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Obituaries 10/30/08

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Lillian Noyes Mulcahy

LEICESTER — Lillian Noyes Mulcahy, 82, passed away peacefully at home recently, surrounded by family members. Daughter of the late Richard G. and Pearl (Begor) Noyes, Lillian was born in Salisbury. After graduating from Brandon High School in 1944, Lillian was employed as a secretary at the Brandon Training School and was soon promoted to psychiatric secretary to Dr. Francis Kelly. In 1950, she and Raymond Michael Mulcahy met, fell deeply in love, and were married in just three months. They raised seven children.

Lillian is survived by Raymond, her best friend and true love for 58 years.

Lillian is missed by her surviving five children, Daniel and his wife Sandi of Glendora, Calif.; Peggy and her husband Bob Conley and their children Meghan, Robert and Kevin of Longmeadow, Mass.; Eileen and her son Tyler Ferland of Montpelier; Barry and his wife Mari and their children Padraic and Jillian of Leicester; and Kathleen (Kay) of Meredith, N.H.

Lillian was predeceased by two sons, Kevin Paul in 1975 and Brendan Sean in 2002. Rey Pamela (Brendan’s daughter) lives in Graniteville. Lillian will be missed by the surviving two of her 10 siblings: Maj. Ralph Lee Noyes of Alexandria, Va., and Salisbury and Margaret N. Twelves of Wilmington, Del., and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides being a cherished wife and loving mother, Lillian was active in St. Mary’s Church as a lector, altar server and Grand Regent for the Catholic Daughters of America. In addition to being a hands-on homemaker, she was accountant for the properties that she and Ray owned and rented. For several years, she was secretary and then librarian at the elementary school in Forest Dale. Lillian and Ray retired in South Carolina, but returned to Vermont in 2006 to be close to family members.

Lillian had many hobbies including refurnishing furniture, reading, and crossword puzzles. She and her daughter, Eileen, co-managed an antique shop for many years. Lillian will be remembered most for her dedication to her family, her gentle nature, her tenacity and her amazing organizational skills.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz was the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial followed the mass in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to The Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05733, or to a charity of one’s choice.


Leonard S. Holbrook Sr.

WALTHAM — Leonard S. Holbrook Sr. died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at his home.

He was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Monkton.

He served a total of seventeen years in the US Navy during WWII and Korea and his rank was SH2. Lenny was happiest when he was doing the things he loved. He was a master craftsman, hunter, and fisherman. Also, he loved to restore cars and fix whatever was broken. He was always busy and when he wasn’t you would find him reading or cooking a tasty meal.

He is survived by his loving wife Geneva O. Holbrook; a close granddaughter Jenny M. Lewis and husband Grant; seven children, Leonard S. Holbrook Jr. and children Abe, Leonard, William, Sanford S. Holbrook III and Tammy; a son Joseph Enos and wife Jacqueline; a son Robert Enos and wife Janey and children Miranda, Amy, Rob and Jonathan; a son Elton Holbrook and wife Lisa and children Lindsey and Melinda; a son Mark Holbrook and wife Michelle and children Mark and Matthew; daughter Laurie Holbrook and children Jenny, Shannon, and Ashley; son Sanford S. Holbrook II and wife Bobbi Lynn and children Brittney, Sanford C.J. Holbrook, and many great-grandchildren; all of Vermont.

There will be a family service at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph to honor Leonard’s military service. He will be missed!!


Phillip F. Hardway

MIDDLEBURY — Phillip F. Hardway, 67, of Monarch Court, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at his home following a period of failing health.

Born Oct. 5, 1941, in Dailey, W.V., he was the son of the late Forest P. and Olive F. (Butcher) Hardway. He attended school in Dailey in his earlier years and North Troy High School in Troy, Vt. In 1985 he graduated with his son, earning his adult diploma from Middlebury Union High School.

Phil honorably served in the United States Army and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Initially he was employed at various jobs in Rutland. He retired in 2003 after 24 years of service with Simmons Precision/ Goodrich of Vergennes.

Phil was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Vergennes Eagles Club.

Family members include his wife of 45 years, Anna (Gilman) Hardway of Middlebury; one son, Phillip F. Hardway Jr. of Salisbury; two daughters, Tammy Willson and her husband Steve of East Middlebury and Helen Warner and her husband Bob of Ferrisburgh; two sisters, Jean O. Butcher of Richmond, Va., and Bethel Fleming from Bethel, Vt.; two grandchildren, Jon Willson and Brianna Willson; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Hardway and Bernard Hardway, and one sister, Grace White.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 S. Main St., Middlebury. Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m., Friday at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Randolph, with military honors to follow at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or to the American Diabetes Association.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


David M. Field

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Former Ferrisburgh resident David M. Field, 65, of Pawleys Island, S.C., died on Oct. 23, 2008, in Tidelands Hospice House. He was born on June 18, 1943, in Burlington, the son of Warner and Elizabeth Field.

He served two tours in Vietnam as a corpsman in the U.S. Marine Corps. He came to Pawleys Island 15 years ago, and was a contractor and mason bricklayer. He was a long-standing member and served as a sergeant of arms of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10420.

