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Obituaries (04/21/08 - 04/28/08)

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Margaret M. Sanchez

MIDDLEBURY — Margaret M. Sanchez, 40, of Middlebury died at Porter Hospital unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. She was born Oct. 6, 1967, in Daly City, Calif., the daughter of Jose Sanchez of Redwood City, Calif, and the late Elinor Sanchez of Middlebury.

After graduating from MUHS she earned degrees from both Randolph Macon Women’s College and George Mason University in Virginia. She taught elementary school in Virginia, Maine and Vermont.

She worked with several literacy programs with the schools and Ilsley Library. She also volunteered at the Ronald MacDonald house in Burlington. She was employed at Otter Creek Bakery.  According to family she enjoyed making all kinds of international cuisines and sharing them with her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her children Mallory Pipich, Madelyn, Meilena and Marshall Sanchez, all of Middlebury; her sister and brother-in-law, Monica Sanchez Webb and Stephen Webb; a brother, Stephen Sanchez of Warren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of her life was held Sunday, April 20, at the Universal Unitarian Church in Middlebury. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Orwell.

 Memorial donations can be made to The Sanchez Children Fund and sent to the attention of Barbara Bourne at Mary Hogan Elementary, Middlebury VT 05733.


Roger Donald Beattie

BRANDON — Roger Donald Beattie, 74, died Friday, April 18, 2008, at the home of his care provider, Eileen McGee, in Brandon. He was born in South Londonderry on Sept. 1, 1933, the son of Raymond and Zoe (Gates) Beattie.

He grew up on the family farm and he received his education in local schools. He worked most of his life in farming. He also worked at Stratton Mountain Golf Course and as a mill hand at Art Fabricius Sawmill. He came to Brandon in 1978 and worked with the Black Sheep Farm at the old Brandon Training School. According to family, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and ice skating.

He is survived by two brothers, Gordon Beattie of North Grosvenordale, Conn., and Gerald Beattie of Grafton; four sisters, Minnie Smith of Randolph, Florence Smith of Jamaica, and Maxine Beattie and Marion Desilets, both of Burlington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.

He was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Torrey; and seven brothers, Robert, Clifton, Warren, Walter, Kenneth, Wendell and Wallace Beattie.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 22, at The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of The Brandon Congregational Church, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial took place on Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery in Londonderry.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Bernard M. “Bernie” Bergeron

LINCOLN — Bernard M. “Bernie” Bergeron, 38, of West Hill Road died Monday, April 21, 2008, at Porter Hospital, Middlebury, following a sudden illness. Born August 24, 1969, in Rutland, he was the son of Real E. Sr. and Emma L. (Deo) Bergeron.

He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School, class of 1987, and was a resident of East Middlebury prior to moving to Lincoln last year. He was employed in general construction and carpentry by Mark Trudeau.

Bernie enjoyed bowling and was a league member. He was a sports enthusiast and was a fan of the Montreal Canadians, the New York Yankees, and Dallas Cowboys.

Family members include his wife Lori A. (Forbes) Bergeron, whom he married Aug. 11, 1990; his son, Michael L. Bergeron of Lincoln; one daughter, Jamie L. Bergeron of Middlebury; his mother, Emma of Rutland; his father Real of Milton; one brother, Real E. Bergeron Jr. and his wife Jean of Forestdale; one sister, Sherri L. Chandler and her husband Christopher of Rutland; his granddaughter whom he adored, Natalie R. Bergeron of Middlebury; mother-in-law, Janice M. Forbes of Middlebury; sister-in-law, Sherry M. Bristol and her husband Kevin of East Middlebury; brother-in-law Eugene S. Forbes of Bridport; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends.

He was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his cousin, Arthur Fleming; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Forbes.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Roger and Laura Brace and the Bristol Volunteer Ambulance Service for their assistance during his sudden illness.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanderson Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, Middlebury, with Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Case Street Cemetery, Middlebury.

Memorial donations may be made to Bristol Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443 or to the American Heart Association 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.


Evan (John) Bernek

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Evan (John) Bernek, 80, died in the North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, after a stroke on March 20. He was born to Michael Bernek and Nellie Kurach in Springfield on Dec. 16, 1927.

