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Obituaries 11/06/08

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David Spencer Yates

PROCTOR — David Spencer Yates, 77, died Oct. 31, 2008, of respiratory failure.

He was born in Burlington on Feb. 7, 1931, the adopted son of Sheldon Smith and Edith (Cutter) Yates of Englewood, N.J.

He was a 1949 graduate of Deerfield Academy and attended the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He was a birder, naturalist and historian, and gave his time to many organizations, most recently St. Dominic’s Church of Proctor and Rutland County Audubon Society.

He enjoyed golf, skiing, canoeing, hockey and world travel. In the 1970s, he built and operated the Whiteface Mountain KOA campground near Lake Placid, N.Y.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Yates of Bristol; two sons, D. Spencer Yates Jr. and John Yates of Proctor; three grandchildren; a brother, Robert Yates of New Canaan, Conn.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Yates was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Janice Lanzillo Yates, in 2003.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Dominic’s Church in Proctor followed by a reception and calling hours at 11:30 a.m. at the Union Church reception hall in Proctor.

Contributions may be made for the preservation and upkeep of the West Rutland Marsh Boardwalk, to Rutland County Audubon Society, in care of John Yates, 28 Olympus Road, Proctor, VT 05765.


Arlene Frances “Archie” Tebbetts

BRANDON — Arlene Frances “Archie” Tebbetts, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at her home in Brandon.

She was born in Forestdale on June 3, 1942. She was the daughter of Richard and Katherine (Guyette) Fallon. She received her education in local Forestdale and Brandon schools, graduating from Brandon High School in 1960. She was employed by Standard Register in Middlebury for over 37 years, retiring as an analyst in 2003. Family say she was a very private person, enjoyed word puzzles and watching television, and loved animals, especially her cat.

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Raymond and her husband Fred, of Brandon; two sisters, Suzanne Lester of Pittsford and Shirley Scott of Forestdale; one brother, Steve Fallon of Whiting; one granddaughter; two grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Marvin Tebbetts, in 2002.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon officiated. The graveside committal service and burial was held on Thursday in the family lot at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.

Donations may be made, in her memory, to The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Dr., Rutland, VT 05701.


Stella Margaret (Homiski) Stanley

BRISTOL — Stella Margaret (Homiski) Stanley, 86, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008.  Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 27, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Brojeck) Homiski.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Stanley of Norwich, Conn. In 2002 she moved from Connecticut to Bristol, where she made her home with her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law John Gebo. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Community.

Until her retirement in 1974, she was a psychiatric aide for 25 years at Norwich Hospital in Connecticut. In retirement she did volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and cared for terminally ill friends in her neighborhood.

She was an avid Red Sox fan, loved working in her flower beds, going deep sea fishing, crocheting, knitting and doing crossword puzzles.  Family say she was strong willed, had a heart of gold, and relied on her faith to help her through the many hardships faced throughout her life.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Gardner of Norwich, Conn., Patricia Elton of East Lyme, Conn., and Barbara Gebo and her husband John of Bristol; three sisters, Genevieve Hill of Cedar Park, Texas, Wanda Newsome of Storrs, Conn., and Theresa Kane of Bozrah, Conn.; two  brothers, Peter J. Homiski and John Homiski of Norwich, Conn; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Alfred Homiski and Frank Chojnicki.

A Mass of Christian burial took place on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich, Conn.

Donations may be made to Have A Heart Food Shelf, c/o St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443, or Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Inc., PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Dorothy P. Rankin

MONKTON — Dorothy P. Rankin died unexpectedly after a short illness on Oct. 29, 2008.  Dot was born Aug. 6, 1930, in New York City, the daughter of John and Mary Rankin.  She grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and attended Antioch College.  She married twice and raised three children.  An independent spirit, she developed many of her interests into enterprises that helped support herself and her children: antique dealer, chef, caterer, cookbook author, and specialty food entrepreneur to name a few. She always pursued her goals with quiet determination and an unwavering ability to stand her ground. A talented person, Dot had many creative outlets, rug hooking, jewelry making, painting, interior design, gardening and always creating and enjoying wonderful food. She was an avid reader and pored over cookbooks and food magazines.  Her body of recipes will be treasured forever.

Dot was a devoted grandmother, a loving mother and aunt.  She never missed a holiday. She cherished family vacations at Packards Camps, Sebec Lake, Maine and she enjoyed sailing, swimming and picnics at Kingsland Bay.  Dot had a love of beauty in all things.  She thrived on the spectacular views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains from her Monkton Ridge home.

Always young at heart, Dot nurtured friendships of all generations. 

She is survived by her sister Beth and husband Scot Cawley of West Newbury, Mass., her daughter Laura and husband Chris Pettibon of Vergennes, and their children Annie of Denver, Colo., and Sam of Cambridge, Mass., her son James Mansfield of Salvisa, Ky., and his sons, Patrick and Russell, her nephews, Doug, Stuart and Alex Cawley and their families.

Her eldest daughter Linda Mansfield, formerly of Portland, Maine, passed away in July 2008. 

Dot’s friends and family are invited to attend a party in her honor at The Charlotte Senior Center on Ferry Road, Sat., Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Russell Memorial Library, 4333 State’s Prison Hollow Road, Monkton, VT 05469.


Florence E. “Mimi” Pool

MIDDLEBURY — Florence E. “Mimi” Pool, 79, of Middlebury, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at Porter Hospital.

Born July 3, 1929, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Cecelia (Gotchall) Block. 

Florence was a homemaker and a resident of Middlebury since 1954.

