RIPTON — Claire Wilson passed away at her home in Ripton on Dec. 31, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 26, 1950, in Evanston, Ill., Claire Ellen Lodal was the firstborn child of Norm and Shirley Lodal and the namesake of her beloved grandfather Clarence Edward Nelson.
Raised in Skokie and Rockford, Ill., with her three siblings, Beth, Peter and John, Claire lived in a close-knit family that enjoyed sports, music and reading. As an undergraduate, Claire attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in English, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and later served for three terms as a college trustee. As a sophomore, she met Christopher Kent Wilson and they were married during their senior year on Dec. 27, 1970.
After graduation, Claire and Kit moved to New Haven, Conn., where Claire earned her master’s degree in special education. Before giving birth to her first son, Benjamin Lodal Wilson, in 1976, Claire taught in the North Haven school system and at Southern Connecticut State College. In 1979, the family moved to Ripton, Vt. During the early 1980s, Claire worked in the Student Activities Office at Middlebury College, served as a college carilloneur and was an active member of the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and an early organizer of Hook-a-Kid on Golf.
In 1984, she gave birth to her second son, Peter Copp Wilson, and began working for Professor Steven Rockefeller, assisting him with his many scholarly projects, including his biography of John Dewey, his work on the Earth Charter, and the college symposiums and art exhibitions, Christ and the Bodhisattva (1984) and Spirit and Nature (1990), celebrating the visits of the Dalai Lama to Middlebury.
For over 20 years in Steven’s office, Claire worked closely with her dear friend and colleague Janet Winkler. Supporting and caring for each other from the beginning to the very end, Claire and Janet wove together an extraordinary relationship combining commitment and purpose with joy and laughter.
Over the years, Claire worked quietly behind the scenes on several community projects as well as volunteering at The Bridge School, Otter Creek Day Care and Quarry Hill School. For several years, she was an active supporter of the Vermont Fencing Alliance and an organizer of Middlebury and Babe Ruth baseball. Largely through her organizational efforts as president of Babe Ruth, many Addison County youths enjoyed long summer afternoons and evenings playing baseball and even more important, building friendships that have lasted through the years.
In recent years, Claire served as a friend and resource to other people at Middlebury College and the Addison County community living with cancer. During the past five years, Claire confronted the highs and lows of life with dignity, grace and courage. Between treatments and in the midst of her illness, Claire traveled widely to family reunions, visiting friends, enjoying operas and concerts with her sister Beth, and attending the wedding of her son Benjamin to Trina MacDonald on a magical September evening in Salzburg, Austria.
Working closely with the caring and dedicated medical staffs at Fletcher-Allen, Sloane-Kettering, and Addison County Home Health, Claire received extraordinary care that enabled her to work and serve until her final days and even more important, to meet, hold, and care for her first grandson and namesake, Nolan Clarence Wilson. As Claire often said, “It is, indeed, a wonderful life.”
A memorial service celebrating Claire’s life will be held in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College on Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Addison County Home Health and Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Eugene Mark Williams
BRISTOL — Eugene Mark Williams, 64, died Monday, Jan. 7, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. He was born March 18, 1943, in Ripton, the son of L.D. and Florence Williams.
According to family, he loved to hunt and fish. He was also a member of Libanus Lodge No. 47 in Bristol, and Cairo Temple in Rutland.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betsy Williams of Bristol; a brother, Pete and his wife Carol of Ripton; and a sister, Shirley of Ripton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.
Friends may call at Brown McClay Funeral Home on Friday from 9 a.m. up to hour of the funeral.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.
Marjorie H. Warner
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Marjorie H. Warner, 90, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. She was born in Middlebury, the daughter of Walter F. and Ruby (Betts) Hanmer.
She and her late husband, Maynard J. Warner, moved to Miami in 1942, where they raised their three sons. She recently moved from Miami to Pembroke Pines to continue her retirement.
Marjorie is survived by a son, Sanford “Jack” Warner; two daughters-in law, Marjorie and Jennie Warner; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Gertrude Stearns and Fidelia Lessor; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years; two sons, Leighton (Skip) J. Warner Sr. and Malcolm M. Warner; a brother, Clifford; and a sister, Marion H. Payne.
Marjorie and her husband spent many summers in Vermont with her family, and continued traveling to Vermont with her extended family for visits.
Services were held on Thursday, Dec. 13 in Pembroke Pines.
VERGENNES — Agnes Pudvah, 55, of Vergennes died Jan. 3, 2008, after a long battle with cancer at Porter Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Rutland on June 26, 1953, the daughter of Pearl and Robert MacKissock.
