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Obituaries (06/05/08)

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William “Earle” Thompson

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — William “Earle” Thompson, 44, formerly of East Middlebury, died on May 31, 2008, as a result of an accident in Hood River, Ore. He was born in Hartford, Conn., the son of John and Catherine (Riker) Thompson.

He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and Paul Smith’s College. Family said he was a natural athlete and excelled at hockey during MAHA’s infancy. He loved adventure and spent the last 17 years near the Columbia River Gorge, pursuing his passions of windsurfing and snowboarding.

He was said to be quick with a smile and filled his life with family and friends, entertaining them with his detailed stories, gourmet cooking, artistic stonework, and his abundant enthusiasm for life. He was known for one of his favorite expressions, “Right on!”

He is survived by his mother, Kitty Thompson, of East Middlebury; three sisters, Cathy Field of Becket, Mass., Heather Hardt of Salisbury, and Beth Wimett of Brandon; a brother, John Thompson of New Haven; and numerous other friends and family from both the East and West Coasts.

A celebration of his life will be held at the DAR State Park in Addison on Sunday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the Memorial Sports Center, Expansion Project, Box 835, Middlebury VT 05753.


Herman Craig Voigt Jr.

SUMTER, S.C. — Herman Craig Voigt Jr., 30, of Sumter, S.C., died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

He was born in Wrightstown, N.J., the son of Herman Craig Voigt Sr. and Sharon Hance Voigt. He was the husband of Annette Lawson Voigt and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Sumter.

He is survived by his wife, Annette, of Sumter; his parents of Sumter; a son, Michael Lee Voigt of Sumter; maternal grandparents, Paul and Thelma Hance of Bristol, Vt.; paternal grandparents, H.A. Voigt Jr. and Betty Louise Voigt of Hanceville, Ala..; in-laws Darlene Ann Lawson, Larry Lawson Jr., Kelly Lawson and Randy Alamia; and many cousins in Vermont.

He was predeceased by a brother, Philip Michael Voigt, and several great-aunts and great-uncles.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Sumter with the Rev. Bob Thompson officiating. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.


Aida Thomas

CORNWALL — Aida Thomas, 91, of Cornwall died on Sunday, June 1, 2008.

One of eight children of Ernesto Massa and Maria Onorati, she was born in Revere, Mass., on May 3, 1917. She lived most of her younger years in Massachusetts, and also lived in New Jersey and Ohio before retiring to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1978.

She worked for some years as an assistant in radiological medicine and with hospital records. She was well known for her gregarious sense of humor, great cooking and her kindness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Thomas, in 1981; her daughter Roberta Thomas Worrick in 1989; and by all her siblings.

For the past year she resided with her grandson Raph Worrick and his family in Cornwall. She is survived by the Worricks and also by her son, Anthony, of Basel, Switzerland; a grandson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Donations in her memory may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753, or to Elderly Services Inc., 112 Exchange St., Middlebury, Vt. 05753.


Marian Emily Newton Smith

VERGENNES — Mrs. Marian Emily Newton Smith, 90, formerly of Ripton, died at the home of Bernadette Laberge early Saturday morning, May 31, 2008.

She was born March 28, 1918, in Georgia, Vt., the daughter of  Alan and Gertrude (Ladd) Newton.

She served the town of Ripton for many years as town clerk and treasurer, lister and also as a school board member.

She married Howard M. Smith on Aug. 15, 1943. He predeceased her in March of 1989.

She is survived by five children, Alan M. Smith Sr. and his wife Linda of Lincoln, Howard E. Smith and his wife Jeanette of Zephyrhills, Fla., Theresa A. Sullivan and her husband Michael of Salisbury, Claudia G. Shain and her husband Lindsey of Brandenburg, and Dorothy Gelinas of Ripton; a brother, Philip Newton and his wife Pat of Michigan; three sisters, Helen Wilson and her husband Leonard of Arizona, Betty Steinburg of North Dakota and Louise Bashaw of St. Albans; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours or services.

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


Lawrence “Larry” Edward Sherman

BRANDON — Lawrence “Larry” Edward Sherman, 72, a retired Lt. Commander of the U.S. Navy and Brandon resident, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born in East Weymouth, Mass., on April 30, 1936, the son of Clarence and Christine Sherman. He graduated from Weymouth High School in 1953 and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute in Boston.

He joined the U.S. Navy in July 1958 and was honorably discharged into the reserves in July 1968 after serving two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Among his numerous military decorations are 11 air medals received for combat assaults over enemy territory. Following his discharge he worked as a flight instructor for Trans World Airlines in Kansas.

