, he and Mel travelled the country in their orange VW “hippie van”, enjoying camping and many time-share resorts. They loved playing cards, meeting new people, dancing, and sharing life. Many stories have been told about their adventures. In earlier years, Charlie enjoyed hunting and fishing. Charlie was a man of great faith, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior at an early age. His boarding house mothers nurtured his spiritual life. Charlie actively served in many roles at the East Barre Congregational Church. Both he and Mel were honored as Emeritus Deacon and Deaconess. He substitute pastored at several churches and was a great supporter of youth ministries, including Camp Wihakowi in Northfield. Charlie was also committed to serving the broader community. He served as an active Orange School Board director and catalyst for busing and the consolidation of several one-room schools. Charlie now rests in his eternal home. He will be greatly missed here on earth, but believers may see and enjoy him again at his heavenly home. His funeral service and the celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. After the service, there will be a gathering for a time of sharing and refreshments in the church’s fellowship room. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the East Barre Congregational Church, PO Box 246, East Barre, VT 05649.
, 62, of the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center on Red Village Road, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH with his family at his bedside. He had previously resided on Baptist Street in Graniteville. Born February 28, 1953, in Barre City, he was the son of Thomas H. and Enid (Fraser) Murphy.
He attended Barre Town Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1971 and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973. In 1976, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, also in Boston. David had been employed as an Engineer for the Stone and Webster Engineering Company of Stoughton, MA., later becoming a Certified Quality Control Inspector, making his home in Boston, MA.; Louisa, VA; Chicago, IL; and various foreign locations.
Prior to his retirement due to ill health, he had worked for the State of Vermont. Physical fitness, martial arts, and international travel were things he enjoyed and he was a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Survivors include his brother, Edward A. “Ted” Murphy and his wife, Lourdes, and nephew Craig Murphy, all of Vienna, VA., his stepbrother Ronald Mackie and his wife, Kathy, of Bradenton, FL., and more distant relatives. His parents predeceased him. His life will be honored and celebrated with the Mass of Christian Burial to be held at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville at a time to be announced in the Spring of 2016. Interment will follow in the family lot in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 70, of Eagle Crest passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with her loving family at her bedside. Born August 11, 1946 in Barre, she was the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Buswell) Morris, Sr. Bonnie attended elementary school in Orange and Spaulding High School class of 1964.
In 1970, she married Gordon Murray in the First Presbyterian Church in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Orange and enjoyed many wonderful years together. Bonnie and her husband ran an auto body shop for 30 years while raising their 3 sons. She was a member of Women of the Moose club and in her spare time, enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, playing bingo and going to the casino. Survivors include her husband, Gordon; and her sons Douglas Murray of Orange, VT and Joey Murray of Mooers, NY; her grandchildren Jessica, Kayla, Jodi, and Douglas Murray, Jr.; her sisters Patty David and her husband, Jack of Southerton, CT, Sandra Holt and her husband, Larry of East Montpelier ,VT and Avis Herwig and her husband, Robert of Williston, VT; her brothers Steven Morris and his wife, Linda of Orange, VT; Richard Morris and his wife, Rose of Canaan, NH; and James Morris and his wife, Karen of Danville, VT. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Scott Murray and his wife, Deborah; her granddaughter Laura Murray; and her brothers Robert Morris and Edwin Jr. “Junie” Morris. Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Vermont, 431 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401. The service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours. Interment will be held in the spring at the East Corinth New Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
, aged 87, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016, at Starr Farm Rehab & Nursing Center, Burlington, VT. He was born on June 27, 1929 in Roxbury, MA to Magnus and Catherine (Mullen) Nelson. John grew up in Boston and graduated from Quincy High School in 1947. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Following his Navy service, he completed a full year of courses at Boston College. He worked as a corporate buyer for the Jordan & Marsh Company before moving into a lucrative and rewarding career in sales that brought him and his young family to Vermont in 1961, making Barre, VT home for more than 45 years. Over his long and successful career, he received many professional certifications, citations, and awards including a gold and diamond ring, which he cherished. John married Evelyn Flanagan on August 8, 1953, at Saint Augustine’s Church in Jamaica Plain, MA. They were happily married for 63 years. John was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and a past District Deputy. He’d also been a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. & a Life Member of Barre Elks Lodge #1535. He enjoyed rooting for all of his children at their sporting events and also coached Little League Baseball in the G.C.L.L. He was an avid fan of all Boston Pro sports teams, cherishing their 9 Championships during his lifetime! He enjoyed camping and golf. He loved his dogs and cats, and was a master at Whist, the card game of his life. John is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Burlington; his children, John, of Wilder; Tom and his wife, Estelle, of Essex Junction; daughters, Joanne and Kathleen, of Essex Junction; Richard and his wife, Katjana, of Somerville, MA; Robert, of Barre; grandchildren, Erin, of Denver, CO; Gregory, of Rochester, NY; Iliana and Sophia of Somerville, MA; and brother, George and his wife, Lee, Weymouth, MA; and many loving nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his beloved father, mother, four sisters and 5 brothers. He cherished all his family members, his entire life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Monica Catholic Church, 79 Summer Street, Barre on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 1:00 PM. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society of Vermont or the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association.
, 90, a long-time resident of Barre, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, surrounded by family members. She was born, December 2, 1925, in Haverhill, MA to Clifford and Gladys (Philpott) Pingree. Joyce graduated from Haverhill High School, Haverhill, MA in 1944. On September 8, 1946, she married Alan H. Noyes and they lived in Haverhill until 1960 when they moved to Barre, VT. After Al retired, they spent winters in Rotunda, Florida where many of their Barre friends also wintered. Joyce worked for several years doing clerical work prior to having children, then became a homemaker and when her youngest started school, she worked as a part-time bookkeeper at Harvard Clothes. For many years, Joyce and Al enjoyed square dancing. She loved to sew, knit, bake, bowl and play golf. She was a member of the Barre Country Club and also golfed in Florida. Joyce was a volunteer at the Barre City Hospital Gift Shop and was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing and singing in the Hospital Auxiliary Follies Show.
Joyce is survived by her six children and their spouses: Linda Livendale and her husband, Charlie; Bill Noyes and his wife, Diane; Rossie Conklin and her husband, Rick; and Debbie Swartz and her husband, Bill all of Barre; Jon Noyes and his wife, Susette Bollard of Montpelier and Dave Noyes and his companion Cathy Chamberlain of Colchester as well as her 13 grandchildren: Bonnie Livendale Hughart; Jeff and Greg Noyes; Robin Pickel and Heather Pickel Sanders and Brian Conklin; Steven Noyes; Ben and Adam Schersten and Taylor Noyes; Aaron, Scott and Daniel Robinson, and 14 great-grandchildren and two nieces. Joyce was pre-deceased by her husband Alan Noyes in 2009, and her grandson Joe Livendale in 2004, as well as her brother Clifford Elmo Pingree. Calling hours will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Barre Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, Barre. Committal will be in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Randolph Center, in the Spring at the convenience of the family.
, 73, of South Main Street, died Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at her residence. She was born on February 23, 1943 in Bennington and attended local schools. Mary had never been married and she formerly lived at the Avery Apartments in East Barre before moving to the Tilden House. In earlier years, she had been a factory worker, a nurse’s aide, had done custodial work, worked at the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre, for the Vermont State Library, and was a security guard at the Capital Candy Company in Barre. Mary was proud that she had maintained her sobriety from 1971 to 2016. She was a member of the Dr. Bob Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the years, Mary provided friendship, caring, and support to hundreds of people in recovery. She very much loved her dog and loyal companion Sky. She leaves behind many friends in the area. Special friends, Bill Gonyaw and Orlando predeceased her. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Arthritis Foundation, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301 or a charity of one’s choice.
, 59, of the Graniteville Road, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at his home.
Born on June 20, 1957 in Barre, he was the son of Francis and Margaret (Fontana) O’Hara. He attended the Holy Ghost Convent and Williamstown Schools and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1975. He went on to attend Champlain College in Burlington and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.
On October 15, 1983, John married Diane Allen Page in the Barre Universalist Church. After their marriage, they made their home in Graniteville.
In earlier years, John was a police officer for the Hardwick Police Department and he worked in maintenance at the Heaton House in Montpelier and at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. He also worked for the Adams Granite Company and Rock of Ages Granite Company as a polisher, for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, and presently for Cabot Creamery.
John was a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville where he had served on the parish council.
John loved sports and coached his sons youth soccer and baseball teams. He loved people. With a handshake, his charm and his “gift of gab”, he would take the time to get to know anyone.
He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time at his camp on Seymour Lake, riding his motorcycle, and vegetable gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Diane O’Hara; his sons, Christopher O’Hara and Ryan O’Hara; his mother, Margaret O’Hara; two brothers, Jeffrey O’Hara and his wife, Ellen, and Mark O’Hara and his wife, Flora, all of Graniteville; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Rogers and her husband, Scott, of Lebanon, NH and Janet Sallotti Page of Rutland. He also leaves five nephews, Kevin O’Hara of Williston, Matthew O’Hara of Graniteville, Travis O’Hara of Woodbury, and Clifton Rogers and Joseph Rogers of Lebanon, NH; two nieces, Megan Price and Anna Rogers both of Lebanon, NH; as well as his great-nephews.
His father, Francis O’Hara and a nephew, Daniel O’Hara predeceased him.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Entombment will be in the Hooker and Whitcomb vault to await later burial in St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Special Olympics, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, VT 05403.
, 78, of Vermont Route 232 passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born May 24, 1937 in Oceanside, NY she was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Bejsovec) Slanetz.
Helen worked for the State of Vermont at the Department of Education for many years. Survivors include her daughter Doris Oatley of Montpelier; and two sons, Robert Oatley, Jr., of Montpelier, and William Oatley of West Virginia.
Per her request there are no services.
, 89, of Vermette Lane, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at her home. Her family had been at her bedside.
She was born on April 24, 1927 in Websterville, the daughter of John E. and Mamie F. (Ahern) Wright. On May 26, 1950, she married Carroll E. Ordway, Jr., in Williamstown where they originally made their home before moving to Washington in 1968.
