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Obituaries (08/28/08)

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Robin L. Thurston

LEICESTER- Robin L. Thurston, 52, of Sandy Point Lane, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home following a long illness.  Born in Cleveland July 18, 1956, she was the daughter of James R. Thompson and the late Beatrice J. (Sweiger) Thompson.

 Robin moved here from Middlebury two years ago where she had lived for several years.

 She served in the United States Navy 1985-1986, and was a waitress at Two Brothers Tavern of Middlebury prior to her illness.

 Robin was a very caring person and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

 Family members include her husband, Charles R. Thurston of Leicester; four sons, Christopher M. Thompson of Massachusetts, Charles R. “CJ” Thurston, Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Germany, James R. Thurston of Vermont, and Steven A. Thurston of Vermont; one daughter, Danette M. Lizzini of Ohio; three sisters, Brenda K. Kociuba and Tonya J. Fortesque, both of Ohio, and Salena A. Tartaglia of Virginia; her father of Ohio, and four grandchildren, Samantha Markley, Megen Lizzini, Cheo Rosas and Danyana Rosas, all of Ohio.

 She was predeceased by her mother.

 A memorial service will be conducted Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, with the Rev. Ronald Reiling, pastor of Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Anthony Elias (Tony) Thomas

BRISTOL — Anthony Elias (Tony) Thomas, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Addison House in Middlebury. He was born April 1, 1912, in Ticonderoga, N.Y., the son of Elias and Sarah (Hubbard) Thomas.

 Both parents had emigrated from Lebanon in the early part of the 20th century. He spent his youth and the majority of his adult life in Bristol. Along with his wife Madine they had numerous businesses in Bristol, the last of which was a retail store where they sold clothes and sporting goods.

According to family he had a love of hunting and fishing and was especially fond of pursuing the elusive white tail deer.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Terry Thomas of Bristol, Joyce Connors and her husband, Joseph, of Mashpee, Mass., and Antoinette Bouchard and her husband, Ronald, of Shelburne; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Nutting of Florida.

He was predeceased by seven sisters and a brother.

There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. Condolences may be sent to: Madine Thomas, Addison House, 152 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

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


Warren Maynard Slocum

MIDDLEBURY — Warren Maynard Slocum, 83, of Middlebury died on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in his home. He was born on April 29, 1925, to Howard and Julia (Wieters) Slocum in Middlebury.

He attended Middlebury High School and was a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he earned a degree in history. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army’s 26th Infantry Division in France and Luxemburg, where he was severely wounded.

At Fort Devens Army Hospital he met his future wife, Pauline Lincoln, the cadet nurse assigned to his care. They were married on June 29, 1947. They had four sons and one daughter while he pursued his career as an educator in New York State.

He went on to earn a master’s (St. Lawrence) and a doctorate degree in education from Albany State University and accepted a professorship at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he taught counselor education for nearly 20 years.

He served as department chairman for many years, was a delegate to the SUNY University Senate, and was active in the Episcopal Church, having been elected to represent his diocese on two occasions at the Episcopal National Convention as a lay delegate.

He retired from teaching in 1981 and later relocated to Sun City Center, Fla., where he and his wife resided for 20 years. In May 2008 Warren returned to his hometown of Middlebury, where he took up residency to be closer to family members.

He is survived by his sisters, Judy VanDerburgh of Portland, Maine, and JoAnn Elder of Fremont, Ohio; his sons, Warren Slocum of Sommerville, Mass., Paul Slocum of Middlebury, and William Slocum of Fairfax Station, Va.; his daughter, Nancy Slocum of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandsons.

He was predeceased by his wife; a son, Charles Slocum; and a brother, William Slocum.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 3 Main St. in Middlebury, 388-7200.


Donald C. Longaway

BRANDON — Donald C. Longaway, 79, died Monday, August 25, 2008, at his home. He was born in Bridgewater Nov. 14, 1928, the son of the late John E. and Lillian A. (Butler) Longaway.

 He served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and fulfilled his lifelong dream of building his own home. He married his wife on June 6, 1958. According to his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and dancing.