She grew up in Brandon and graduated from Otter Valley High School. She was married for 27 years to Michael Pudvah. She worked in food service at Brandon Training School, at the Vergennes Elementary School as a custodian, and for twenty years as an Avon representative. Until her illness, she was a personal care attendant for Addison Country Home Health and Hospice in Middlebury.
For many years, she took care of small children in the nursery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church every Sunday. According to family, she was an avid gardener, knitter, a lover of nature and collector of tea kettles and humorous magnets, and loved to bake.
She is survived by her sons, Neil Louis Pudvah of St. George, and Adam Michael Pudvah of Starksboro; two grandsons; her mother, Pearl MacKissock of Brandon; her sisters and brothers, Robin MacKissock of Shoreham, Sandra Mitchell of Leicester, Dana Carey of Wallingford, Everett Mitchell of Brandon, and Ronald MacKissock of Brandon.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Ethel M. Palmer
MIDDLEBURY — Mrs. Ethel M. Palmer, 81, formerly of Whiting, died Thursday evening January 3, 2008, at Porter Medical Center. She was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Middlebury, the daughter of Kent and Ada (Grey) Kirby.
Ethel was a life member of the Libanus Lodge Order of Eastern Star No. 47 of Bristol, and a member of the Whiting Cemetery Association.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, an avid reader and loved to crochet.
Ethel married William G. Palmer at the East Middlebury Methodist Church in 1945.
She is survived by her three children, Alan Palmer and his wife Corrie of Panton, Neal Palmer and his wife Suzanne of Shoreham, Lois Deitz and her husband Steven of Brandon; by her eight grandchildren, Mark Palmer of Griswold, Conn., Bruce Palmer of Colchester, Karen (Palmer) Robinson of Essex Junction, Katie Trombley of Whiting, Jessica Trombley of Leicester, Brian Palmer of Cary, N.C., Kyle Deitz and Levi Deitz, both of Cambridge, N.Y.; by her five great-grandchildren; by her sister-in-law Betty Austi of Proctor; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ethel was predeceased by her husband, William G. Palmer, who died Jan. 7, 1988; also by her brother, Wayne Austin; and her sisters, Faith Smith, Helen Richardson and Jessie Dahlin.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at the East Middlebury Methodist Church. The Rev Jill Robinson officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Whiting Volunteer Fire Dept. at Stickney Rd., Whiting, VT 05778, or to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Service.
MORRISVILLE — Jesse W. Mason, 75, died on Dec. 26, 2007, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville after a courageous struggle with cancer. He was born in Albany on July 29, 1932, the youngest of the ten children of Lewis Edward and Elvia Irene (Shatney) Mason.
He attended schools in Eden and Albany where his family was engaged in logging and farming. According to family, as a young man Jesse excelled in art and music. He was also gifted in auto mechanics. Besides working as a mechanic in his adult years, Jesse was employed as a chef in Vergennes and, in line with family tradition, he was a logger.
Jesse is survived by his wife, Sandra Mason; by their children Linda, Rodney, Danny, John, Cindy, Kristy, and Rose; by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins; and by his beloved sister, Mary Marsh of Vergennes.
He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Mason; and by siblings, Leonard, Mitchell, Desmiah (Durocher), Chelsiah, Hilda (Peavey), Abner, Roger, and Sidney.
A memorial service for Jesse will be announced in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657.
SUDBURY — Richard “Dick” Cronkite Loizeaux, 88, died Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2007, in his own home, surrounded by members of his family. He was born in Plainfield, N.J., on August 23, 1919, the son of John and Lillian (Cronkite) Loizeaux.
He won the state freestyle swimming championship as a teenager and then returned to swimming in his 70s to win over 100 gold medals, set some national records, and qualify as the 4th fastest swimmer in the world in his age group.
He earned his pilot’s wings and flew P-38 fighters in India. He flew 46 missions with the 459th Fighter Squadron, earning his first lieutenancy and an air medal with two oak leaf clusters. He returned from the war to marry his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Spencer Rosenkrans, on October 2, 1945.
He was vice president of Gribbon Linen Company in New York City; and general manager of Walker Turner Machine Tool Company; W.C. Landon in Rutland; and Cartmell Farm Machinery Sales and Service in Middlebury.
He left a successful business career as vice president of sales for JD Loizeaux Lumber Company in Plainfield, N.J., to become a dairy farmer in Sudbury. He owned and ran Green Range Farm with 600 acres and 200 head of polled Ayrshire cattle. He also served as Sudbury town moderator, selectman and other positions, overseeing the construction of Sudbury Country School.
