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Obituaries 1/17/08

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James Earl Sprague Jr.

PORT HENRY, N.Y. — James Earl Sprague Jr., 77, died at his home in Port Henry, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children, his wife, Lucille Sprague, and his dog Peanut.

He was born April 22, 1930, in Spencertown, N.Y., the son of James and Beatrice (Stanton) Sprague Sr.

He worked at Nu Way laundry for his father-in-law for several years. He also worked in the mines in Canton, N.Y. After working for 36 and a half years at International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill, he retired in 1992. With the help of his wife Lucille and 11 children, he owned and operated Sprague’s Woodcraft Shop in Port Henry. A skilled carpenter, his family said he built the first Champ, the Lake Champlain sea monster.

Friends said he enjoyed being with his family, working in his shop and sitting next to his wood stove in his rocking chair. He loved to visit with anyone who stopped by, he had a story for everyone. He also loved sitting in the kitchen or in the garage watching traffic and the birds at his feeders.

During his illness he called his daughter Stacy “Doc Adams” in jest because of the way she cared for him.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lucille (Catanzarita) Sprague of Port Henry; seven daughters, Linda and her husband Gary Fleming of Moriah, N.Y., Evelyn and her husband Joe Celotti of Port Henry, N.Y., Helen and her husband Chuck Robinson of Crown Point, N.Y., Lisa M. Sprague and her lifelong partner Jay Hamel of Addison, Vt., Stacy and her husband Jim Drake of Port Henry, N.Y., Frances and her husband Timothy Malaney of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and Barb Armstrong and friend Jim Michener of Mineville, N.Y.; two sons, James Earl Sprague III and Pauline Burgey of Moriah, and John Sprague and his wife Crystal of Westport;  his daughter Deborah’s children, Jessica Sprague and partner Keith Gilbo of Plattsburgh and Walter Sprague and his friend Melinda Smith of Port Henry, whom he raised as his own children; his deceased  son Joe’s partner Donna Swinington of Brandon; 26 grandchildren; a sister, Muriel (Sprague) Woods of Crown Point, N.Y., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Marion (Sprague) Cogswell Crossman; a daughter, Deborah Lynn Sprague, in 1991; and a son, Joseph Earl Sprague, in 2007.

Burial will be held at a later date in the Catanzarita family lot in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Moriah.

Memorial donations may be made to the Moriah Ambulance Squad, Port Henry, N.Y. 12974 or High Peaks Hospice, P.O. Box 192, Port Henry, N.Y. 12974.


Richard W. Poland

WINDSOR — Richard W. Poland, 73, died Friday, January 11, 2008, at the Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. He was born July 14, 1934, in Hanover, N.H., the son of Gelendon and Hazel (Gaudette) Poland.

He attended school in Enfield, N.H., and graduated from West Lebanon High School in 1954. He was employed by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department in Enfield and also worked at Split Ballbearing in Lebanon, N.H., for several years. He graduated from the Vermont Police Academy in 1969.

He was employed by the Windsor Police Department from 1968 to 1987, serving as patrol officer, sergeant, captain, and interim chief. He served as chief of police for the town of Weathersfield from 1987 until 1996. He served as court officer and member of the Windsor County sheriff’s office until he retired in 2004.

He was a life member of the Vermont Police Association, serving as its president in 1980. He was a longtime member and past president of the Windsor Lions Club, He was a veteran of the Korean War and was a life member of the DAV in White River Jct., and was an active member of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in Windsor.

According to family he greatly enjoyed working with wood.

He is survived by his wife, Myra Anderson Poland of Windsor, a Shoreham native; three sons, Glenn Poland of Bridgewater Corners, and Ian Poland and Steve Landon, both of Hartford; two daughters, Debbie Blanchard-McCarthy of North Hartland, and Dawn Dahlstrom of Hartford, two brothers, George G. Poland of White River Junction, and William G. Poland of Cornish, N.H., 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Ruth Ann; a son, Scott; and a sister, Gail Bowers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Rev. Rene Butler was the celebrant. Burial will be at a later date in the St. Francis Cemetery in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Windsor Lions Club, c/o Timothy Cary, 467 Sunset Lane, Windsor, VT 05089.


Judith “Judy” Huetter

CORNWALL — Judith “Judy” Huetter, 67, of Cornwall died at home on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on Feb. 6, 1940, the daughter of Dorothea (Force) and Edward Masters.

Raised in Nutley, N.J., with her brother George, she went on to earn her R.N. at Saint Michaels Hospital School of Nursing and worked at the hospital before joining the Navy Nurse Corps in 1965. While serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I., she met and married her husband, Harvey Huetter.

In 1969 she and her husband moved to Chatham, Mass., where their daughter Kristin was born in 1970. After several years as a stay-at-home mother she resumed working, first for the Chatham Visiting Nurse Association, then as a paraprofessional in the Chatham Elementary School, and finally at the Chatham Medical Center.

In 2003 she and her husband moved to Cornwall to be close to family, and there she worked as a paraprofessional at the Bridport Central School. She was an accomplished knitter and enjoyed needlework of all types.

She is survived by her husband; her daughter Kristin and husband David of East Middlebury; three grandchildren; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents and brother predeceased her.