After graduation from Springfield High School and the Jones and Lampson Machinist Co-op Course, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Randolph Aircraft Carrier for two years. In 1949 he married his wife of 59 years, Jeanne Charlebois.

He worked at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes for 15 years as a methods engineer and safety director and resided with his family in Middlebury.

In 1970 he and his family returned to Springfield, and he continued to work for Simmonds Precision as manufacturing manager for their Bellows Falls plant. He remained with the division, as manufacturing manager, and relocated when the division was sold to Hersey Meters in Spartanburg, S.C.

Pursuing a lifelong dream of owning a general store, he returned to Vermont in 1976 with his wife and purchased the Marshfield Village Store, where he built a vibrant, successful retail business for 28 years. In 2004 he received a Vermont Senate Concurrent Resolution (No. R-289), congratulating him for his 28 years of outstanding proprietorship of the Marshfield Village Store.

He liked working with the community and was an EMT for the towns of Marshfield, Cabot, and Plainfield for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Middlebury and was a 32nd degree mason with his Lodge in Burlington.

After selling the store in 2004, the couple retired to their home in Greensboro and spent their winters in Lighthouse Point, Fla.

 He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Linda Kerbawy and her husband Dennis of Keene, N.H., Judy Vinson and her husband Curt of Lyme, N.H. and Lighthouse Point, Fla., and Deanna Martin and her husband Jeffrey of Plainfield; six grandchildren; and a sister, Antastacia Fugliese of Boston, Mass.

A sister, Olga Bernek, predeceased him in 2006.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick at 11 a.m. A reception will follow after the service. Interment will be held later in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield.


Dewey N. Bombard

BRANDON — Dewey N. Bombard, 70, died on Monday, April 21, 2008, at his home in Brandon, with his wife and family by his side. He was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Nov. 10, 1937.

He received his education in local Glens Falls schools. He has been a resident of Brandon since 1978. He married his wife May 1, 1982. He retired, due to disability, in 1991 from the custodial department at Otter Valley Union High School. According to family he enjoyed fishing, sports, board games, history and country and western shows.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Cram Bombard of Brandon; a daughter, Trudy Schorer and her husband, Tim, of New York; five step-daughters, Brenda Mallory and her husband, Eric, of Forestdale, Eileen Cook and her husband, Raymond, of Sudbury, April Hutchins and her husband, John, of Brandon, Sheila Gearwar and her husband, Greg, of Brandon, and Gerry Cummings and her husband, Doug, of Pittsford; two brothers, Victor Bombard and Albert Bombard and his wife, Susan, of New York; his mother-in-law, Maleita Cram of Brandon; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 24, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor of the Forestdale Wesleyan Church, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial followed in the family plot at Forestdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to The American Cancer Society, Vermont Chapter, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.


Frederick E. LaBarre

BRISTOL — Frederick E. LaBarre, 79, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington following a short illness.  He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Ithaca, N.Y., the son of Frederick and Bertha Hughes LaBarre.

Frederick is survived by four children, John LaBarre of Chapaqua, N.Y.; James LaBarre and wife, Karen, of Pawling, N.Y.; Richard LaBarre and wife, Christine, of Duxbury; and Catherine LaBarre and companion, Bob Armstrong, of Bristol; and one grandchild.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, April 24, at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, or a charity of personal choice.


Priscilla Olive Petty

BRANDON — Priscilla Olive Petty, 89, former owner/operator of Petty’s Florist in Brandon, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at Mountain View Center in Rutland. She was born in Brandon on Oct. 3, 1918, the daughter of Norman and Abigail (Fadden) Brink.

She received her early education in local Brandon schools and graduated as valedictorian from Brandon High School in 1936. She cared for her parents for many years before their passing. On April 23, 1939, she married Arthur Warren Petty. Following his death she continued running the family business, Petty’s Florist, until her retirement in 1978.

She was a past member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon, and in earlier years had been active in the Altar Guild. She was a member of Marble Chapter Order of The Eastern Star.