He later returned to Weymouth where he was employed as a fire safety inspector and, later, joined Service Master Corp. for several years. He relocated to Vermont in 1978 and worked in Environmental Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center, retiring in 1981. During retirement he drove a school bus for the Brandon school district. He was also a member of the Brandon Congregational Church where he had served as a deacon. He belonged to the Retired Naval Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife Barbara “West” Sherman of Brandon, whom he married in 1973; daughters Leah Murray of Abington, Mass., Marissa Hickey and Elyce Chuilli of Weymouth, Mass., Marcia Birmingham of Groton, Mass. and Judy Sherman of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, James Sherman of DeSoto, Kan.; a sister, Nancy Butler of Plympton, Mass.; a brother, Kenneth Sherman of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Sherman.

The funeral service was held on Monday, June 2, at The Brandon Congregational Church with the Rev. Richard White officiating. Burial was at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

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


Joel Thomas Shelvey

BRANDON — Joel Thomas Shelvey, 59, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 2, 2008, at his home in Brandon.

He was born in Rutland on July 7, 1948, the son of John and Alice (Gravelle) Shelvey. He received his early education in Rutland public schools and graduated from Rutland High School in 1967. He joined the U.S. Army in March of 1968 and served in Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic. His military decorations include the Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged in January 1971 and returned home.

He began working for United Parcel Service as a package driver in Rutland. He retired as a feeder driver in 2003 after 32 years of service. He was an automobile enthusiast who enjoyed buying and selling “kit” cars. He loved animals and had a wonderful appreciation of nature. He was a member of the Brandon American Legion Post No. 55.

He is survived his 30-year partner, Rose Mary Rizzico, of Brandon; a step-daughter, Anne Marie Gianni and husband Paul of Carey, N.C.; a daughter, Sara J. Vitagliano and her husband Sal (Paco) of Rutland; a brother, Alan Shelvey and wife Linda of Shrewsbury; two grandchildren, a step-granddaughter and a niece.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Lee Shelvey.

A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in the family lot at Calvary Cemetery in Rutland. There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to The Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, Vt., 05763, or to www.worldwildlife.org.


Marjorie (Bergen) Rosane

MIDDLEBURY — Memorial services for Marjorie (Bergen) Rosane, who died May 1, 2008, will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2008, at the Congregational Church of Middlebury with the Rev. Daniel Wright officiating.

A reception will follow in the church social hall.


Francis Linis LaPine

BRANDON/Naples, Fla. — Francis Linis LaPine, 83, died Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

He was born in Proctor on April 8, 1925. He was the son of Francis D. & Ruth (Bean) LaPine. He grew up in Pittsford where he received his early education. He graduated from Pittsford High School in 1943. He entered the United States Army in June 1944. He had served in the infantry in the battle for Italy, and was later transferred to the United States Army Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged in November 1946.

He worked in the insurance business most of his life and owned and operated his own insurance agency for many years in the New Haven, Conn., area. He was a former resident of Brandon, retiring to Florida in 1989. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Lakewood Country Club in Naples and a former member of the Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon.

He was the Past Commander of the Brandon Veterans of Foreign Wars. He belonged to Disabled American Veterans and the Rutland Elks. He was a former communicant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

Surviving is his wife Marie (Morettini) LaPine of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Marlane Savage of Enterprise, Ala; and a sister, Floribel Murphy of Ludlow. He was predeceased by two brothers, Donald LaPine and Armand LaPine, and a sister, Ruth Jones.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, Pastor will be the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Pittsford. There are no public calling hours.

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


Bertha “Bert” H. Lapell

MIDDLEBURY — Mrs. Bertha “Bert” H. Lapell, 85, formerly of Shoreham, Benson and Poultney, died Friday afternoon, May 30, 2008, at Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Rochester, Vt., the daughter of Edgar and Cassie (Boyton) Hutchins.

Bertha was a former member of the Shoreham Congregational Church and the Middlebury American Legion Auxiliary. She was a devoted and loved wife, mother and grandmother. Her family and home was her life.