Velma attended the School of Nursing at the former Barre City Hospital and continued her education with the post graduate course in nurse instructing at the University of Vermont. On September 9, 1945 she joined the United States Nurse Corps. Velma was a Registered Nurse and Nursing Instructor at the Barre City Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafts, especially rug hooking, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Carroll; her daughters, Martha Kennedy and her husband John, of Lancaster, KY, Molly Paulger and her husband Thomas, of Montpelier, and Amanda Whaples and her husband Lawrence, of Barre Town; her sons, Cal Ordway and his wife Deborah Grant Ordway, of West Bolton, Ned Ordway and his wife Crista Brown Ordway, of Washington; 9 grandchildren, and 1 greatgrandchild.
She was predeceased by her parents, and brothers Richard and Darwood Wright.
Her life will be honored and celebrated with a graveside service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Green Mountain Pug Rescue, c/o Phil Douglas, 283 Town Line Road, Mendon, VT 05701, greenmtnpugrescue.com and/or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 80, of West Corinth Road, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 15, 2016. His loving family was with him at his bedside.
Born on June 30, 1936 in Williamstown, he was the son of John and Esther (Belville) Pallas. He attended elementary in the “Two Room Schoolhouse” in Graniteville and was a graduate of Williamstown High School’s class of 1954.
Following his high school graduation, Jon enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an electrician before being honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and served there with dedication and distinction for 25 additional years.
While in the service he married the love of his life, Marie Ann Dickinson, in the Websterville Baptist Church. They made their home and raised a family together in Washington for 49 years. She passed away in 2006.
His entire professional career was spent as a self-employed Master Electrician before retiring from both his business and the Army National Guard.
Jon was a founding member of the Central Vermont ATV Club, a Scout Master for both the Graniteville and Washington Boy Scout Troops, and was a longtime volunteer firefighter with the Washington Fire Department, even helping in the construction of the fire station.
Some of his special hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, riding ATV’s, being at camp, outdoor sports, and taking trips to Maine with his wife, Marie, even continuing the tradition after her passing. He especially enjoyed being around people and loved his family and cherished grandchildren.
He is survived by two sons, Kevin Pallas of Milton, and Jon Pallas and his wife, Karen, of Plainfield; a daughter, Kim Martin of Washington; four grandchildren, Alycia Martin, Joseph Pallas, Emily Pallas and Samantha Pallas. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and leaves no living siblings behind.
A graveside service to honor and celebrate Jon’s life will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont ATV Club, Attn: Terri Crawford, 105 Eastman Road, Orange, VT 05641 or the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 91, of Lincoln House died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin surrounded by her family following a brief illness.
Marie was born on May 14, 1925 in Barre to Alden and Mae (Paul) Burke. She was a lifelong resident of Barre, spending most of her life living at 24 Patterson Street.
Marie graduated from Spaulding High School in 1943 and was always actively involved in class reunions and other activities.
In 1951 she married Harry Perrigo. He predeceased her in 1986.
She was a member of St. Monica’s Church and the Catholic Daughters of America as well as an active volunteer at St. Monica’s School and Marian High School.
Marie was employed by Paige & Campbell Insurance Company until 1952. In the following years she was a full time homemaker until returning to work briefly in 1978 for the State of Vermont Unemployment Office.
Marie leaves four children; Ann (Ron) Morissette of Centennial, CO, Michael (Jean) Perrigo of Barre, Lynn (Dave) Crocker of Kennebunkport, ME, and Margaret (Brian) Pellon of Conroe, TX, and a sister Margaret (Earl) Morton of Beaumont, CA, nieces, a nephew and several cousins.
She also leaves nine grandchildren; Elizabeth Rowe, Laura Gallup and Ryan Morissette of Colorado, Joel Perrigo of Northfield, Kimberly Powers of East Barre, Caitlin Grady of Chesterfield, NH, Christina Porter of Portland, ME, Michael Pellon of Conroe, TX and Jennifer Pellon of Houma, LA. She is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Marie was predeceased by her brother, James P. Burke and a granddaughter Katherine Pellon.
Marie also enjoyed many years of special friendships with lifelong friends.
For the past five years, Marie has resided at Lincoln House in Barre and received excellent care from many wonderful staff members. In lieu of flowers we ask that contributions in her name be made to the Lincoln House Activity Fund, 120 Hill Street, Barre, VT 05641. Her graveside service will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours. Everyone is welcome. The family is planning a celebration of her life at a later date in 2017.
, 80, of Brooklyn Street, formerly of Leominster, MA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 with her family by her side. Marie relocated back to Barre City in June of 2015. She resided at the Metivier Residential Care Home since that time.
Born on January 1, 1936 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Alphonse and Alice (Lamorey) Perusse. Marie attended elementary school in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School with the class of 1954. Following her graduation, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she served with dedication and distinction before being honorably discharged. She married Norman Gallant and they later divorced.
Marie was employed as a Secretary with the City of Burlington for many years. She was known for her wit and fiery personality by all who knew her. She was a true animal lover at heart and often said that she “preferred animals over people”. Throughout the years, she had many Yorkshire Terriers and all of them held a special place in her heart.
Survivors include her son, Mark Gallant of Great Falls, MT; her daughter, Monique Britt of Leominster, MA; her niece, Trisha Hunt and family of Washington; her siblings: Yvonne Gallagher, Lawrence Perusse, Gary Perusse, and Jean Perusse. Marie also had two very special friends in life, Penny Ricci and Linda Bowen.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Morris Perusse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church in Graniteville. Per Marie’s wishes, her ashes will be scattered in York Beach, Maine, a favorite place of hers where many fond memories were made.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie’s memory to your local humane society.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff and residents of Metivier Residential Care Home. All of these people are special and will always be remembered for their kindness and generosity.
of Steller Road, died on Monday, December 12, 2016, with his beloved wife, Suzanne Murphy, comforting him.
He was born in Vernon, VT, on August 2, 1941, the son of Alfred and Irene Peterson, and grew up on a farm in Conway, MA. Brad was an organic farmer, raising glorious gladiolas and every vegetable he could possibly grow in Vermont. He was instrumental in keeping a small Farmers’ Market thriving in Williamstown for years.
When Brad was young, he attended Stockbridge (MA) Agricultural School, and then worked as a landscaper on golf courses. He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. His unit, stationed in Alaska, was readying to go to Vietnam in 1964 when the earthquake kept them in Alaska for a year of assisting with the aftermath. After discharge, Brad worked in factories in Connecticut and in Springfield, VT. Most recently, he worked for the Barre Housing Authority, where he specialized in growing flowers and landscaping. The residents of several complexes appreciated Brad’s gardening talents and his kindness towards them.
With his hearty laugh, great sense of humor, interest in people and nature and his kind generosity, Brad was loved, respected and appreciated by family, friends, and community members. They all benefitted from his garden abundance.
Brad is survived by Suzanne, his wife of 30 years, who will cherish memories of their good life together and of Brad’s kindness, humor, and caring. He is also survived by his brother, Al (Char), of Oregon; nephews Eric and Nathan Peterson, of Massachusetts, and Chip Samson of California; nieces Kristen Compton (Kevin), of California, Alissa Morton (Jack) of North Carolina, and Tamara Samson of North Carolina; grand-nephews Anthony and Thomas Peterson and grand-nieces Stephanie Peterson and Aleigh Compton. Suzanne’s children, Matthew Czaplinski (Caryn Brady) of Massachusetts, and Anne Treadwell of Burlington also survive Brad. Six grandchildren blessed Brad’s life for years: Charlotte, Jack, Bobby, and Ethan Treadwell, and Claire and Maeve Czaplinski.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Tom, and more recently by his good friend, Howie. Always a Yankee fan, Brad had a marvelous memory of going, at age 10, with his father to Fenway to see Joe DiMaggio play. Running was also a big part of Brad’s life and strength. Until his recent illness, he ran five times a week on dirt roads. He ran many races and marathons earlier in his life, including the 1982 and 1984 Boston Marathons, and was proud of his 2:47 PR in the 1983 Maine Coast Marathon. Brad often used sports metaphors in his humor and recently told a good friend that he was in “extra innings.” Brad’s humor was a gift to all who knew him, especially his family.
Suzanne wishes to thank her very supportive children, Brad’s brother and wife, and his nephews, for their visits, as well as good friends. Maureen Conway, their dear cousin from Colorado, was also with Brad and Suzanne at a critical time in his illness. Suzanne especially wants to express her appreciation for the caring staff at CVH on 2 South, Dr. Anthony Williams, Hospice, and the incredible staff of Woodridge.
There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Brad’s memory could be made to the Williamstown Food Shelf, the Sierra Club, or Kurn Hattin Home for Children (Westminster, VT), which he always supported, as did his father. In Spring, a gathering may be planned. Brad’s ashes will then be scattered on his farm, near his parents’ graves, and in Lake Champlain, where he loved to fish, especially in the winter.
, 69, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Her loving family was at her bedside.
Born on June 17, 1947 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Erma (Smith) Washburn. She attended elementary school in Montpelier and was a graduate of Montpelier High School in 1965, where she was part of the cheerleading squad for all four years.
During high school she met the love of her life, Albert Steven Phillips, at a dance in the Montpelier Recreation Center. They were married in Montpelier on May 6, 1965 and spent 51 wonderful years together. The two made their home in East Montpelier for many years where they raised two sons Scott and Brent.
After raising her two boys, she went to work for New England Telephone and eventually Verizon, where she worked for seventeen years before her retirement. She also was employed at the Times Argus for 13 years.
Linda had many hobbies and interests throughout her life, the most important being her dogs and cats, walking and exercising every day, going dancing, watching her beloved Patriots and Red Sox, admiring the birds around the feeders at her home, spending summers in North Hero on Lake Champlain and most importantly being with her beloved family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Albert; two sons, Scott Phillips and his wife, Kelly, of East Montpelier and Brent Phillips and his wife, Adrienne, of Plainfield, NH; two grandchildren, Brock Phillips of East Montpelier; and Alicia Laferriere and her husband, Cory, of Barre Town; as well as a great-granddaughter, Quinn Lilian Laferriere. She also leaves a brother, John Emery Washburn, and a sister, Merle “Tootie” McDermott.
