Robert E. Pechie
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Robert E. Pechie, 75, of Minnesott Beach, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, due to a blood clot from an earlier surgery, at Northside Hospital in Alpharetta, Ga.
He was born in Queens Village, N.Y., on April 3, 1933, the son of the late Anna Thrasher Pechie and Theodore Pechie. He was also predeceased by a brother Ted Pechie of Lincoln, Vt.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evelyn Pechie, originally from Islip Long Island, N.Y.; four children, James DeMilt and wife Lisa of Lincoln; Rene Pechie-Bougor and husband Michael of Middlebury; Sherraine Pechie and Steve Hartman of Alpharetta and Robert Pechie Jr. and wife Karen of Newport, N.C.; four grandchildren, Jeremy Bougor, Amanda DeMilt and Kati and Kelli Kayhart, all of Vermont; also, a brother Joseph Pechie and wife Nancy of Luray, Va.; sister-in-law Gail Thorpe-Guy of New Bern, N.C., along with many nieces and nephews; his two beloved Miniature Schnauzers, Meeka and Schnapps; and many special friends.
As a young man he served overseas for the U. S. Army. He met his wife in Long Island and married in Hauppauge, N.Y. A few years later they moved to Vermont to raise their family and he built custom homes. He also enjoyed dairy farming on Shaker Mountain in Starksboro, Vt. They moved to North Carolina in 1982 where he was an engineering technician at the facility maintenance department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., retiring in 1996.
In the summers he and his wife and dogs would travel to Salisbury to enjoy the sunsets at their home he built on Lake Dunmore. He loved spending time with family, working with his hands creating beautiful clocks, birds, rocking chairs and many other crafts. There was always a new project just around the corner. He also enjoyed landscaping and golfing with family and friends. No matter the task he was always there with a helping hand.
At this time there will be no formal memorial service. His family plans a gathering at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, 506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset Street #14, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
James O’Bryan Norton
MIDDLEBURY, Vt., and DANBURY, Conn. — James O’Bryan Norton, 69, died in Danbury on Dec. 9, 2008. He was born in Middlebury, Vt., on July 18, 1939, the eldest son of the late David and Sylvia (O’Bryan) Norton.
He graduated from Bristol High School in 1957 and from Vermont Agricultural and Technical Institute (now Vermont Technical College) in 1959. He has resided in Connecticut since 1961, the last 30 years in Danbury and in New Milford prior to that. He was employed as a highway construction inspector by the Connecticut Department of Transportation for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly J. (Snopkoski) Norton of Danbury; two daughters, Theresa A. Colville of New Milford and Heather M. Quiroz of Danbury; a brother, Hubert Norton and his wife Sharon of Essex, Vt.; a son, Erick A. E. Norton of New Milford; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, James O’Bryan Norton Jr.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Funeral Home at 57 Main Street in Danbury, Ct. Interment will be later at the family’s convenience.
Orlando Garcia “Lanny” Duany
ZEPHYRHILLS, FLA. — Orlando Garcia “Lanny” Duany, 85, of Zephyrhills, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.
He was born in Oriente Manzanillo, Cuba, and lived in Vergennes for most of his life. He was employed at Simmonds Precision/Hercules in Vergennes for 38 years. After retiring in 1988, he moved to Zephyrhills.
He served his country in the Navy during World War II, seeing action in Anzio and receiving a Purple Heart for his service. He was a founding member of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and volunteered both as an EMT and as treasurer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean Young Duany; a son, Michael and his wife Natalie of Burlington; three daughters, Cathryn Butler and her husband Stephen of Middlebury, Susan and her husband Bill of Helena, Mont., and Anne Whyte and her husband Matt of Essex Junction; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside prayer service will be held on Dec. 17 at the Bushnell Cemetery for Veterans in Florida.
Joanne M. Brown
MIDDLEBURY — Joanne M. Brown, 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at her home in Middlebury.
She was born on Dec. 21, 1939, in Middlebury, the daughter of Edmund and Georgiana (Shackett) Cousino.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Brown of Middlebury; three children, Leo Robidoux of Middlebury, Brenda Robidoux and long-time partner Raymond Regnaud of Lincoln and Randy Robidoux of Kentucky; two step-daughters, Pam Brown of Castleton and Barbara Brown of Wells; three brothers, Frank and wife Sandy Cousino of Burlington, Edmund and wife Mary Cousino of Conn., Bill and wife Janice Cousino of Bristol; two sisters, Pauline and husband John Gearwar of Bristol and Connie and husband Jim Cyr of Conn.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband, J. Leo Robidoux, on Aug. 26, 1995, and by five sisters and a brother.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 15, at 11a.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.