She worked in the hot lunch program in the Shoreham School system during the 1950s and was a housekeeper at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the ’60s and ’70s.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Beatrice “Beachie” Williams and her husband, Ken, of Bristol; her beloved granddaughter, Lee Cousino, of Forestdale, and grandson, Travis Robert Cousino, of Rutland; and her step-grandson Keith Williams and his wife, Sarah, and great-grandson Kolton of Georgia, Vt., and several nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her stepdaughter, Marlene Bishop of New York; her two stepsons, Lee Lapell and his wife, Lori, of Ferrisburgh, and Wayne Lapell and his wife, Molly, of Burlington; and many step-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Walter “Bud” Williams, in 1959 and by her second husband Winston “Winnie” Lapell; by her sister, Ethel “Peg” Williams; and by her five brothers, Roland “Rol,” Fayette “Jack,” Earl, Fred and Dale Hutchins.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, June 8, at 1 p.m. in Lake View Cemetery in Shoreham on Route 74 West near Douglas Orchards. The Rev. Richard White will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation VT Division, 75 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495 or to the Activities Fund at Helen Porter Health Care & Rehabilitation, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury VT 05753.

The family may be reached at 802-345-2292.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson & Ducharme Funeral Homes of Middlebury, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Roger H. “Charlie” LaBerge

ORLANDO, Fla. — Roger H. “Charlie” LaBerge, 68, of Orlando died Saturday May 31, 2008,

He was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Bridport, Vt., the son of Elodian and Lena LaBerge.

He married his wife, Liz, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport in 1958. They raised their family there and moved to Orlando in 1979.

Family said he was a devoted husband and a very loving father and grandfather, who was known as “Pepé.”

He is survived by two brothers, Richard and his wife Jettis, and Leon and his wife Lynn; a sister, Theresa and her husband Bud Murray, all of Florida; three adopted children, Chris and his wife Trish of Winter Park, Fla.,  Kevin of Deltona, Fla., and Shelly of Orlando; three grandchildren; and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by a brother, Rob; a sister, Louise; his wife, Liz; and a baby, Robin.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 7, at St. James Cathedral in Orlando with Fr. John McCormick presiding.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 6, from 7-9 p.m. at Colonial Chapel/Carey Hand, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando Fl 32806.

Memorial contributions be made to the Russell Home for Atypical Children, 510 Holden Ave., Orlando, FL 32839. ORLANDO, Fla. — Roger H. “Charlie” LaBerge, 68, of Orlando died Saturday May 31, 2008,

He was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Bridport, Vt., the son of Elodian and Lena LaBerge.

He married his wife, Liz, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport in 1958. They raised their family there and moved to Orlando in 1979.

Family said he was a devoted husband and a very loving father and grandfather, who was known as “Pepé.”

He is survived by two brothers, Richard and his wife Jettis, and Leon and his wife Lynn; a sister, Theresa and her husband Bud Murray, all of Florida; three adopted children, Chris and his wife Trish of Winter Park, Fla.,  Kevin of Deltona, Fla., and Shelly of Orlando; three grandchildren; and many extended family members.

He was predeceased by a brother, Rob; a sister, Louise; his wife, Liz; and a baby, Robin.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 7, at St. James Cathedral in Orlando with Fr. John McCormick presiding.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 6, from 7-9 p.m. at Colonial Chapel/Carey Hand, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando Fl 32806.

Memorial contributions be made to the Russell Home for Atypical Children, 510 Holden Ave., Orlando, FL 32839.


Bernard L. Gregory

HOMOSASSA, Fla. — Bernard L. Gregory, 85, of Homosassa, Fla., died May 30, 2008.

He was born in Crown Point, N.Y., on Dec. 19, 1922, the son of Morgan and Ida Mae (Bronson) Gregory. The family moved to a tenant farm in Shoreham, Vt., soon afterwards.

He was a military man for 22 years. He jumped in Normandy on “D-Day,” June 6, 1944, in the Battle of the Bulge, and in other theaters of war in Europe. He also fought in major battles during the Korean War where he drove a tank and his position was overrun by the Chinese Army. He was a member of the Screaming Eagles and jumped a total of 69 times.

He received numerous medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star. He retired from the Army in 1964 at Fort Devens, Mass., as a staff sergeant.

He worked at the Vermont Marble Quarry in Proctor, General Electric in Rutland and at Deem’s Cabinets in Homosassa, Fla.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Fern and Charles Danford of Bolivia, N.C.; a son and daughter in-law, David and Corl Gregory; three granddaughters; three grandsons; five great-grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by wife Rita Bertrand Gregory in 2004 after 52 years of marriage; three brothers, Leonard, Leon and Robert Gregory; two sisters, Mildred and Retta; and a great-granddaughter who died at birth, Brianna Nicole Shaw.

Services were held at Wilder’s Funeral Home in Homosassa, Fla., on June 4 with burial at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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