A celebration and time of fellowship to honor Linda’s life will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the Canadian Club of Barre, on Vermont Route 14, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687 Montpelier, VT 05601, or the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.
EAST MONTPELIER – Frances Marie “Fran” Pickel
, 65 of Vermont Route 214, passed away at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on May 6, 2016.
Born October 24, 1950 in Suffolk, VA, she was the daughter of Charles and Agnus (Daniels) Mitchell.
She graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA in 1969. Fran married David A. Pickel, Sr., on December 20, 1967 in Elizabeth City, NC. They later moved to Vermont.
She was a realtor with Century 21 Jack Associates in Montpelier for many years. Fran enjoyed spending time with her family, especially spoiling her grandchildren, and volunteering.
She is survived by her husband David, sons David A. Pickel, Jr., and Christopher V. Pickel; her grandchildren Alexandra, Charlie and Chase Pickel all of East Montpelier, VT and Jyneva Pickel of Boston, MA; her mother, Agnus Brett of Virginia; her sisters Virginia Burbage of South Carolina, Pam Pickel of Vermont and Charlotte Baehm of Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased by her father, Charles Mitchell.
The service to honor her life will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Vermont, 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, VT 05401.
, 63, of West Hill Road, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 23, 2016 at his home in Berlin.
Born November 25, 1952 in Barre City, he was the son of Ernest and Gloria (Pironi) Plante. After attending elementary schools locally he graduated from Williamstown High School in 1970. Following high school he went to work for the State of Vermont where he eventually retired after a long career. Post-retirement he took a job at Sherwin Williams that he found to be very rewarding and interesting.
On November 15, 2007 he married his loving wife, Kimberly Hussey, in Berlin. They made their home in the area, where Dennis had lived for many years.
Dennis had many interests in life, but the ones that held a special place in his heart included fishing, going to camp, playing softball, bowling, whether it is candlepin or regular, and most importantly he loved his two dogs, Tinker and Elliot.
Survivors include his mother, Gloria; his wife Kimberly of Berlin; three step-daughters, Heather, Jessica, and Ashley; four brothers, Terry Plante and David Plante of Williamstown, and Lewis Plante and Jimmy Plante of Virginia. He is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Plante; a son, Corey Plante; and two brothers, Gary and Robert Plante.
A time of memorial and fellowship to celebrate Dennis’s life will be held at the Barre American Legion Post #10 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. His family will spread his ashes in one of Dennis’s favorite places at a time of their choosing on a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Corey Plante Scholarship Fund at U32 High School, 930 Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602.
, 58, of Packard Street, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His loving family members were at his side.
Born in Barre City on December 14, 1957, he was the son of Harold and Katherine (Scott) Putney. He attended elementary school in Barre Town and was a graduate of the Spaulding High School Class of 1975.
On October 4, 1979, Paul married the love of his life and old bowling partner, Lynn (Saia) Putney in Goose Green. Following their marriage they made their home on Packard Street in Barre, where they raised their two beautiful children and resided until the present day.
After Paul graduated high school he went to work at the Malden Mills Textile Plant in Barre Town, where he worked from 1975 until 1988. In 1988 he left Malden Mills and went to work for SW Rentals in Berlin. After a decade of being a hardworking and dedicated employee, Paul eventually purchased the business. Since then he and his wife, Lynn, have run SW Rentals, making it a staple of the local business community.
Paul was a longtime member of the Central Vermont Rotary Club and a devoted parishioner of the Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church. He served as both a Church Elder and Treasurer for the parish.
Throughout his life he had many hobbies and interests, but the most important to him were working around the house and gardens, building his large Christmas village display, being an avid Green Bay Packers fan, yelling at the Boston Red Sox, and especially spending time with his loving family.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn, of Barre; his son, Paul Putney, Jr. and his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Alex Adams and Nicole Putney, all of Randolph; and his daughter, April Putney, of Seattle, WA. He also leaves three brothers, Roland Putney of Websterville, Ronald Putney of Chelsea, Harold “Murley” Putney of Barre, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his sister, Gail Putney, of Elmore.
A Church Service to honor and celebrate Paul’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 46 Warner Road, Berlin. Friends and Family may call on Monday, October 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Later interment will take place privately at a time of the family’s choosing.
WILLIAMSTOWN - Flora Mary (Miller) Riddell
died February 8, 2016 at her home in Williamstown, VT due to complications of old age. She was born on September 10, 1927 in Greensboro, VT, the second daughter of Alice L. (Nutting) and William. W. Miller. She graduated from Greensboro H.S. and attended as many reunions as possible. She met Carl D. Riddell and they were married on June 29, 1946 in a double ceremony with her older sister. Mary (as she was commonly known in Williamstown) became a farmer’s wife with all that entails. Mary and Carl had five children: Carolyn A. (Howard) Peake; Elizabeth J. (Michael) Persons; James A. (Valerie) Riddell; Susan E. (Kenneth) Robbins; and Cindy L. (Steve) Endersen.
Mary was an active member, held many offices, and was PWM of the O.E.S. Charity Chapter, No. 57 in Williamstown. She made many pies and batches of donuts for local fundraisers in town.
Many Sundays she played piano for the local Methodist and Congregational Churches. She loved music from big bands to Lawrence Welk to Country music and especially musicals. Mary loved flowers and always had them indoors and out. She fed birds all winter and hummingbirds in the summer.
Mary and Carl hosted and had visitors from around the world. Some of the countries ‘touched’ by the Farmer’s Wife: England, Rhodesia (South Africa), Scotland, Argentina, India, Columbia, Australia, and Israel. In their middle years they would take their children on camping trips as far away as Detroit and Prince Edward Island and many places in between. In later years they traveled together to the corners of the U.S. as well as to Scotland and Ireland. All roads led to and from the farm on South Hill.
Mary loved shopping, crossword puzzles and a cup of tea. She liked to tan while driving tractor in the hayfields in summertime. She would sing and play the piano at home and sometimes the violin. She and Carl worked with 4H youth and taught gun safety to local children. Mary was a very good shot, winning some local shoots. Various dogs – from Midnight to Kia to Charlie – were her constant and loyal companions.
Mary worked off the farm as the Assistant Town Clerk for a while in Williamstown. As a Farmer’s Wife she helped feed cows and calves, cleaned milk room equipment and the barn. She would cut seed potatoes in the spring, help dig potatoes in the fall and grade them all winter. She did all this and managed to tend the house, mend clothes and feed the family. Mary started college at UVM but went back to the farm to help Carl. She was his constant caregiver in his later years and was with him when he died.
She is survived by her youngest sister, five children, ten grandchildren (Jesse & Sarah Persons, Matthew, Lindsey, & James Riddell, Brandy (Matthew) and Benjamin (Alanea) Robbins, Heidi, Kelly, & Amos Endersen), three great-grandchildren (Matthew McHugh Jr. and Austin & Colton Robbins), and many nieces and nephews along with special family friends. She was predeceased by her parents, husband and older sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641-5369. An internment and memorial service will be held in the summer at a time to be announced.
, 32, of Lague Lane, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, with his family at his bedside.
Born on February 26, 1984 in Berlin, he was the son of Daniel Ray and Carrie Ann (Davison) Roberts, Jr. Justin attended Twinfield Elementary School and graduated from Twinfield High School, in Plainfield, in 2002. He went on to attend Utah State University in Orem, UT.
While attending high school, he had worked at Tim’s Convenience Store in Plainfield and the Sports Image at the Berlin Mall. After high school, he worked for Robert’s Tree Service in Plainfield, for Washington County Mental Health until 2014, and was a caregiver for Cody.
Justin made his home in Marshfield and in Utah, before moving to Barre. He was a member of the Crossroads Christian Church in East Montpelier.
He enjoyed special times on trips to Maine and the ocean, playing softball and basketball, camping trips, family gatherings, and barbeques, his beloved dog, Boston and his cat, Tinks. Justin’s interests included collecting sports cards, hunting, playing X Box, and watching the NY Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Celtics.
Justin had a special place in his heart for his two nieces, Kaile and Koral and his sister, Christina who helped to take care of him the past two years.
He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Carrie Roberts of Barre; his sister, Christina Roberts and her daughters, Kaile and Koral Roberts of Barre; maternal grandparents, Carl and Mirla Davison of South Barre; paternal grandmothers, Kay Roberts Santamore of Plainfield and Lorraine Perreault of Alabama; special friends, Taz Duranleau of Graniteville and Mija Noble of Kissimmee, FL; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
His paternal grandfather, Daniel Roberts, Sr. and an uncle, Chad Davison, predeceased him.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday, July 8, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Justin’s memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Crossroads Christian Church, 115 Fassett Road, East Montpelier. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Groton Village Cemetery after the fellowship.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or to the Crossroads Christian Church, PO Box 187, East Montpelier, VT 05651.
EAST MONTPELIER – Wayne Ellsworth Roberts
, 80, died at his home on Vermont Route 14 South on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Born in St. Johnsbury on July 21, 1936, he was the son of Eugene and Susie (Blodgett) Roberts.
Wayne attended elementary school in Marshfield. He worked on a farm in his early years, until he was employed as a Derrick Operator in numerous granite sheds in the Barre and Montpelier area.
He married Ruth Mary Stone in Marshfield, they later divorced. She died in 2011. In 1961, he married Linda Auberton. After several years living in Marshfield, they moved to Barre Town. She died in 2012. Most recently he lived in East Montpelier.
His memberships included the Canadian Club and the Barre American Legion Post #10. In his spare time, Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tinkering on cars. In his early years he enjoyed snowmobiling. His favorite activities included socializing with his friends and relatives, and he loved to dance with the ladies.
Survivors include his sons Gary Roberts and his wife, Sunee of Cabot, Brian Roberts and his wife, Suzanne of West Danville; his daughters Julie Roberts of Marshfield, and Debbie Duprey and her husband, Bill of Northfield; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; life-long friends Larry and Sandy Holt and many other friends.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters Joyce and Marjory and his brothers Francis, John, Raymond, and one grandson, Adam Roberts.
A graveside service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Eaton Cemetery in Marshfield. There are no calling hours.
, 83, of Bisson Road, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born on October 17, 1932 in Washington, she was the daughter of Ernest H. and Florence E. (Pero) Webster. She attended Washington Village School and Spaulding High School in Barre.
