Hilda Lelia Orvis
STARKSBORO — Hilda Lelia Orvis, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury surrounded by her family. She was born April 9, 1923, in Starksboro, the daughter of Warren and Minnie Wright Thompson.
She was a member of Starksboro First Baptist Church. She married Gardner Orvis on Aug. 10, 1939. She was a lifelong member of Ladies Home Circle, she was involved in 4-H all her life, and she was a member of the Sunshine Club of South Starksboro. He participated in the adoptive grandparent program with the Green Mountaineers 4-H Club.
According to family, her passions were spending time with her family and especially her great-grandchildren, observing song birds, gardening, and cooking.
She is survived by her four children, Reginald Orvis and Nedra of Barre, Linda and Denny Barnard of Starksboro, Larry and Patricia Orvis of Middlebury, and Rodney Orvis of Starksboro; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1979.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19, at Community Church of Huntington. Interment was in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; or Starksboro First Baptist Church, 11 Parsonage Rd., Starksboro, VT 05487.
Robert James Newton
BURLINGTON — Robert James Newton, 44, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at his home from natural causes. He was born Aug. 16, 1963, in Sumter, S.C., the son of Richard A. Newton of Caryville, Tenn., and Shirley English Douglas of Moriah, N.Y.
He was a 1981 graduate of Middlebury Union High School. According to family, he was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing, hiking and animals.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, David; his father and step-mother, Jeannette; two sisters, Sherry and her husband Michael Paquette of Cornwall, and Theresa and her husband John Flood of Red Springs, N.C.; four nephews; two step-brothers, Pat Douglas of Leicester, and Chris Douglas of Rutland; and several cousins.
He was predeceased by a step-brother, Jeff Abbey.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Sanderson Funeral Service in Middlebury, with the Rev. John Flood of Red Springs, N.C., officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to COTS, Administration Office, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
John O. Gaudreau
BELLOWS FALLS — John O. Gaudreau, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. He was born Sept. 7, 1938, in Burlington, the son of Oscar and Blanche Harnois Gaudreau.
He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957 and Johnson State College in 1961, and he taught in schools in Burlington and Milton. According to family, he had a great love for the outdoors, especially fishing in the Gibou and spectator sports.
He is survived by his two daughters, Rhonda Nolan and her husband Timothy of Danbury, Conn., and Debra DiBernardo and her husband Joseph of Bellows Falls; a sister, Betty Anderson of Bristol; his former wife and the mother of his children, Ruth Mezzetti; and three grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Vaughn, and a brother, James.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Nov. 19, at St Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Burlington. There will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kurin Hattin Homes PO Box 127 Westminister, VT 05158.
Elizabeth W. Brisson
MIDDLEBURY — Elizabeth W. Brisson passed away on Nov. 20, 2007, at the Helen Porter nursing home, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 19, 1925, the daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Wimett.
She is survived by her three children: Donna Brown and her husband Roger of New Haven, Jack Malzac and his wife Lynda of Bristol, and Marcia Bristow and her husband Bob of Shelburne. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Cory Malzac, Erin Brown and Katie and Adam Bristow.
“Betty,” as she was affectionately known by her friends, was born in Middlebury and attended Middlebury schools. She was employed by Middlebury College, Howe Richardson Scales and later Simmonds Precision in Vergennes for most of her career as an administrative assistant in human resources. She retired in June of 1985. After her retirement she continued working at Hills Department store in Burlington.
She was a very independent woman who loved to be active and busy. She had been a resident of the nursing home since July of 2005. The family would like to thank all the staff at Helen Porter for their kind, loving and professional care.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Marks Church, North Avenue in Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are by Sanderson Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dementia Unit at Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.