She is survived by one son, Gary S. Pool and his wife, Tracy, of Hyde Park; two daughters, Debra A. Pool-Hahn and her husband, Edward, of Reston, Va., and Amy S. Pool of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Erin L. Cram and her companion, Samuel Demmons, of Gorham, N.H., and Kara E. Pool and her companion, Patrick Krock-Horton, of Northampton, Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Aria M. Day and Sadie N. Demmons; and many good friends and neighbors.

Florence was predeceased by her husband Edwin L. “Louie” Pool and a brother, Henry D. Block.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing to make memorial donations may make them to HOPE, (formerly ACCAG) P.O. Box 165, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice. 

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


Dr. Raymond Mulcahy

LEICESTER — Dr. Raymond Mulcahy, 86, died peacefully at home in Leicester on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon with a graveside committal service and burial to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery. Following the committal service the family will receive friends at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall, for a time of fellowship and reflection.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.


Roger G. Kline

MIDDLEBURY — Roger G. Kline, 77, of Middlebury died at home on Oct. 30, 2008, after a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 28, 1930, in Wooster, Ohio, the son of Otto C. Kline and Mary (Wagner) Kline. He married Joan Stoeber on April 26, 1958.

He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and a master of science degree from University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a naval architect in the commercial shipbuilding industry for the Maritime Administration in Washington, D.C.; for U.S. Steel in Monroeville, Pa.; as a consultant in San Francisco; for R.A. Stearn, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and for Newport News Shipbuilding in Milwaukee. He and his wife retired to Winona, Minn., in 1993 and then moved to Middlebury in 2005.

Family say he had a great appreciation of nature and beauty as evidenced by his bird watching, sailing, canoeing, hiking, and painting, though in his later years Parkinson’s Disease limited his participation in some of these activities.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and three children, Susan Longe and husband Roger of Vergennes; Philip Kline and fiancee Claudia Six of Mill Valley, Calif.; and Timothy Kline of Longmont, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Contributions may be made to the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, PO Box 857, or the Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, both in Middlebury.


Jeanne Gingras

MIDDLEBURY — Jeanne Gingras, nee Jean-Ann Whipple, a lifelong resident of Vermont, died the morning of Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer Gingras Campanile of Alexandria, Va., Christopher Gingras of Rutland, and by their father, Gary Gingras of Atlanta, Ga. She leaves behind, as well, a lifetime of friends and the family around which she built her life: Her father, Jack Whipple, and his wife Marie, of Middlebury; Joy and Butch Smith, of Brandon, and their children, Zoe and Jackson Smith; Stephen and Heidi Whipple, of Middlebury, and Steve’s children, Amy Sweet and Rob Whipple; and Barbara Whipple and her daughter Ashley Morcombe, of Brandon.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Cornwall Congregational Church on Route 30. Flowers are welcome; if you would like to make a donation in Jeanne’s honor, the family requests support for the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 504, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Harold Fletcher

SOUTHAMPTON, MASS. — Harold Fletcher, 94, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass.

He was born Jan. 12, 1914, in Shoreham, the son of Sydney and Etta (Turrille) Fletcher.

He owned and operated the Fletcher Fuel Service and Texaco service station on Woodstock Ave. in Rutland, retiring in 1969 to live, first in Addison, then in Southampton, Mass. He was a member of the Morning Sun Lodge of Masons in Bridport for over 70 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Family say he was a true farmer who needed to work with the soil, which he did right up to the end.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Boyle and her husband Richard  of Southampton, Mass.; a sister, Pearl Doane of Shoreham; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, on Aug. 5, 2000; and two sisters, Mildred Paquette and Irene Brilyea, both of Vermont.

Contributions may be given to Southampton Fire Department, Chief’s Office, College Highway, Southampton, MA 01073.


Eileen Mary “Tish” Elkins

STARKSBORO — Eileen Mary “Tish” Elkins, 48, died on Oct. 28, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Feb. 26, 1960.

She worked for Shelburne Farms and for Smart Suites, and during that time she met many dedicated and devoted friends. Family members say that she was a loving wife, mother, and friend to all who knew her. Her love for elephants was well known, and she loved taking trips and hitting the slots with her best friend, Dodie.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Robert Elkins of Starksboro; her daughters Ruby Elkins of Starksboro, and Tanya Seeley and her partner Daniel Johnson; her father John R. Seeley of Florida; her sister and brother-in-law Debra and Patrick Brady of Shelburne; her stepbrother Tom Bell of Florida; brothers-in-law Dick Elkins of Shelburne, Henry Elkins of Florida, Bert Elkins and wife Mary of Richmond, Russell Elkins and wife Elizabeth of Shelburne; sisters-in-law Nancy Ladue and husband, Lenny of Belchertown, Mass., and Sally Elkins of S. Burlington; a granddaugher, and many nieces and nephews.

Eileen was predeceased by her son, Jonathan Michael Seacrest; her mother Charlotte (Kidd) Seeley; and her stepmother Gertrude (Bell) Seeley.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church in Shelburne, with  interment at a later date.

Donations may be made to Starksboro Fire and Rescue, or the Vt. Cancer Society.


Ruth Mae Andrews

SALISBURY — Ruth Mae Andrews, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She was born in Worcester, Mass., on November 8, 1927. She grew up in Springfield, Mass., and was graduated from Springfield High School, class of 1944. Afterwards she attended Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Mass., and received her R.N. in 1947.

She worked in pediatrics at Springfield Hospital for several years. On June 27, 1951, she married Walter Andrews in Springfield. They had made their home in Longmeadow, Mass., for over 30 years, retiring to Salisbury in 2003.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Andrews; two sons, Peter Andrews of Bedford, N.H., and Jeffrey Andrews, with whom she had made her home in Salisbury; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Clayton Jernberg, and a sister, Marvel Hart.

The funeral service will be private, and there are no calling hours.

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

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