In earlier years, Bea had worked at the former M.H. Fishman and J.J. Newberry Department Stores in Barre, as well as various nursing homes. For 18 years of her employment career, she worked at the former Sprague Electric Company in Barre in capacitor production and in shipping.
She attended the Universalist Church in Washington and was a member of the Riverside Grange in Waits River.
Beatrice lived a life devoted to her family especially to her son, Todd and granddaughters, Trisha and Deena. She loved to read and enjoyed spending time with her family. She had strong political beliefs and was a loyal supporter of the Democratic Party.
Survivors include her son, Todd Robinson and his wife, Kathy; granddaughters, Trisha Robinson and Deena Robinson, all of Orange; three sisters, Catherine Nanna of Colchester, Carolyn Pepin of Montpelier and Yvonne LaCross of Berlin; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, six brothers, Marshall, Reginald, Roland, Rudolph, Roger, and Cornelius “Bunny” Webster and three sisters, Ervine Morrison, Joyce Clermont and Virginia Sanborn, predeceased her.
Her graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cheney Cemetery in Washington. There are no calling hours.
Contribution in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
, 85, of Skylark Terrace passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Central Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness.
She was born August 7, 1930, daughter of John K Campbell and Blanche (Morrison) Campbell in Graniteville, VT.
Tish attended Lower Graniteville Elementary School, and graduated from Spaulding High School in the class of 1948.
She worked at Peerless Insurance Company, and the Barre office of the C. I. O. On January 10, 1953, she married Peter Rossi in the Graniteville Presbyterian Church. They made their home in Barre City until 1971 when they moved to Barre Town.
Tish was a long time member of the Barre Congregational Church, where she was always a member of the Chancel Choir- She loved to sing!
She was a member of the Altrusa Club of Barre since 1971 and the Granite Center Garden Club of which she was granted a Certificate of Life Member of the Federated Garden Club of VT in 2011. She was also a long time member of the Country Club of Barre.
Her main interest were her beloved children, grandchildren, and great -grandchildren, knitting and doing whatever she could for her friends, and people in general. She was a “people” person.
Tish is survived by her children, Douglas Peter Rossi, Robin Onorina Bergeron, along with her much loved son-in-law, Nicholas Bergeron; grandchildren, Adam Bergeron, Kristen Bergeron Christeas (Elias), Andria Rossi, Marisa Pacetti (Aaron); great-grandchildren, Ella Rose and Samuel Thomas Bergeron, Sophia Isabella and Theo Alexander Christeas, and Aria Jameslynn Pacetti, as well as friend, Giovanna Pucci.
She is also survived by her brother, Murdo Allen “Tony” Campbell and his wife Gail, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tish was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, John “Buddy” Campbell and Kenneth Campbell, four sisters, Ethel Sweet, Verna Imperiale, Beverly French, and Lois “Anne” Call. She also leaves one sister-in-law, Lucille (Campbell) Hoyt. Another sister-in-law, June Campbell is deceased.
Her life will be honored and celebrated on Friday, July 22, at 11:00 AM at the Barre Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, Barre, VT. There are no calling hours.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the wonderful, caring healthcare professionals at Central Vermont Medical Center and Woodridge Nursing Home, who cared for her so compassionately during her brief illness. We will forever be grateful.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Barre Congregational Church Choir ? Eric Tupper-Gilles, 35 Church Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 66, of Spring Hollow Lane, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born March 22, 1950 in Hardwick, he was the son of Merle and Lillie (Jacobs) Rowell. Donald attended East Calais schools.
On May 24, 1969, he married Cynthia Little in Woodbury. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre Town.
Donald worked for the City of Barre as a truck driver, the Wells Lamson Quarry, and as a lumper for the Adams Granite Company retiring after 20 years of service.
He was a member of the Steel Workers Union and in his spare time enjoyed hunting, traveling in his motor home, riding his tractor, watching Boston Red Sox games, taking trips in his truck to Kittery and Old Orchard Beach, Maine with his wife, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Cynthia; his daughter Tammy Cota, and her life partner, Jeff Emmons of Northfield; his grandchildren Brooke and Laci Cota “the joy of his life”; Donna Roberts, loving family member for over 20 years; his sisters, Shirley Collier and her husband, Tom, of Greensboro, Milly Brumback and her husband, Terrell, of Calais and Betty Chase of Barre Town; his brothers Cecil Dailey and his wife, Martha, of Greensboro, Edward Rowell and his wife, Nancy, of North Calais, Douglas Rowell of Calais, Richard Rowell and his wife, Nancy, of East Montpelier.
He was predeceased by his parents, his son Kevin Rowell, and his sister, Liz Paton.
The graveside service to celebrate and honor his life will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Sunday, August 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
, 77, of Quarry Hill Road, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on November 27, 1938 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Eugene and Myrtle (Bedell) Allard. She attended elementary school in Graniteville and was a graduate of the Williamstown High School Class of 1956.
On July 12, 1958, she married Richard Ruel at the St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Following their wedding they made their home on Brooklyn Street in Barre for several years and eventually moved to their longtime residence on Quarry Hill. They later established homes in Naples, Florida and on Malletts Bay in Colchester.
Jean worked as the bookkeeper for R & R Granite for many years as well as being an outstanding homemaker for their family.
She had many hobbies and interests, but her favorite things to do were going bowling, playing bingo and gambling. She also loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; four sons, Richard Ruel Jr. and his wife, Sue Ann, of Florida, Robert Ruel and his wife, Annie, of Montpelier, Roger Ruel and his wife, Rebecca, of Williamstown and Ryan Ruel of Orange; her daughter Cynthia of Florida, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Mickey Allard, and two sisters, Gail Sayers and Margo Budrow.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother, Allen Allard.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jean will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Monday, July 25, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Jeans memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Vermont at 431 Pine Street, Suite 214, Burlington, VT 05401 or to the Freezing Fun for Families Softball Tournament.
, 89, of Sheridan St., passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born on March 12, 1927 in Lunenburg, VT he was the son of the late Archie Sr. and Gertrude (Covey) Sabens. Robert graduated from Northfield High School, class of 1945. He married his wife Beth (Stone) Sabens on June 11, 1949 in Montpelier. Together they made their home in Northfield Falls for many years, and most recently Barre.
He served in WWII and the Korean War, and was honorably discharged. Upon his return he worked as an estimator for Rock of Ages, and retired after 37 years. Robert enjoyed volunteering at numerous organizations and was an avid blood donor.
In addition to his wife Beth, Robert is survived by his children; Kim (Marty) Daniels, Kai (Kathleen) Sabens, Kip (Laurie) Sabens, Kellie (Michael) Puestow, and Kyra (Normand) Goodyear; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. He was the last surviving child and is predeceased by his brothers; Alan, Delwin, Donald, Niles, and Archie Sabens; and his sisters, Reberta Davis, Dorothy Higley, and Marcia Abaire.
A private graveside service will take place in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the Spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hedding United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 40 Washington St. Barre, VT 05641 and/or the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 VT-14, East Montpelier, VT 05651.
of Dianne Lane in Barre Town received her angel wings on Friday, March 18, 2016 surrounded by her loving family in the Palliative Care Suite at CVMC.
Judy was born August 10, 1947 to Jeanette (Smith) and John P. Hooker in Barre, VT. She attended Lower Websterville Elementary School and was a 1965 graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre. On June 29, 1968 she married the love of her life Matt. After graduation Judy went to work for the State of VT, first for the Highway Department and later for the Education Department. She worked for many areas of the Education Department, but spent the bulk of her career working for Traffic Safety and Driver?s Education. Judy loved her work and was committed to the young drivers of the State of Vermont. She believed that Driver's Ed was as important as any “academic” area in schools and worked hard to keep it in our high schools. She earned many awards for her work in Driver's Ed, including VDTSEA's Lindsey Townsend Regional Award, the Jay Curtis Award, and the John Harvey Memorial Service Award. Judy retired from the State in 2010.
Judy was an amazing mentor to many children throughout her life. She was a Sunday school teacher, a Girl Scout leader, and an advisor for the VT Teen Leadership Safety Program. She loved her work with kids and especially loved getting ready for the fall Governor's Youth Leadership Conference. She loved the energy the kids gave her and the fun they would have the night before the conference, doing set up and staying up half the night. She would always get so excited in the weeks before the conference because she knew she would see “her” kids. She also loved hearing from kids she had mentored and learning of their accomplishments in life after high school.
In the warmer months Judy loved to garden, go camping at Stillwater State Park in Groton where she loved to sit by the lake and watch the loons, and kayak on VT's many lakes and ponds. She also loved to watch her daughter Karen play softball and developed a special relationship with the girls on Karen's Women's League team, the “Hooker” girls. During the colder months Judy loved to spend time doing her genealogy and playing board and card games (which she also loved to cheat at). She had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Barre Congregational Church where she was baptized and where she served on many committees. She was a volunteer at the Vermont History Center, and a former member of the South Barre Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary.
Judy is survived by her husband of 48 years Mathew “Matt” Safford, her daughter Kristina “Krisi” Safford, her daughter Karen Safford and her partner Lori Shepard, her sister Jackie Swartz and her husband Dr. Donald Swartz, her brother John “Joe” Hooker and his wife Cindy, her brother-in-law David Safford and his wife Sandy, sister-in-law Connie Spaulding and her husband Bob, brother-in-law Karl Safford and his wife Dale and sister-in-law Vicki Safford. She is also survived by her honorary daughters Beth Bresett and Jen Estivill, many nieces, nephews, and honorary grandchildren.
Judy was predeceased by her mother Jeanette Hooker, her father John P. Hooker III, her mother-in-law Marion (McKnight) Safford, father-in-law Hollis Safford, her sisters Margaret Rose Lee (Hooker) Merriam and Maidae Louise (Hooker) Merrill, and brother John Perry Hooker.
A service of remembrance and celebration will be at the Barre Congregational Church on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11 AM. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Barre Congregational Church Book of Remembrance or to the Barre Congregational Church scholarship fund at 35 Church St, Barre, VT 05641.
, 63, of Palmisano Plaza, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016, at her home.
