Bernice Irwina Milton
BRANDON — Bernice Irwina Milton, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Brandon.
She was born in Waterbury, Conn., on March 22, 1917, the daughter of Ernest and Ruby (Westervelt) Barker.
She was a retired hairdresser and a member of Prospect (Conn.) Congregational Church Women’s Association, of the “17ers” and a charter member of Cheshire (Conn.) Cats Square Dance Club and the National Family Campers and RVers. She was also a member of the Prospect Congregational Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Janice Jones, of Brandon, with whom she had made her home; a son, Bradley Milton of Prospect, Conn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her husband, Alton Milton, on Sept. 7, 2004.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home in Prospect with a graveside committal service and burial in the Cheshire (Conn.) Cemetery.
Donations may be made to The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.
Samuel Maxwell Raven Laframboise
BURLINGTON — Samuel Maxwell Raven Laframboise, 18, of Burlington died as the result of a car crash on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. The former Bristol resident was born May 4, 1990, in Middlebury, the son of Philip Laframboise and Roxanne Williams.
A lover of skateboarding, family said he had a love for life and a big heart, and he was always there for friends and family.
He is survived by his parents, mother Roxanne Williams of Bridport and father and step-mother, Philip and Cherie Laframboise of Hinesburg; three sisters, Heather Jackson, Katie Jackson and Tana; a brother, Timothy Joseph Williams; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol with interment at a later date. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Earl Stanley Fisher
FERRISBURGH — Earl Stanley Fisher, 77, a longtime resident of Ferrisburgh and 52 year member of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Oct. 6, 2008.
He was born March 20, 1931, in Marshfield, the son of Frank Laundry and Josephine Richardson. After spending his early years in Bristol, he moved into the foster home of Mertle Miller in the North Ferrisburgh Hollow, where he received kindness, love and support that served as a foundation for life and fueled his desire to help others.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served as a tank commander during the Korean War. After completing his combat tour in Korea, he was assigned to an American base in Germany, where he met and fell in love with Margot Wisher, who became his wife. Tragically, one year later, Margot and their child both died during child birth. He never married again.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served as a tank instructor. When he returned to civilian life in Ferrisburgh in 1956 he worked on area farms, became a custodian at the Vergennes High School, drove the school bus, worked for many years at Kennedy Brothers wood products factory and for the Ferrisburgh town road crew.
He joined the North Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department, which became the greatest commitment of his life. He was described as a multi-faceted firefighter who was always ready to help his neighbors. While most senior firefighters reach an age when they retire, he still wanted to serve and took specialized training as fire-police, in which he provided valuable traffic control functions. He continued to serve his community and department until very recently, when his illness forced him to retire. Right up until his last year, he never missed an opportunity to participate in the fire safety program at the Ferrisburgh Central School.
He was elected a life member of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department (1991), the Addison County Senior Firefighter of the Year (2006) and was recently recognized by the Vermont State Firefighters’ Association (2008) for his long years of faithful service.
He is survived by two sisters, Irene of Florida and Ramona Dion of Vergennes, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as friends and caregivers.
Calling hours will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes and a firefighter’s funeral will take place at the Ferrisburgh Fire Station on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Following the service, interment will take place at the North Ferrisburgh Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to the Ferrisburgh Fire Department, P.O. Box 25, North Ferrisburgh, Vt., 05473.
Nellie Whitney Cyr
COBALT, Conn. — Nellie Whitney Cyr, 99, of Cobalt, Conn., widow of Roland J. Cyr, died on the morning of Sept. 30 at the Cobalt Lodge nursing home in Cobalt.
She was born Dec. 11, 1908, in Salisbury, Vt., the daughter of Edward J. and Ida May (Thomas) Whitney. She attended local schools, including Vermont Academy, and was a graduate of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing, in Hartford, Conn. She worked as a registered nurse in Hartford and especially enjoyed private-duty nursing. She made her home in Windsor, Conn., until she was no longer able to live on her own.
In her retirement years she enjoyed traveling with friends and family, exploring other parts of the United States, including several trips to Hawaii and Europe. She always returned to the family home in Salisbury, Vt., as often as she could and spent many summers there. She attended the Salisbury Congregational Church.
She is survived by sister Martha Whitney Hooker and her husband, John Hooker, of Hebron, Conn.; sister-in-law Bea Whitney of Georgia; and nine nieces and nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by her husband; her nine brothers: Frank Carley (Carl), James Edward (Bed), Paul, Percy (Pete), Willard (Bill), Henry, Royal (Roy), Raymond (Dan) and Julius (Dud).
A memorial service will be held in July 2009 at the West Salisbury Cemetery.
Virginia Chase Bottum
NEW HAVEN — Virginia Chase Bottum of New Haven, Vermont, entered the arms of our Savior at the Helen Porter Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury on Friday, October 3, 2008. She celebrated her 94th birthday on August 9, 2008, receiving many greetings in person and by mail. Mrs. Bottum was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas Lynn Chase and E’ola Maria Bunting.
She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Bunting Chase.
She is survived by her loving son, Lynn Hoyt Bottum, of New Haven, Vermont; a niece and nephew, Carol Lynn Chase and Craig Thomas Chase of Minneapolis, Minnesota; an aunt, Mary Cozadd, age 95, of Riverview, Michigan; a cousin, Jo Pearl Rasmussen and her husband Berger of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and loyal friends James and Betty Isaacson of Rio Verde, Arizona.
Mrs. Bottum was a graduate of the John Herbert Phillips High School and the Paul Hayne College of Business, both in Birmingham, Alabama. She was married to Julius Hoyt Bottum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 6, 1935. Mr. Bottum brought her to New Haven in September 1941, when he assumed management of the Bottum dairy farm. He predeceased her in 1977.
Mrs. Bottum was employed as receptionist in the x-ray department at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vermont, from 1954 through 1962, and then entered the Fanny Allen School of Nursing,, from which she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In her retirement she enjoyed caring for children, including Olivia Cacciatore, daughter of Alyce Schermerhorn of Middlebury; both of them have become close family friends.
Mrs. Bottum was a member of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, and many years ago she taught Sunday School at the New Haven Congregational Church. She was a member of Libanus Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Bristol, and of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also founded the Vermont Association of Medical Assistants.
Funeral services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Her son, Lynn, will gladly receive telephone calls (453-4597) to give directions to the cemetery. Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol is in charge of the arrangements.