Helen A. Varno
MIDDLEBURY — Helen A. Varno, 79, died Friday evening Aug. 1, 2008, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She was born June 23, 1929, in Middlebury, the daughter of Harry and Mabel (Tatro) Varno.
She attended local schools in Middlebury.
She worked many years as a cashier for Stan’s IGA and Greg’s Meat Market. According to family she was an avid bowler and loved to play bingo and was a very loving person who was always willing to help anyone in need; taking care of her son, Butch, was her life.
She is survived by her son, Butch Varno, of Middlebury; her granddaughters, Darcy Turner of Oakwood, Ga., and Marlie Fredette of East Middlebury; her grandson, Willis Varno of Salisbury; her three great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her son, Paul “Yogi” Varno, who died April 16, 2006; her sisters, Ruth and Betty Varno, and her brother, Richard Varno.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 4, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral in Middlebury. The Rev. William R. Beaudin officiated.
Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made to the activities fund at Helen Porter Health and Rehab, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury VT 05753.
Gary Scott Taylor
CLAREMONT, N.H. — Gary Scott Taylor, 41, of Charlestown, N.H., died Sunday evening, Aug. 3, 2008, in North Walpole as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Middlebury on Sept. 14, 1966, the son of Edgar Scott and Arlene (Dumas) Taylor.
He owned and operated the business Mylos, specializing in carpentry and painting.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Taylor of Charlestown, N.H.; his mother, Arlene Dumas Denis, and step-father, Anthony Denis, both of Bristol; his three children, Gary Briggs and Sarah Briggs, both of Bristol, and Amanda Smith and her boyfriend, Curtis Corse, of Burlington; a stepdaughter, Leslie LeClair and her husband, Joseph Scardina; one grandson; one granddaughter; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his father, Edgar Scott.
Funeral services will be held at the Charlestown Memorial Chapel at 34 Main St. in Charlestown, N.H., on Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Winn Alley officiating. Friends may call at the chapel on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the services.
Anyone who wishes too view an online memorial, send a message of condolence or obtain more information may visit www.stringerfh.com.
Fonda Lee Salls
RUTLAND — Fonda Lee Salls, 40, died Thursday, July 31, 2008, following a long battle with cancer, at the home of her brother in Rutland. She was born in Rutland on March 13, 1968, the daughter of Albert D. and Beatrice (Burke) Prescott Sr.
She grew up in East Clarendon where she received her early education. She graduated from Mill River High School in 1987. She graduated from Stafford Technical College as a licensed nurses aide in 1999. She did private duty nursing for several years. She later worked at the Red Roof Inn in the housekeeping department.
She was a member of Brandon American Legion Unit 55 Ladies Auxiliary. According to family, she enjoyed bingo, fishing and working in her flower garden, and she loved county music.
She is survived by two sons, Jesse Hale and Christopher Hale, both of Rutland; two brothers, Albert D. Prescott Jr. of Rutland and Eric J. Prescott of Wallingford; her mother, Beatrice Shaw of North Clarendon; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father.
The funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 4, 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 followed in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Community Cancer Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701.
Whorley John Neff Jr.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Mr. Whorley John Neff Jr., 91, died early Saturday morning, Aug. 2, 2008, at Porter Medical Center. He was born March 25, 1917, in Red Lion, Pa., the son of Whorley John Sr. and Agnes Kaultreider.
He married Barbara Benton Edwards May 11, 1945, in St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, N.Y.
John attended Cornell and Cornell Law School for seven years. He graduated in 1938 and enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country. Upon returning from the army as a captain, John was employed as a corporate lawyer/engineer at MacDonald Aircraft Corp., RCA, Singer Corp. and finally at Grumman Aerospace before retiring in 1978.
John lived at various times in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, and Long Island, N.Y., before moving to Vermont with his wife Barbara, of 46 years, in 1980.
After becoming a widower John lived in Orwell and most recently in East Middlebury with his son Peter and daughter-in-law Naomi.
He is survived by his son, Peter Neff and his wife, Naomi, of East Middlebury; his grandchildren, Sarah Neff and Nickolas Neff of Orwell; his step-grandchildren, Stephanie Clavelle, Elizabeth Clavelle, Benjamin Ferris and Zachary Ferris, all of East Middlebury; by his sister-in-law, Marguerite Foley of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by his wife Barbara, who died June 12, 1991, also by four sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury. Private burial followed at Lake View cemetery in Shoreham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneral
Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
LINCOLN — Hattie Cram, 94, died on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at her home in Lincoln. She was born on Feb. 18, 1914, the daughter of Arthur and Edith (Brooks) Varney.
She attended school in Lincoln, and graduated from Bristol High School. She worked for 25 years as a seamer for the Van Raalte Company in Bristol and Middlebury. She was married on April 25, 1935, to Herman Cram, son of Warren and Cornelia (Pushta) Cram.
She is survived by two sons, Roderick N. Cram and his wife, Judy, of Medina, Ohio, and Rudolph H. Cram and his wife, Rosemary, of Lincoln; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four nieces.
She was predeceased by her husband Herman in 1966; her brother, Robert; her sister, Mildred; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Lincoln United Church. Interment was in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.