Born on February 21, 1953 in Barre, she was the daughter of Martin and Louise (Chapin) Bass. She attended local schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre.
Kelly had worked for International Coins and Currency in Montpelier in customer service and marketing for thirty-four years.
She always had a special love for dogs and her current dog, D.K. was her constant companion.
Survivors include her sister, Cathy B. Shaffner; a brother, Arthur C. Bass; and a niece, Carrie L. Watson.
Her father and mother, Martin and Louise Bass, predeceased her.
A remembrance gathering will be held at Kelly’s home at 15 Palmisano Plaza, Barre on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 80, of Currier Street, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Her family was at her bedside.
Born January 7, 1936 in Barre, she was the daughter of James and Iris (Chase) McLeod. She attended Lincoln School and graduated from Spaulding High School in the Class of 1954.
On June 21, 1957, Janet married William Santin, Sr. in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Their entire married life was spent living in Barre.
Janet was a homemaker and took pride in her home, was a great cook, and a talented seamstress. She also enjoyed knitting and crafts. For 14 years, she was the owner and operator of Janet’s Restoration an antique shop.
Survivors include her husband, William Santin, Sr. of Barre; two daughters, Sherri Mead and her husband, Karl of Grand Rapids, MI and Sandi Sicotte and her husband, Fred of Colchester; a son, William Santin, Jr. and his wife, Tammy of Barre Town; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her parents predeceased her.
Entombment will be in the family’s mausoleum in the Hope Cemetery in Barre at their convenience. There are no calling hours. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Woodridge Nursing Home, Residents Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
Janet’s family would like to thank the staff at Woodridge Nursing Home and Dr. Peter Dale for the excellent care and friendships given to her during her stay.
, 54, of Highgate Drive, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 17, 2016, at her home in Barre.
Born on August 28, 1961 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Edward and Loraine (Cooke) Ryan. She attended Rumney Elementary School in Middlesex, graduated from U32 High School in East Montpelier, and attended the Community College of Vermont.
On May 21, 1988, Robin married David Sawyer in East Montpelier. They lived in East Montpelier, Barre, and Hardwick.
She worked as a Bartender at the Moose Club, the American Legions, and the Canadian Club. Robin loved animals and in her spare time she enjoyed music, going lawn saleing, playing slot machines at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and most of all spending time with her kids.
Survivors include her ex-husband David Sawyer; her daughters, Crystal Ryan and her husband, Derek Cave, Melynda Foley and her husband, Brian, and her son Charles Sawyer; her grandchildren, Danyelle, Sawyer, Riley, and excitedly awaiting the arrival of her fourth; her sisters Donna Boutin, Elle “Sputnik” Sanborn, Rocky LaPan, Pam Leggett, and Linda Sanborn.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her niece, Sara LaPan; nephew Scott Mobus; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Boutin, and Harry LaPan.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the VFW Post #790 on the East Barre Road in Barre Town. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Source Code: 10556874, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or Circle (formerly the Battered Women’s Shelter), PO Box 652, Barre, VT 05641.
, 85, formerly of Milford Township and East Greenville, PA passed away Sunday July 24, 2016, at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, FL. He was the widower of Janice (Bartlett) Saylor.
Born in Allentown, PA in 1931 he was the son of Elmer R. and Enola (Unger) Saylor. John was a graduate of William Allen High School in Allentown, PA and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New Haven, CT.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the Army's 1st Calvary Division. John was the owner of the Weather-Vane Restaurant in Pennsburg, PA and an employee of Merck Pharmaceuticals in West Point, PA for 28 years until he retired in 1992.
John was an avid runner, skier, and fisherman. A member of the Merck milers he enjoyed running in both 10K and marathon races in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Survivors include his son Jeffrey Saylor and his wife, Maureen, and his grandchildren Nicholas and Noelle Saylor.
The graveside memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre, VT
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
, 88, of Maple Avenue, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 29, 2016, with her son Richard at her bedside.
Born in Barre on February 14, 1928, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Freda (Aylwin) Belville. She attended elementary schools in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1948.
On September 25, 1948, she married Frank L. Scott in the First Presbyterian Church of Barre. They spent all their married life in Barre City. He died December 11, 2013.
In her early years, she worked at the Granite City Creamery and after she got married she was a homemaker. Caroline volunteered for the food program at Central Vermont Community Action Council and for several years at the former McFarland House.
She enjoyed word games, playing cards, reading and traveling and visiting museums. Caroline was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barre.
Survivors include her two sons, George Scott and his wife, Claudia of East Lansing, MI, and Richard Scott of Barre; her grandson Steven Scott and his wife Nena of Clayton, NY; two great-grandsons Steven Scott, II and Jeron Scott; one great-granddaughter Cierra Scott of Clayton, NY; one sister Marion Hazelton of Cedar Rapids, IA; four other grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Frank L. Scott; her brothers Robert (Bummy) Belville and Walter Belville; her sisters Mildred Scrizzi and her husband, Bruno, and Dorothy Lavin and her husband, Serafin.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Monday, October 3, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The service to celebrate and honor her life will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Barre. Interment will take place in the family lot in Hope Cemetery prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077, or to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Chapter, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446.
, 86, a longtime resident of Bridge Street, died Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre City. Her family was at her bedside. Prior to entering the nursing home, Madeline was a resident at the Fortier Community Care Home, also in Barre City.
Born May 20, 1929, in Randolph, she was the daughter of Clayton and Hattie (Lee) Tucker. She was a graduate of Randolph High School, and has attended Castleton VT State College.
On November 24, 1950 she married Glendon A. Shute in Randolph. Following their marriage they lived in Randolph, and since 1965 in Barre Town. Glendon died June 3, 1989 in South Barre.
Madeline had been employed as a grocery clerk and head cashier at the former Howard’s Market in South Barre for over 30 years and for a brief time at Hannaford’s.
We will remember her for her guitar playing and singing and taking friends and family to medical appointments, and always being available to help someone.
She was a longtime and active member of the Websterville Baptist Church and had served her Church in many activities.
Survivors include her son, Gary Shute and his wife Nancy of East Barre; 3 grandchildren Douglas and Amanda Shute, Thomas Shute and Kristin Provost; 4 great grandchildren, Alexia and Sydney Shute, and Berlin and Sierra Provost; nieces and nephews, and more distant relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Glendon, and her brothers, Floyd, Ernest and Richard Tucker.
Madeline’s life will be honored and celebrated at the Websterville Baptist Church on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Later inurnment will be made in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Randolph.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Websterville Baptist Christian School, P.O. Box 1, Websterville, VT 05678.
, surrounded by family, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Leah was born on July 25, 1947 in Hardwick, VT and was a longtime caring member of the Graniteville community. She is predeceased by her parents, Frances M. Clark and Leon R. Cookson and sister, Barbara A. Gray. She was dedicated to her children, Sandy J. Boutin, Tammy A. Turk (deceased), and Christopher A. Skinner; her grandchildren, Joseph Martineau, Belinda Turk, Donald Boutin, Nathaniel Kingsley; and three great grandchildren. She had stepchildren, Tammy Skinner, Mike Skinner, Anne Skinner, and Joan Skinner. She was affectionately called Gram by many others. Leah is survived by siblings, Neal Clark, Donna Outhouse, Leon W. Cookson, Lana Cookson, Alice Kilinicci, Kim Flippin, and stepbrother Patrick Cookson.
Leah never lost her curiosity about life, she loved fishing, cooking, her vast collection of cookbooks, and time spent with her flower and vegetable gardens. Many remember her canning, great tongue pickles, pies, and more. At a family gathering, we might expect to try a recipe we never had before. Most recently, we fell in love with an apple rhubarb pie made with rhubarb from the garden and apples picked and frozen from last season. Which apple do we think she used? Her home, heart, and kitchen were always a welcoming safe haven for all who stopped by or needed respite. Especially at Christmas which was her favorite time of year.
We will celebrate her life on Saturday, July 9, 2016, 11 a.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 7868 US Route 2, Plainfield, VT 05667.
A potluck reception will follow at Leon Cookson’s ballroom (formerly Plainfield New & Used Furniture) at the blinking light on US Route 2 in beautiful downtown Plainfield, VT.
, 94, of Phelps Road, passed away on July 8, 2016 at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre, with her beloved husband of 53 years by her side.
Born in Barre, Vermont on August 9, 1921, she was the daughter of Warren and Williamina (McAllen) Cole. She attended local schools and was a graduate of the Plainfield High School class of 1939.
Corinne married her first husband, Rizieri “Jack” Lamberti in 1939, they had two sons, Peter and Carlo “Butch”. Jack passed away in 1953.
In 1963, she married Charles Smith and they made their home “on the hill” in Barre for the past 53 years.
To know Corinne meant you knew she gave the best hugs and could knit, crochet and/or mend ANYTHING. You would also know that her family was her pride and joy, whether you were blood or married into her family. She was especially proud that she was able to provide childcare for all of her grandsons and her great-grandchildren as well.
Corinne was also an active member of The Cobble Hill Grange for over 50 years.
All of us that were fortunate enough to love and be loved by this great woman and we already sorely miss our matriarch.
Corinne leaves behind; her husband, Charlie, of 53 years; Son, Peter (Dorothy) Lamberti and Daughter in-law, Linda (Carlo) Lamberti of Barre; Stepsons, Charles (Jean) Smith Jr. and Stephen Smith all of Arizona; Her grandsons; Peter “Jr”, Jack (Marie), Paul (Sheryl), Dean (Darlene), Scott (Maria), Steven (Jaylene) and Jason Lamberti. Her legacy will continue to live on in her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandson, as well as many friends and other family members too many to mention, but were very important to her nonetheless.
Her mother and father, brothers, Warren “Lesley” and Edwin “Spud” Cole, her son, Carlo “Butch” Lamberti and her stepsons, David and Frank Lamberti, predeceased Corinne.
We, her family cannot express enough of our gratitude for the genuine care she received while at Rowan Court from ALL of the staff. Our heartfelt thanks go to, to name a few; Tim, Trish, Cassie, Katelyn, Brooke and Courtney.
There will be no services per Corinne’s wishes.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Corinne’s name to the Rowan Court Resident Activities Fund, Address: Rowan Court Health & Rehabilitation Center 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 61, of Richardson Road, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Her loving family had been at her bedside.