She is survived by two daughters, Jill Borkman and Debra Horvath, both of Brandon; two sons, Stephen A. Petty of Brandon and Philip Petty of Barre; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Dec. 12, 1962; a daughter, Ann Marie Petty, in 1947; a sister, Alta Thibeault; and two brothers, Ernest Brink and Stuart Brink.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, April 25, from 1 p.m. until service time.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. at The Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family plot at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made, in her memory to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Edna S. Puls

BRISTOL/CORNWALL — Edna S. Puls, 83, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2008, at the home of Mary Bingham, her home since 1994, after a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Born Dec. 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John J. and Elsa (Naumann) Schneider. During her youth she lived in Brooklyn, where she graduated from Bay Ridge High School in January 1941. Her family then moved to Hempstead, N.Y., to a home built by her father. She attended evening classes at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

Edna was employed as a secretary at Middlebury College after moving with her family to Cornwall in 1973. After her husband’s death in 1978, she owned and operated the family health food store, All Good Things, in Middlebury for one year.

She enjoyed photography, cross-country skiing, writing, swimming, walking, and playing piano.

While in New York she was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church and when living in Cornwall she was a dedicated member of the First Congregational Church of Cornwall.

Family members include two daughters, Janet P. Shaw and her husband, Robert, of Bristol and Barbara L. Puls and her partner, Tammy Charbonneau, of Essex Junction; one son, R. Scott Puls and his partner, Jose Matthews of Lancaster, Mass.; three grandchildren, Jessica M. Shaw, Amanda C. Shaw, and Ian R. Shaw, all of Bristol.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Puls, in 1978, and by a brother, J. Norman Schneider.

The family gratefully acknowledges Mary Bingham and her family for their 14 years of loving and dedicated care provided to their mother.

Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanderson Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the First Congregational Church of Cornwall, Route 30, Cornwall, with the Rev. Sally Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Cornwall Central Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Cornwall, 2958 Route 30, Cornwall, VT 05753 or to Addison County Humane Society 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Anna (Steady) Smith

BRISTOL — Anna (Steady) Smith, 74, died on Thursday, April 17, 2008, after a long illness. She was born at home in Hancock on June 23, 1933.

She lived in Durham, N.C., a number of years returning to Vermont in the fall of 1981.

She was employed by Simmonds Precision/Goodrich Corp in Vergennes for several years and worked part-time at Wake Robin in Shelburne. She retired from Simmonds Precision in the late nineties and Wake Robin in 2004. According to family, she enjoyed her retirement years with her family and friends immensely.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana (Steady) Merrill and Tina (Steady) and Peter Bouvier; three sons, Leo Charles (Chucky) and Jackie Steady, Larry and Sandra Steady, and Garry and Melody Steady; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Wakefield of Rochester and Mary Knapp of Bethel; two brothers Robert Norton of Hancock and Wallace Everett of Tunbridge; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, William Norton.

A graveside service was celebrated at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol on Tuesday, April 22.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at One Kennedy Dr, South Burlington, VT 05403.


Margaret (Pat) Sturtevant

NEW HAVEN — Margaret (Pat) Sturtevant, 59, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at her home in New Haven surrounded by her family.  She was born Feb. 8, 1949, in New Haven, the daughter of Edgar and Genevieve (Ash) Durkee.

 According to family, she loved her flower gardening, cooking, crocheting, square dancing, her grandchildren and family. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW in Middlebury. She worked at several places as well as Middlebury College.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Francis Sturtevant of New Haven; two children, Bruce Sturtevant of New Haven, and Lisa Sturtevant and fiancé Mike Poirier of Charlotte; four grandchildren; a sister, Ida and husband Dave Cyr of Shoreham; two brothers, Donald Durkee and companion Flo of Leicester, and Art Durkee of Orwell; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister, Avis.

Friends may call at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Thursday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25, at New Haven Congregational Church. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.

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


Bette Parro

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Bette Parro, 87, of Columbus, Ga., died at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home, Dec. 5, 2007. She was born May 25, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of George Ransom Floyd and Ruth Cornelia Bristol Floyd of Vergennes.

Her family returned soon afterwards to live in Vergennes. She was the manager of Kervin’s Department Store as well as other retail stores and held an office in the American Business Women’s Association during her working career.

After living most of her life in the Burlington area, she moved to Georgia some 25 years ago and was a member of Wesley Heights United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., where she was a foster grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Robert F. Parro and his family of Manning, SC; nieces and nephews, some of whom reside in the area; and numerous grand- and great-grand-nieces and -nephews.

Burial will be in the Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes on May 1, 2008, at 1 pm.

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