Funeral and burial services were private.

A memorial service will be celebrated at the Cornwall Congregational Church on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Maxwell E. Eaton Sr.

MIDDLEBURY — Maxwell E. Eaton Sr. passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on Friday, January 11, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehab. Max, as he was known by all, was born in Randolph on May 2, 1926. Max, a sixth generation Vermonter, was born to Pearl Henry Eaton and Estella Abare Eaton of Rochester.

A bright and capable young man, Max went to Rochester and Hancock elementary schools. Growing up in Rochester, Max learned the life of the great outdoors. While still a youngster his family moved to Proctor, where Max graduated from high school.

At age 16, Max began his study of mechanical engineering at Cornell University. He left Cornell to join the Navy at age 17, where he served on the U.S.S. Tarawa during WW II. After serving, he returned to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont where he received his engineering degree and met Roberta Ann Higgins.

“Bobbie” and Max were married at Christ The King Church, in Rutland on July 14, 1951.

 With the mind of an engineer, Max would tackle any challenge. His interests were diverse and many, and he was a man with a fine sense of humor and extraordinary energy. He was a good and decent man who made friends with ease and had many.

Max had a passion for boats, the sea, and exploration. Upon retirement, he and Bobbie lived aboard their trawler, the Bon Ami, for 5 years. It was while living on board he tutored math at schools on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and became a licensed U.S. merchant marine officer.

Max was an avid Long Trail hiker and a charter member of the “Martini Mountain Club.” He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking (no one could bake a better chocolate chip cookie) and almost anything mechanical, but most of all he enjoyed with great pride his family and dear friends, always willing to lend a helping hand to provide a genuine smile and a cheerful word.

Max will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, of 56 years along with his children and their spouses, Maxwell Jr. and Susan Eaton of Tucson, Ariz, Nancy and Adrian Welch of New London, N.H., Timothy and Lucinda Eaton of Bristol, and Michele and Michael Koenig of Wilmot, N.H.; also by eight loving grandchildren, Maxwell and Alexander Eaton, Elizabeth and Emily Welch, Justin and Molly Eaton, and Madison and Morgan Koenig.

Max was predeceased by his sister, Winona Foster of Barre.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury, with the Rev. Justin Baker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elderly Services Inc. at 112 Exchange St., Middlebury VT 05753, or to Addison County Home Health at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury VT 05753.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Services.


Richard “Dick” Alan Bennett

BRANDON — Richard “Dick” Alan Bennett, 68, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation in Middlebury. He was born in Rochester, N.H., on Feb. 21, 1939, the son of Russell Wilbur Bennett and Laurella (Pecor) Bennett.

He graduated from Hudson High School in Hudson, Mass., in 1956. On Feb. 9, 1963, he was married to Sarah (Sally) Walker at the Westborough, Mass., Baptist Church. He worked in accounting and finance at Raytheon Corporation in Wayland, Mass., and Portsmouth, R.I.

 In 1969 he moved to Brandon from Warren, R.I. He worked at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes in accounting and finance for 35 years. He received his degree in business from the University of Vermont in 1981. He retired in 2004. He was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church where he was a member of the diaconate.

According to family he was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed golf. He enjoyed attending Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., each spring for many years. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and was a member of the Otter Valley Booster Club. He also loved flower gardening.

He was a member of the New England Brittney Rescue and was a board member at the time of his death. He was a member of the Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah of Brandon; his four children, Allison Pouliot and her husband Mark of Monkton, Russell Bennett of Los Angles, Calif., David Bennett and his wife Libby of Windsor, and Daniel Bennett and his wife Jane of Lincolnville, Maine; a brother, Michael Bennett of Sun City, Calif.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, Pastor will officiate. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Private interment will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to New England Brittany Rescue Inc. to the attention of Bonnie Paiva, 829 Mill St., Marion, Mass., 02738, or to the charity of one’s choice.




Louise Bedrosian

BURLINGTON — Louise Bedrosian, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. She was born in Sudbury on Jan. 18, 1937, the daughter of Benoni and Vivian (Dodge) Griffin.

She grew up on the family farm and received her early education in local schools. She graduated from Castleton State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. Following graduation she began a teaching career that culminated in nearly 30 years of teaching children how to read at Wheeler and Barnes Elementary School in Burlington.

According to family she was a voracious reader who especially enjoyed books about unexplained phenomena, mysteries of the universe, and science fiction and fantasy. She was a dollhouse and miniature enthusiast, an observer of politics and generous supporter of many good causes and charities.

In later years she researched and wrote a series of books detailing the history and genealogy of her family in New England. In 2007 she joined the Vermont Society of Mayflowers Descendants, having documented her direct relation to the English Pilgrim Thomas Rogers who landed at Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Grischa Bedrosian of Burlington; three sons, Greg, Haik and Aram Bedrosian; three brothers, Benoni Griffin Jr. and Tom Griffin, both of Sudbury, and Allyn Griffin of Brandon; four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The family will hold a prayer service at noon.

A graveside service will take place at a later date in the family lot at Willow Brook Cemetery in Sudbury.

Memorial gifts may be made to The National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3290.

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