Born on September 7, 1954 in Houlton, ME, she was the daughter of Keith and Francis (Ruth) Vose. She attended Houlton Elementary School and was a graduate of the Houlton High School class of 1972.
She married Bruce Brown in the summer of 1972 in Houlton, ME. They made their home in the Houlton and Dixfield area for a number of years. She remarried to Jerry Smith in 1982 and remained in Houlton for majority of their lives together.
Patricia enjoyed crocheting and most importantly loved spending time with her family. She will always be remembered as a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Pallas and her husband, Shawn, of Barre, VT, Lisa Dangerfield of Florida, and Kim O’Toole of Bangor, ME; five grandchildren, Tyler and Nicole Lenentine, Dylan and Lylian Dangerfield and Jayden Kimbal-Pratt; three brothers, Edward, Dana, and Steven Vose; two sisters, Connie Pike and Susan Riley as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was also predeceased by her brother Michael Vose.
A graveside and committal service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town.
In lieu of flowers her family would like contributions to be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 75 Talcott Rd # 40, Williston, VT, 05495.
, 91, of Camp Street, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at home with her family at her bedside.
Born on December 27, 1924 in Northampton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Ernest and Maria W. Reynolds.
Ruth graduated from Northampton High School in Northampton, MA with the class of 1942. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA in 1946 and continued her graduate studies in the field of economics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
On October 11, 1947, she married Donald Ladd Smith of Barre Town, VT in Northampton, MA. He died on March 7, 2001. After their marriage, the couple moved to Vermont.
Ruth worked in the office of Cook, Watkins, and Patch before working as a reporter for the Montpelier Argus and Burlington Free Press for several years. In 1969, and she and her husband bought Windy Wood Orchard which she continued to operate until 2004. Ruth was also a licensed Casualty Insurance Agent and a Welcome Wagon Hostess for several years.
In addition to raising her family and working, Ruth was a member and former chair of the Barre Town School Board for 7 years, and Chair of the Barre Town Bicentennial Committee. She was also very involved in politics, she was a member of Washington County Republican Committee, former chair and secretary of the Barre Town Republican Committee, and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1987-1994 representing Barre Town. Ruth served as Secretary of the Vermont State Republican Committee for 4 years, Chair of the Republican Mental Health Task Force for 6 years, Treasurer of the Vermont Federation of Republican Women, and as past President of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Auxiliary. She was an Incorporator and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Austine School for Deaf in Brattleboro, former member of the Vermont Federal Bank Advisory Board and a former member and co-chair of the Barre Granite Museum Study Committee.
In 1984, Ruth received a Greater Barre Community Service award, she was also presented with an Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Sportsmen’s Alliance for Vermont’s Environment in 1988, and in 1996 she was awarded the Barre Town Citizenship and Service Award.
Ruth was the founding member and President of the ABH Extension Homemakers Club, as well as President of the Washington County Extension Homemakers. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and went on to serve as District Chairman and Officer of the Board of the Vermont Girl Scout Council. Ruth was a former officer of the Cobble Hill Grange and a member of the State and National Granges. She also served as Treasurer, Vice-President and eventually President of Altrusa International of Barre from 1995-1997. In 1948, Ruth joined the Barre Congregational Church and served in the roles of clerk and treasurer.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing Contract Bridge, reading and travel.
She is survived by her son, Donald Reynolds Smith of Barre; her daughter Rebecca Ruth Smith Miracle of East Montpelier; and her granddaughters Brittany Jane and Halen Elizabeth Miracle of East Montpelier.
Besides her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her sisters Ernestine Moore and Marilyn Gray.
The service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Barre Congregational Church. There are no calling hours.
, 75, of Phil Street passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, with his loving family at his bedside.
Born August 16, 1941 in Barre, he was the son of Wayne and Carrie (Payne) Spaulding. He attended elementary school in East Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. After high school, Doug served in the Vermont Army National Guard.
On February 4, 1967, Doug married Susan Jane Boudreau in St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre. They made their home in East Barre.
Douglas was first employed by the family business WW Spaulding, and then he worked as a Sales Representative for a Food Broker retiring after 40 years of employment. In his retirement years, he worked part-time as a driver for Formula Ford.
He was a member of the Mutuo, Inc. Doug enjoyed doing carpentry work and built his own home. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, cross country skiing, kayaking, traveling, visiting cemeteries and especially time spent with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; his daughter, Sherry Spaulding and her husband, Robert Kowalski of Pepperell, MA; his son, Martin Spaulding and his wife, Joanne of Barre Town; three grandchildren, Max Kowalski, Madison Spaulding, and Emma Spaulding; his brother, Robert “Toad” Spaulding of East Orange; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Spaulding.
The service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, or the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 64, of Williamstown Square passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.
Born February 15, 1952 in Barre, she was the daughter of Silas Robert and Ruth Winifred (Martin) Cochran.
Wendy attended Websterville Elementary School and later in life earned her GED.
On December 24, 1975, she married Fillmore Frank “Pinky” Spencer in Orange. They made their home in Orange. They divorced in 1983 and she moved to Williamstown. He died in 1992.
She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Wendy enjoyed putting together puzzles, crafts, crossword puzzles, and playing cribbage.
Survivors include her daughters Edith Hough and her husband, Clifton of East Barre and Christina Burrece and her husband, Henry of Clayton, MI; her son Frank Spencer and his wife, Rachel of Graniteville; her grandchildren Sylver Edson, Devon Burrece, Sonia Therrian, Lloyd Flint, and Connor, Madison, and Millie Spencer; 3 step grandchildren Nicholas Hough, Clifton Hough III, and Jody Evans; and 1 great grandson Brayden Martin; her brothers Robert Cochran of East Barre and Kendall Cochran of Berlin.
She was predeceased by her parents.
A graveside service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in the Wilson Cemetery in Lower Websterville. There are no calling hours.
, SPC U.S. Army, of River Road, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016 at his home.
Born December 28, 1994 in Berlin, he was the son of Gerald and Alicia (Pixley) Stauff, Jr. Gerald attended local elementary schools, the Barre Technical Center and graduated from U 32 High School. While he was in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Iraq as a Specialist in the 716th Engineering Company based out of Somersworth, NH. After his deployment, he returned home and lived in Berlin before settling in Moretown. Gerald was employed by Simply Subs, F.W. Webb, and New England Air where he specialized in heating, ventilating and air conditioning work.
In his spare time, he enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and playing sports, football, soccer and lacrosse, and hanging out with his friends and family.
Survivors include his parents, his grandmother Margaret Kelly and her life partner, Harold Ward, his grandfather Gerald Stauff, Sr., his sister Victoria Stauff, and his brother Zachary Pixley, as well as many aunts, uncles, and family members.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Wilmer Grandfield, grandmother Geraldine Pixley and grandfather Douglas Pixley.
The service to honor and celebrate Gerald’s life will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre with interment to take place after the service in the Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Pease Greeters, PO Box 22311, Portsmouth, NH 03802-2311.
, 90, died peacefully Sunday, October 9, 2016, at home surrounded by his family. Born in Burlington on February 17, 1926, he was the son of Arthur and Ardelle (Call) Sullivan. Bill received his education in Bethel and South Royalton High School. When he was 17 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy. He participated in nine major engagements in the South Pacific Theatre.
Lillian Trenti of Barre and Bill were married in St Monica’s Church in Barre on July 18, 1946. Lillian and Bill recently celebrated their 70th anniversary this past July.
Bill joined Green Mountain Power as a 3rd Class Line Maintainer in September of 1947 and retired after 41 years of service in 1988 as Operations Supervisor for the Montpelier District.
Bill was a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Lillian and Bill got pleasure traveling to Moosehead Lake and the coast of Maine in search of the perfect lobster meal. After his retirement, he became an avid golfer and traveled to various golf courses in Vermont and South Carolina with friends.
Bill was a member of Mutuo Soccorso, American Legion Post 10, VFW Post 792, Canadian Club of Barre, and was happily a lifelong member of the IBEW Local 300.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian; 2 daughters, Linda Harbeson and husband, Joe of Perkinsville, VT, Debra Lindelof and husband, Lawrence of Hinesburg, VT; 1 grandson, Bill Harbeson and wife, Amanda of Springfield, VT; and 4 great-grandchildren, Kelsie, Cameron, Cooper, and Bella all of Springfield, VT. He is also survived by 2 nephews, John and Wayne Sullivan of Louisiana.
A brother, Arthur Sullivan of Louisiana, predeceased him.
There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at Hope Cemetery for the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory can be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 75, of Cutler Corner Road, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, at his home with his loving family at his bedside after a long period of failing health.
Born on August 10, 1941 in Barre, he was the son of Robert A. and Luna A. (Eastman) Svarfvar.
He attended Chelsea Elementary School and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1959. He had served in the Vermont Army National Guard.
On September 18, 1965, he married Shirley McHugh at St. Francis Mother Cabrini Church in East Barre. Following their marriage, they had made their home in in Barre Town.
For most of his life, Bob was self-employed in the firewood and then the logging business. Most will remember him for selling firewood and snowplowing.
He was a hardworking man who was known for speaking his mind. He will forever be remembered for doing things his way.
In earlier years, his interests included hunting, bowling, playing horseshoes and pool. Later, he enjoyed NASCAR and watching baseball and football games.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 51 years, Shirley; his three daughters, Robin Svarfvar of South Barre, Penny Farrell and her husband, John of Chelsea and Tami Svarfvar and her husband, Paul Giannoni of Barre Town; six grandchildren, Alyssa Barnett and her companion, Tony Matz, Dustin Barnett, Alayna Barnett, Taylor Farwell, J.D. Farwell and Madison Giannoni; his sister, Annie Grant-Raymond and her husband, Bill of Barre Town; and several nieces and a nephew.
He was predeceased by his parents. Also, his beloved dog “Alfie” who was his constant companion.
His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, followed by a fellowship at the Steak House Restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 90, a long-time resident of Park Street, died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Lincoln House on Hill Street where she had lived since July of 2015.
Born June 27, 1926, in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Beaton) Tanguay. She attended Barre City Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1944.