He his survived by his dear friend Doris Norvak of South Carolina; three sons, Eric, David Jr., and Seth of Bristol; and stepmother Yvette Field of Ferrisburgh. He was predeceased by his father in 2007.

A graveside service will be held on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.


Elisabeth “Libby” Cushman

BRISTOL — Elisabeth “Libby” Cushman, 88, of  Bristol died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center following many months of failing health.

She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Bristol, the daughter of John and Marguerite (Fitzsimons) Kilbourn.

She graduated from Bristol High School in 1938, and she completed three years of nurses training at Bishop De Goesbriand Hospital in Burlington. She joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Army Nurse Corps in New Guinea and the Philippines. She was discharged in 1946 as a first lieutenant.

She worked in Bristol for Dr. Dewees Brown and Dr. David Henderson for 30 years until her retirement. Widowed at 37, she was proud to raise her four children alone and family said she was happy with all their successes.

She is survived by four children, Thomas Cushman and wife Norma of St. Louis, Diane Cushman and her husband Bill Smith of Lincoln, Edward Cushman of Freeland, Wash., and Mary Cushman of Ashfield, Mass.; seven grandchildren;  four siblings, Miriam Burke of Bristol, Joan Best of St. Petersburg, Fla., and New Haven, Tom Kilbourn and his wife Janice of Bristol, and John Kilbourn and his companion Sara Trudeau of Bristol; sister-in-law Betty Kilbourn of Greenville, S.C.; and 27 nieces, nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Cushman, in 1957, and her youngest brother, Arthur Kilbourn, in 1994.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at United Church of Lincoln with interment in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Friends may call at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Monday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations may be made to Bristol American Legion Post 19, 10 Airport Drive, Bristol, VT 05443, or to a charity of one’s choice.


Pauline B. Bushey

SALISBURY — Pauline B. Bushey , 89, died Oct. 28, 2008, at her home at Shard Villa in Salisbury.

Born in 1918 on the family farm in York Springs, Pa., she was one of 12 children of Cletus and Gazella Rice Bosserman.

Musician, educator, political activist, athlete and champion golfer, she taught music and English in the Pittsburgh public schools and later worked in Pupil Personnel Services and taught music in the York City school district. “Polly,” as she was known, graduated from West Chester College and continued graduate work at Penn State University.

In her retirement she played music at elder care homes around York and at her home in Vermont. Best known for her piano playing, she brought music into the lives of people wherever she went. Family said she could play any song by ear and never walked by a piano without stopping to play a tune.

She was formerly married to Kenton W. Bushey.

She is survived by two siblings, Robert Bosserman of Perris, Calif., and Jean Weidner of Williamsburg, Va.; her children, Julie Stauffer of Norwalk, Conn., Kathleen (Cooter) Bushey and her husband Cal Schneider of Monkton, and Tom Bushey and his partner Veronica Kenney of Missoula, Mont.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later date.

Donations in her memory can be made to Shard Villa Residential Program, 1177 Shard Villa Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.


Ila Frances (Blow) Blanchard

NORTH FERRISBURGH — Ila Frances (Blow) Blanchard, 92, of North Ferrisburgh, died Oct. 14.

She was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1916, the first child of Robert and Fanny Blow. The family later moved to Vermont, living in Winooski and then Windsor. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1933.

In 1936 she married Weston Blanchard and the couple settled in Windsor, where Robert Evans and Betty Anne were born. At the outbreak of World War II they became a typical military family, moving from one training installation to another until Wes was sent to the war in Italy. Following World War II and the Korean War, she was able to realize her dream of attending college to become a teacher. She graduated from West Liberty State College in West Virginia and soon began teaching in Vermont. She taught in Williston and then in Shelburne schools for 20 years.

She is survived by her two children: Bob and his wife, Barbara, of Worcester, and Betty Michael of North Ferrisburgh; two sisters-in-law, Lucy Blanchard of Windsor and Gladys Blow of Alfred, Maine; a brother, Carl and his wife, Helen, of Wilkeson, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Russell Smart of Alfred, Mass.; a sister, Florence Struck of Maine; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband; brothers Arthur, Emmet, and Robert; sister Margaret; and a grandson, Kevin Michael.

Her ashes will be interred at Ascutney Cemetery in the Weston family plot.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the family home on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-3 p.m. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641, or one’s favorite charity.


Veta M. Anderson

FERRISBURGH — Veta M. Anderson, 89, of Ferrisburgh died Oct. 27, 2008. She was born in Weybridge, April 4, 1919, to George and Martha Olcott. She married Nils A. Anderson July 18, 1939.

She was described by family as a loving mother, grandmother and life-long homemaker.

She is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Nils W. and Jean Anderson of Ferrisburgh, Jeanette and Leslie Fuller of Ferrisburgh, Margaret and Rev. Roger Gaboriault of Florida, Carolyn Anderson of Middlebury, Elizabeth and Bernard Andrews of Addison, Marolyn Anderson of Ferrisburgh, Katherine and Walter Welch of Shoreham, and George Anderson of Ferrisburgh; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Nils A. Anderson in 1966; a grandson, Brian Andrews, in 1981; and two brothers, Fletcher and Dominic Olcott.

There will be no visiting hours. A private family celebration of her life will be held in the spring. Contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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