 He is survived by his wife, Rachel (Eaton) Longaway of Brandon; two daughters, Tammy Collins and her husband, Paul, of Bath, N.H., and Terry Toppins and her husband, Mike, of Monument, Colo.; five grandchildren; five sisters, Evelyn Garrow of Mount Holly, Rachel Tenney of East Bethel, Kay Powers of Cornwall, Maggie Palmer of East Middlebury, and Shirley Bougor of Wilton, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

 He was predeceased by a brother, John Longaway.

 Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at Hancock Village Cemetery, Hancock, with the Rev. Wayne Holman of Hancock Community Church officiating.

 Memorial donations may be made to Rutland Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice , 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701 or to Brandon Area Rescue Squad, Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.

 Online condolences may be made at sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Edward S. Jacobson

WHITING — Edward S. Jacobson, 94, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in New York City on April 12, 1914, the son of Joseph and Kitty (Fleischman) Jacobson.

He graduated from Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) High School in 1931. In 1932 he joined his parents, who were operating Camp Dunmore for Girls in Salisbury. The next three years were mainly working at Camp Dunmore.

In 1935 he entered the University of Vermont and earned his Ph.B. in 1939. He continued on a fellowship, earning his master’s in political science and history. He continued at UVM as an instructor in the history department in 1941 and 1942.

He married Sherry Berenson of Brookline, Mass., in 1939.

He joined the United States Navy in 1942 and served as an armed guard officer on merchant ships and the gunnery officer on the U.S.S. Jerauld (APA 174), an attack transport. He served both in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant, senior grade.

Upon his return home, he enrolled at Teachers College at Columbia University and studied there for several years until he received his professional diploma in secondary education.

Meanwhile, in 1947, he joined the staff of Drum Hill Jr. High School in Peekskill, N.Y., as a teacher of social studies. He remained in Peekskill until his retirement in 1974, serving fifteen years as a teacher and twelve years as a principal.

In 1946, he joined with Milton Singer, a former football standout for Syracuse University and the New York Giants, to form Camp Dunmore for Boys in Salisbury. This new camp adjoined Camp Dunmore for Girls, where Mr. Jacobson was also associated with his parents.

He remained in the operation of the camps until 1959, when he accepted a Fulbright Exchange to Paisley, Scotland, as a teacher in secondary education. He returned to Scotland for another year of teaching in Paisley when he retired from the Peekskill school system in 1974.

He moved to Whiting in 1976 and began his participation in local affairs soon thereafter. He served as chairman of both the Whiting Planning Commission and Whiting Zoning Board for over 20 years before resigning from the planning commission in 1997. He continued as a member of the zoning board.

He also served many years on the Addison County Planning Commission and shorter terms on the Addison County Home Health Care Association and the United Way. He was a volunteer in the admissions department at Porter Hospital.

He is survived by his companion, Rose Morris of Whiting; his daughter, Betsy Bergman of Brewster, N.Y.; and his son, Mark Jacobson of Chatsworth, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife on May 15, 1984.

A private graveside committal service and burial took place on Monday, Aug. 25, at the family lot in Sharon Gardens Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Robert Bucklin Cook

SUDBURY — Robert Bucklin Cook, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at his home in Sudbury. He was born March 26, 1930, in Rutland, the son of Raymond and Ruth (Bucklin) Cook.

He graduated from Brandon High School in 1948. He was known for his many years of family farming and, in recent years, as the road commissioner for the town of Sudbury. His interests include Vermont life, raising his animals and many years of horse pulling. He was active in town affairs, serving as selectman, school director and road commissioner.

He is survived by his wife, Yvette (Pominville) Cook; his six children, Joanne Keith of Rutland, Raymond Cook and his wife, Eileen, of Sudbury, Thomas Cook of Sudbury, Elaine Cook of Sudbury, Patricia (Cook) Walton of Sudbury, and David Cook and his wife, Kate, of Brandon; his sister, Joan (Cook) Parks, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He wished to be remembered in life. His family is honoring his wishes to have no services or calling hours.

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