In 1947 she graduated from the former Barre City Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Beverly enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a nurse, first as a Nursing Supervisor at the former Barre City Hospital and we will always remember her as the Principal Nurse for the late Dr. Ernest V. Reynolds for many years. When his office closed, she continued her career in nursing at the former McFarland House in Barre City and the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, retiring in 2005.
Beverly enjoyed her many visits to New York City, its art museums, Broadway shows and the city’s history as well as many trips to Maine’s beaches with her family. She also loved gambling in Las Vegas with friends, flower gardening and reading mystery novels.
Besides her sisters-in-law Beverly Riddel Tanguay of South Burlington and Estelle Tanguay of Barre Town, survivors include nieces Michele Burak and her husband, William; Patti Boyce and her husband, Jeffrey; Andrea Merritt and her husband, John; Dawn Tanguay; Pamela Simendinger and her husband, David; nephews Jeffrey Tanguay and his wife, Qin; Thomas Tanguay; and Michael Sassi and his wife, Donna and cousins Donna Scott and her husband, Kevin and their children Hillarie and Karrin and Cheryl Currier and her husband, David and more distant relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Charles, Barry, and Donald Tanguay and special cousin Ruth Beaton.
Beverly’s life was honored and celebrated with her graveside and committal service on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre City with the Rev. Laura Cadmus, Pastor of the Berlin Corner Congregational Church leading the service.
Rev. Cadmus read a poetic tribute to Beverly and her profession, “The Nurses Prayer”.
In attendance was a delegation of former Nursing Colleagues and representatives from Lincoln House on Hill Street where she had resided for the past year.
Fellowship, a sharing time and luncheon followed at the home of cousin Donna and Kevin Scott on Park Street.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activity Fund, Lincoln House, 120 Hill Street, Barre, VT 05641 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601-0687.
BARRE TOWN – Francis (Frank) Tedeschi, Jr.
, 65, Cobble Hill Road, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, after a long illness with his loving family at his bedside.
Born January 26, 1951 in Hopkinton, MA, he was the son of the late Francis and Veronica (Pyne) Tedeschi.
Frank was raised in Hopkinton, MA and he moved to Vermont after graduating from Career Academy in Boston, where he landed a job at radio station WSKI in Montpelier. Many people remember Frank as Frank OT at WSKI.
After years at the station, he became owner of Gusto’s Bar in Barre. This is where he met many life-long friends. For many years he played baseball and hockey where Gusto’s sponsored his baseball team. This was his passion. One of his greatest accomplishments in life was earning his black belt in Karate from Freddie Lapan at Fred Villari’s Studio. Anyone who knew Frank, knew what a more than generous person he was.
Frank leaves his girlfriend, Carol Patterson of Barre Town. Carol unselfishly, gave so much of her time taking care of Frank and making sure his care and comfort was the most important job she had. He leaves behind his brother Richard of Jacksonville, NC; his sister Anne (Flannery) Roberts and her husband, Joseph of Hopkinton, MA. His niece Tanya Tedeschi of Long Beach, CA and his nephew Jeff Flannery and his wife, Debra, along with their two children Shawn and Collin from Marlton, NJ; his niece and goddaughter Lauren (Flannery) Jordan and her husband, Kevin along with their children Lyla and Colton. He also leaves his former sister-in-law Elaine Tedeschi from Lebanon, NH. In addition to his many friends in Barre, Frank leaves numerous childhood friends and relatives in the Hopkinton, MA area.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Raymond Flannery.
Per Frank’s wishes, there will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the Villa Maria Care Center where she had been a long-time resident.
Born in Elizabethtown, NJ on March 25, 1932, she was the daughter of Lloyd E. and Esther J. (Cumming) Eisenwinter.
As an infant, she came to Barre with her parents and attended local schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in the class of 1950. Joan became a member of the Barre Congregational Church, where she was a soloist. For several years, she was a telephone operator at the New England Telephone Company.
In 1956, she married John Lacroix of Barre in St. Monica’s Catholic Church. Soon afterwards they moved to San Gabriel, CA where he owned a night club. They divorced in 1962.
Joan then moved to Tucson, AZ where she worked in several offices and lived with her parents.
In 1991, she married Harold Thompson, he died in 1998.
Joan enjoyed music for which she had professional training, and was an accomplished soloist at public gatherings. She likewise studied art specializing in oils on canvas.
Survivors include her brother, Allan Eisenwinter and his wife, Jimmie, of LaVerne, CA, her sister-in-law Jeannie Eisenwinter of Ellenton, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert Eisenwinter, and her sister Dorothy Peck.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at the Villa Maria Care Center in Tucson, AZ. Interment will be in the Cumming Mausoleum in Elmwood Cemetery in Barre.
, 76, of Creamery Road, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.
Born on March 13, 1939 in Hardwick, she was the daughter of Joseph J. and Hazel L. (Baldwin) Leno. She attended local schools and later obtained her GED.
Shirley was first married to Walter Ira “Bud” Hurdle. They made their home in Montpelier and Adamant before moving to Washington. He died on March 4, 1991.
On September 23, 1996, Shirley married Rodney C. Trevett in the Macedonia Baptist Church in Plainfield. Following their marriage, they lived in Plainfield and Washington.
In earlier years, she had worked as a cook at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Montpelier. Later, she was employed by the former Sprague Electric Company in Barre in capacitor production and for the Vermont Department of Human Resources in Montpelier.
Shirley was a member of the Washington Baptist Church. She was always engaged with anyone in need and volunteered at the Barre Soup Kitchen. She was active with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Program. Her largest deployment was to Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, MA feeding three hundred families that were displaced by hurricane Katrina.
Shirley enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking, crossword puzzles, and playing with her three year old Pug, “Maggie”.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney C. Trevett of Washington; sons, Charles Hurdle and his wife, Laurie of Washington and Thomas Leno and his wife, Rebecca of Woodbury; stepsons, Rodney J. Trevett of North Carolina and Jack H. Trevett of Barre; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Dickinson and her husband, Kim of Marshfield and Christine Trevett of Tucson, AZ; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Lemieux and her husband, Edward and Arlene Levesque and her husband, Bernard, all of Washington; two brothers, Robert Leno and his wife, Emily of Newport, RI and Donald Leno and his wife, Patricia of Washington; and nieces. Nephews, and cousins.
Besides her first husband, Walter “Bud” Hurdle, she was predeceased by three sisters, Florence Leno, Marie Kennedy, and Margaret Lemieux and a brother, Joseph Leno.
Her memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Washington Baptist Church. There are no calling hours. Inurnment will take place in the spring in the North Branch Cemetery in Middlesex.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 77, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Central Vermont Hospital of natural causes.
Born in Pennsylvania to Dr. Frederick and Margaret (Moffitt) Van Buskirk, Fred moved to Vermont at a young age and spent his childhood and adolescence growing up on Burlington’s “Fraternity Row.” He graduated from the University of Vermont and from Syracuse University obtaining a masters in journalism. After college he took off for New York City landing stints with an ad agency and with Newsweek. His career, however, was interrupted by Uncle Sam who called him to teach English in the Army’s GED program. Following his service, he decided to seek a job in Vermont and ski a season. That winter started a long-term career with a national health agency that took him into every town in Vermont at one time or another. With so much traveling, he had no time to find a suitable office for his organization and turned to Bud Heney for assistance. Years later, playing in a tennis group of retired and senior businessmen including Bud, Fred again expressed interest in real estate. Bud said if he passed the test he could join his company, then W.J. Heney & Sons. Fred passed and began his second life-long career in Vermont.
Fred loved real estate. Initially attracted to it by the opportunity for autonomy and self-direction, he realized, after 20 years, what “held him in” through up and down economies was the connection and satisfaction it gave. He loved helping a new buyer or someone who hadn’t bought or sold a home for a long time navigate their way through the process. “That’s the fun, that’s the satisfaction,” he said. The fun and satisfaction, however, was not always appreciated by his family. The yearly Christmas ritual of the dining room table covered from end to end with hundreds of holiday cards to be stuffed, addressed, and sealed was one tradition they could have done without. Even family outings included some aspect of real estate, whether it was stopping at the office, or checking on a listing. Fred was the commensurate agent totally dedicated to his job.
In addition to real estate transactions the business provided other satisfactions, such as serving as Central Vermont Board of Realtors President in 1998 and serving on a number of local board committees. Fred’s greatest satisfaction, however, was working in the Heney office. He enjoyed the staff immensely, especially his gals, Alice and Carol. Without them, navigating the world of technology would have been a disaster.
Fred was an avid tennis player. Nothing, not even real estate, would interfere with his games. Every Tuesday and Friday morning he would dash off (usually a little late) to meet with his friends. In later years, as the group matured, the playing slowed to a weekly session. Fred continued tennis until recently when his health prevented it. Fred loved skiing almost as much as tennis and spent many winter days hitting the trails. Tennis and skiing were his recreation and his therapy.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne; his daughter, Lauren and her husband, Bobby, of Virginia Beach; his sons Andrew and Freddie, both of Vermont; a sister, Marianna and her husband Edmond Little of Jericho, Vermont; two brothers, George of Massena, New York; and Emmett and his wife, Jo of Bristol, Vermont. He also has several wonderful nephews and nieces; Krista Hammel of Essex Junction; Stacy and her husband, Mark Mailloux, of Kingston, N. H; Jeremy and Mariko Matsumura Van Buskirk of Boston; Cameron and Lorena Van Buskirk of Virginia; and Duncan and Amy Van Buskirk also of Virginia.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Barre Town EMS who worked so diligently trying to keep Fred with us. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 5, at 11:00 AM in the Barre Congregational Church. Calling hours will be Friday, November 4, from 6-8 at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home. A reception for friends and family following the service will be held at Fred’s home in Barre Town.
, 91, of Wildersburg Common, died February 29, 2016, at Central Vermont Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. A resident of Barre Town for the last 11 years, George had previously lived in Groton but spent most of his life in Montpelier. George had been a resident of Rowan Court Health and Rehab Center for the last 2.5 years, where he received loving care from the compassionate staff.
Born in Montpelier, he was the son of George C. Walker, Sr. and Anne MacDonald Walker.