He served 60 years in church ministry, leading and teaching Sunday school and serving as an elder at Terrill Road Bible Chapel, Whiting Community Church and at Brandon Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn “Connie” Loizeaux of Sudbury; two daughters, Donna Jeane Wilson of Madison, Wisc., and Denise More Walton of Buffalo, N.Y.; two sons, Richard Gilmore Loizeaux of Mundelein, Ill., and Peter Spencer Loizeaux of Brandon; two sisters, Mary Matthewman of Charlottesville, Va., and Susanne Gibson of Edison, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at The Brandon Baptist Church. Pastor Robert Bove, Elder John Appelt, and the deceased’s son, Pastor Dick Loizeaux, will co-officiate. Entombment will follow the service at Pine Hill Cemetery Receiving Vault, where the graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to The Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Stacey Freeguard, Stickney Road, Whiting, VT 05778.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” LaBerge, 67, of Orlando, Fla., died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. She was born on May 17, 1940, in Cornwall, Vt., the daughter of Elmer and Geneva (Girard) Broughton.
She married Roger “Charlie” LaBerge at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport, Vt., in 1958. They raised their family there and moved to Orlando in 1979.
She worked for five years at the Bridport Central School and for 25 years at the Orange County schools, which she enjoyed immensely. Upon retirement she worked in Lake Como Elementary School in Florida.
Family said that she was a devoted wife, and a very loving mother and grandmother, known by her grandchildren as “Memé.”
She is survived by her husband, Charlie LaBerge of Orlando; three brothers, Henry Broughton and his wife Lucille, of Vergennes, Frank and his wife Marianne, of Cornwall, and Tom and his wife Charlene, of Bridport; a sister, Theresa Brisson, of Middlebury; three adopted children, Chris and his wife, Trish, of Winter Park, Fla., Kevin of Deltona, Fla., and Shelly of Orlando; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and a baby, Robin.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. at Colonial Chapel/Carey Hand in Orlando. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, with Fr. John McCormick officiating.
Memorial contribution be made to the Russell Home for Atypical Children, 510 Holden Ave., Orlando, FL 32839.
MIDDLEBURY — Mildred Leonora Fogel, 76, of Middlebury died Monday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2007, at Spruce Gardens in Vergennes. She was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Rutland, the daughter of Ernest W. Waite and Alta M. (Young) Waite.
She was a member of the Middlebury branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and she was active in the Relief Society.
According to family, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as needlework and quilting, and was an avid doll collector.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Samuel Fogel; her seven children, Anne Buck and her husband Peter of Weybridge, Deborah Willard and her husband Ernie of Woodbridge, Va., Lillian Godwin and her husband Brian of Falcon, Colo., Susan Morris of Brooklyn, N.Y., John Morris of Middlebury, Henry Morris and his wife Collette of Carlisle, Pa., and Martha Carson of Newark, N.J.; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband of 21 years, Henry D. Morris.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Middlebury. Burial will be in the spring at the discretion of the family.
Mmemorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the activities fund for the residents at Spruce Gardens, 1 Alden Place, Vergennes, VT 05491.
WHITING — Orientale Domonic Anzalone, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at the home of his care provider in Salisbury. He was born in Mineola, N.Y., on Dec. 17, 1920, the son of Carmine and Dora (Cocca) Anzalone.
He graduated from Mineola High School in 1939. He was a veteran of the United States Army who served in the European Theater. He was involved in the invasion of Normandy and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was a project engineer for General Dynamics and worked on the F-16 fighter jet program. He later worked at Rockwell, where he was involved with the space shuttle program. He worked as a field representative for Boeing Aircraft Corporation working on the B-1 bomber project. In later years he was employed by Simmons Precision.
He was a resident of Whiting from 1967. He was a life member of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department and was instrumental in the formation of the Whiting First Response Squad. He served as sexton of the Whiting Community Cemetery for many years.
According to family, he enjoyed traveling, golf, building model aircraft, Woody Herman and the Big Band, talk radio and crossword puzzles.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Iffland Sr. of Brandon, and Robert Iffland of Chandler, Ariz.; a daughter, Janet Evans of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Salvadore Anzalone of Eugene, Ore.; a sister Elsie Rather of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Rita Anzalone, on March 9, 1991; a brother, Leo Anzalone; and a sister, Maria Sunderland.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Robert Mathis officiated. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Whiting Community Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Whiting First Response Squad, c/o Marie Berry, 270 West Road, Whiting, VT or to the Whiting Community Cemetery, c/o Grace Simonds, 241 South Main Street, Whiting, VT 05778.