After graduating from Montpelier High School, he attended Tri-State College in Indiana before enlisting in the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a tail gunner on a B-24 and flew 35 missions with a crew that was one of the few to return fully intact from the war. He was awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement upon his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant from the Air Force. George completed his B.A. degree at Norwich University, where he graduated in 1949.
George was lucky to fall in love twice in his life! He married Ruth Dow Walker on June 13, 1948. They enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage and had 2 children. After Ruth's death in 1998, George met and married Jeanette Bolender on May 27, 2000. They would have celebrated their 16th anniversary this spring. Jeanette was a loving, caring, and supportive partner during his journey with dementia.
George was a longtime employee of the Times Argus newspaper. After a 25-year career, he retired in 1989 as the Classified Advertising Manager. He had previously worked with his father at their family business, Montpelier Electric Co., and at Capital Stationers.
George loved cars and music. He particularly liked his Volkswagen Beetle convertibles! He was very musically involved in the community and sang with the Gentlemen Songsters, a barbershop group, for over 40 years. He also sang with the Barre Choraleers, the St Andrews Kilted Chorus, and the choir at the Barre Presbyterian Church. He performed as a soloist in the area for many years as well.
George was also active in the Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, The Elks, The American Legion, the United Way, and the St Andrews Society, where he was on the Board of Directors.
George leaves behind his wife, Jeanette Bolender Walker; his children, Peter Walker, and his wife, Beth Carl, Guilford, VT, and Cindy Parzych (Bill), Richboro, PA, and their children, Dan Parzych, Newtown, PA, Christen Parzych, Nashville, TN, and Michael Parzych, Arlington, VA; his sister, Marian Walker, Williamstown; Jeanette's children, Susan Lowell (Ken), George Bolender (Leigh), Jenny Abatiell (Marc), and David Bolender; and grandchildren, Anna Lowell, Kirsten Bolender Schiada (Zach), Eric Bolender, Taylor and Jess Abatiell, and Georgia, Ezra, Isabel, and Lily Bolender.
George was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, grandson, Cameron Abatiell, and granddaughter, Devon Bolender.
George will be remembered for his beautiful baritone voice, his love of his Scottish heritage, and his ability to make friends wherever he went. His smile lit up the room. He had an endearing quality of sweetness and quietness--he was a gentle man and a gentleman. He will be missed.
Visiting hours will be Saturday, March 5, from 1-3 p.m. at Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, VT. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Barre, 19 Seminary Street, Barre, VT 05641.
Memorial contributions are appreciated and may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church Pipe Organ Fund, 19 Seminary Street, Barre, VT 05641 or the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center, 378 Prospect Street, Barre, VT 05641 in memory of George.
passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
Born on May 30, 1949 in Randolph, VT, the son of Robert T. and Leila E. (Wallace) White. Tom attended Hartford Elementary and Hartford High School (Class of 1967). Later he graduated from North Hampton College in 1969 with a Degree in Accounting.
On September 12, 1970, he married Sherry Goss, who was his high school sweetheart. They were married in White River Junction and made their home in Barre, VT.
Tom was an active member of the Barre Fish and Game Club for over 36 years and a Vermont Hunter Education instructor for over 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, being at camp, watching NASCAR, Thunder Road racing and just being outdoors. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed “Parker Day”, teasing “his two boys”, and visiting his other grandchildren in Georgia. All of whom always warmed his heart. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, which at times irritated his wife, but that never stopped him.
He leaves behind his wife Sherry of 46 years and their three children. A daughter Kristina Oliver, her husband Mitch of Georgia; their sons, both of Barre Town, Tommy White and his wife Katie and Joey White and his wife Sara. His five grandchildren, Natalie, Madison, Chloe, Brandon, and Parker; his mother-in-law, Sachiko Drown of Williamstown; his sisters Betty Clermont of Berlin and Diana Tuthill and her husband, Bruce of West Hartford; sister-in-law Janet Boucher and her significant other, David; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as lifelong friends Paul Remick and Ed Smith.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Robert White, sister-in-law Janice, and sisters Donna Conrad and Ramona White.
In honor of Tom’s request, there will be a celebration of life on Sunday August 21, 2016 12:00pm at the Barre Fish and Game Club. He wanted a true celebration of life and everyone is asked to bring a memory to share.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Barre Fish and Game Club, PO Box 130 Barre, VT 05641.
, 69, of Pine Street, passed away unexpectedly at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His loving family had been at his side.
Born on October 4, 1947 in Barre City, he was the son of Clayton and Ellen (Fitzgerald) White. He attended elementary school at St. Monica Catholic School in Barre and was a graduate of Marion High School in the class of 1965. Following his high school graduation he attended Johnson State College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.
On August 30, 1969 he married his loving wife Linda (Robar) White in the St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Following their marriage the couple lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They returned to Barre in 1977 and have raised their family in their current home since then.
Tom worked for the Federal Government from 1969-1977 and for the State of Vermont from 1977 until his retirement in 2010.
He was a longtime member of both the Genealogical Society and the Washington County Stamp Club. Following his retirement from State Government he enjoyed volunteering at the Restore in Barre.
Throughout his life, Tom had many special interests, some of which included his love of history, collectables, his eBay business, hiking, going for walks, playing board games, doing puzzles and most importantly spending quality time with his family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Linda White, of Barre; a son, Clayton White, of Barre; his daughter, Cara Dickerman, and her husband, Jesse, of North Clarendon, VT as well as 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a Brother, David White and his wife, Katie, of Ocala, FL as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Dorothy Rees and Rosemary Normandeau.
A memorial service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
, 84, of Birchwood East, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His loving family had been at his bedside.
Born on November 6, 1931 in the Gifford Hospital in Randolph, he was the younger of two sons of Richard and Ila (Abbott) Wilcox. His parents were hard working and dedicated farmers from Brookfield.
Bob attended the Boyce one-room school, and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1949. After high school he attended New England Technical Institute with his brother, Gordon, as a refrigeration technician, training that served them both well in their adult years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October of 1950, serving in Texas, Colorado and West Germany for 45 months before being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.
Following his military service Bob worked as a maintenance man for the White Brothers Milk Co., and Plant Supervisor for the Vermont State Buildings Division in Montpelier, before being employed by Vermont State Colleges. He worked twelve years as Plant Supervisor at Vermont Technical College (VTC), and from 1979-1993 at the Vermont State Colleges as Facility Director for the Office of the Chancellor. Upon retirement a building on the VTC campus was named after him.
Bob was married while serving in the Air Force in Germany to Magdalena Mende, who was an East German refugee. To this union was born three children, Connie, Richard and Christine. Magdalena died in January 1969. He was married to Janet Monty from 1970-1980 with his son Robert being born in 1971.
In 1988 he married Joyce Rock Moffatt in Barre, VT. After his retirement they spent many years in their motorhome touring the United States, spending winters in Florida and other warm climates. In 2014, they sold their motorhome because of Bob’s declining health and enjoyed their home in Barre Town.
He was an avid deer and rabbit hunter, and enjoyed boating, camping, and snowmobiling.
Bob was a faithful member and Past Master of Pulaski Lodge #58, F&AM, Wells River, VT. He was also a member of the NRA, the Plymouth Club International Antique Car Club, the Family Motor Coach Club Association, and the National Camping Travelers Club.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, four children; Constance and her partner, John, Richard and his wife, Sarah, Christine and her husband, Christopher, and Robert and his wife, Stacey. He also leaves his brother Gordon and his wife, Ann, and two stepsons; Michael Moffatt and his wife, Laurel, and Mark Moffatt and his partner, Joan as well as ten grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A service and celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday May 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at his home at 17 Birchwood East in Barre Town. A later interment of Robert’s ashes will be made in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center at a time to be determined by the family.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, VABVI Development Office, 60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, VT 05403.
WILLIAMSTOWN - Marion Helen “Tillie” Wood
, 92, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 under the loving care of her daughter Lorie and son-in-law Steve Garand at their home on Ferno Road.
She was born July 9, 1923 in Adamant, VT to Anna and Edward Ferris. She grew up in Websterville, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1941 and the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 as a registered nurse.
On December 15, 1945 she married the love of her life, James A. Wood upon his return from the War in Europe. They lived in Graniteville.
In 1952 they moved to Windsor Locks, CT and in 1955 to Enfield, CT. Helen worked as a nurse at various hospitals and nursing homes. She became the neighbor to go to for ailments, even delivering a neighbor’s baby.
In 1965 she and her family returned to Vermont where Helen and Jim ran the Putnam Rest Nursing Home in Putnamville, VT until 1978. From Putnamville they moved to Woodland Drive in Barre and Helen continued to work at the former McFarland House Nursing Home.
After “her Jim” passed in 1983, Helen continued to work until retirement in 1990. In retirement she spent living and enjoying her many friends at Williamstown Square. Her pride in her Irish heritage was known by all that knew her and a trip she took to Ireland fulfilled a life long dream.
Her final years were spent with her daughter Lorie, son-in-law Steve and granddaughter Cidney at their home in Williamstown. She spent her days watching the birds from her chair or rooting for the Boston Red Sox. She especially enjoyed all the family and friends that came to visit her and reminisce over the years.
She had a special place in her heart for all her animals. She had cats, dogs, birds, and even a pet duck. Her last pets were a dog, Swazey, and cat, Max, who kept her company at the Square.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Jim and brothers Howard and Russell Pruneau, and Robert Ferris. She leaves behind six children: Edward Wood and wife Joanne of Wilton, NH; Joanne Davidson and husband Robert of Ocala, FL; Robert Wood and wife Alyce and Lorie Garand and husband Steven all of Williamstown; James Wood of Worcester, and Phillip Klatt Wood of Lake Worth, FL. Helen had thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Helen was a loving and caring mother and a friend to all who knew her. We have been blessed to be a part of her life. She will be dearly missed.
The Mass of Christian burial to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Edwards Church on Beckett Street in Williamstown. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601 or Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
BARRE TOWN – Paula Dickinson Blackmur Young
, 78, a Windy Wood Road resident since 1987, formerly of Cohasset, MA passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at her home. Paula was born February 16, 1938, in Cohasset, MA. She was the daughter of Paul and Martha (Snow) Blackmur. A graveside service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in the Williamstown Village Cemetery in Williamstown. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.