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Obituaries 12/18/08

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Jean Arlie (Whittemore) Whitman

MIDDLEBURY — Jean Arlie (Whittemore) Whitman died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Porter Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Born and raised in Ripton, she was the daughter of Harold and Bernice (Billings) Whittemore. She and her two sisters grew up exploring the hills and valleys of Ripton and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Campus. She attended Ripton’s two-room schoolhouse until transferring to Middlebury in seventh grade. In high school, she pitched for the softball team.

After graduation, she married her husband, Raymond, and moved to Middlebury. Together they raised four children. She was active in the Valley Bible Church of East Middlebury. Her family says she loved flower gardening and was famous for her baked beans. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and rug hooking, as well as doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Lynn, Gary, Robin and Scott; and a sister, Patricia Hunter, of Lexington, Mass.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, and a sister, Lorraine Malzac.

A service in her memory will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m., at the Valley Bible Church in East Middlebury. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association or the Valley Bible Church.


Dorothy H. Weber

MIDDLEBURY — Dorothy H. Weber, 95, of Middlebury died peacefully Dec. 11, 2008, at the Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation Memory Unit with her son and daughter-in-law at her bedside. She was born on Aug. 8, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Martha and Simon Erikson. Her parents were both born in Finland, and she was a loyal Finn, but America held her heart.

In 1936 she came to Vermont with her new husband, Wilbur, and their dog Baron. She loved Vermont with all its seasons, even winter.

Family said that “Nana,” as she was known, passionately loved her family and was especially proud to have grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to whom she was a sparkling example of Christianity in action. She had a strong faith in God and trust in people. As recently as this past Thanksgiving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered to Middlebury to get a dose of Nana’s love.

She was a beloved third-grade teacher for many years at Dorset Elementary School, where she started each day by gathering the children around or on her desk because she had concluded that it started each day off on a happy note.

She lived her last seven years in Middlebury with her son, Kenneth, and daughter-in-law, Joanne, including a brief stay at the Helen Porter Memory Unit.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth and his wife, Joanne, of Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur; her brother Glenn Erikson; and two daughters, Karen and Claire.

A memorial service will be held soon, call 802-388-3236 for details.

Donations may be made to Memories in the Making, an art/memory program at Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation, c/o Nancy Shadell, 115 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Robert Stanley Rule

VERGENNES — Robert Stanley Rule, 78, of Vergennes, died Monday Dec. 15, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born May 18, 1930, in Shoreham, the son of William and Daisy (Hayes) Rule. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked at BFGoodrich/Simmonds Precision for 29 years, retiring in 1993.

Family says he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, archery and playing his guitar. He especially enjoyed traveling with his wife Clara in their motor home for 13 years.

Robert is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Rule of Vergennes; two sons, Jerry Rule and wife Joyce of Panton, and John Rule of Proctor; five daughters, Sharon Whitney and husband George of Proctor, Sandy Jago and husband Charles of Addison, Terry Rublee and husband Bruce of South Starksboro, Stacy Bigelow and husband Blakley of Starksboro, and Penny Newton and husband Scott of Essex Junction; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be in the spring.


Anthony Dean Ringer

VERGENNES — Anthony Dean Ringer, 53, died of cancer on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, with his family by his side. He was born on March 18, 1955, in Burlington.

He attended Vergennes Union High School and Vermont Technical College. For the last 35 years, when he wasn’t fishing, he was a printed circuit board designer at Goodrich in Vergennes. According to his friends and family, Tony will be remembered as a fun loving, practical joker, who was always willing to lend a hand and tell you what he really thought.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Wendy Cushman Ringer; daughter Ashley Bungard and husband Damon of Burlington; son Jacob Ringer and friend Kristen Bissonette; three brothers, Frederick Ringer and Mike Ringer of Essex; and Patrick Ringer and his wife Patricia of Kendall Park, N.J.; two sisters, Mary Essex and husband David of Ferrisburgh; and Luanne Mailloux and husband Paul of Vergennes; mother-in-law Evelyn Cushman; five sisters-in-law, Pat Ganson of Vergennes; Carolyn Allen and husband John of Charlotte; Margaret Schelley and husband Gary of Montpelier; Elaine Carrol and husband Mathew of Mass.; and Frances Simpson and husband Charles of Waltham; three brothers-in-law, Lynn Cushman and wife Julie of Washington; Fred Cushman of New Haven; and Ken Cushman and wife Shayne of New Haven; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lucille (Patrie) Ringer and Frederick Charles Ringer; father-in-law Kenneth Cushman; and brother-in-law Wayne Ganson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.


Alice Quesnel

MIDDLEBURY — Alice Quesnel, 89, of Middlebury, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Vergennes, following a period of failing health.

Born May 8, 1919, in Crysler, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of Ferdinand and Alpheda (Levesque) Benoit.

Alice was a resident of Middlebury since 1944, moving here from Shoreham. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church of Middlebury. 

She is survived by two sons, Bernard Quesnel and wife Sandra of Middlebury and Louis Quesnel of Middlebury; two brothers, Donat Benoit of Orleans, Ontario, Canada and Roch Benoit of Montreal, Canada; four sisters, Therese Lacroix of Ottawa, Canada, Rita Corville of Embrum, Ontario, Bernadette Dagenais of South Barre and Lucienne Patneaude of Embrum, Ontario; three grandchildren, Deborah Spencer of North Reading, Mass., Susan Quesnel of Castleton and Andrew Quesnel of Medford, Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Travis Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Euclide Quesnel, who died Nov. 5, 1988.

There will be no public calling hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. William Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. A spring burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s School, c/o St. Mary’s Church, 326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice. 


Helen Ross Patterson

SHELBURNE — Helen Ross Patterson, 86, of Shelburne and Middlebury, previously of Wellesley and Brookline, Mass., died Nov. 28, 2008.

Born in Middlebury to Hannah Holmes and Jacob Ross, she lost both parents by age 13. She graduated from Northfield School 1939 and received a B.S. in chemistry from Radcliffe College in 1944. She met her husband, W. Bradford Patterson, at college. She completed her master’s in chemistry at Middlebury College.

After moving with her husband to the Boston area, she worked as research assistant while he attended medical school. She worked as a full-time community volunteer while raising four children.

She had a strong mind and dedicated her life to fighting discrimination against minorities and children. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Commission on Church and Race. She ran for state senate in 1968 but lost in a close race.

She lived in Rochester, N.Y., from 1970 to 1978, where she continued to work in child welfare. She returned to Boston when her husband joined the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Retiring to Middlebury in 1990, she volunteered for the Addison County Community Action Group and discovered a gift for writing poetry. In 2000, she moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne.

She hiked many miles on the Appalachian Trail and her family says she enjoyed canoeing, tennis, knitting, reading and baking wonderful pies. They say she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and was happiest during summers at Long Point on Lake Champlain.

 She is survived by her husband, W. Bradford Patterson, of Shelburne; two daughters, Rebecca Bruns and husband Gordon of Holland, Mich., and Linda Patterson of Williamstown, Mass.; son Stuart Patterson and wife Lisa, of Hingham, Mass.; daughter-in-law Janet Stafford of Shrewsbury, Mass.; many grandchildren; and a large extended family.

She was predeceased by her eldest son, William B. Patterson Jr. of Shrewsbury, who died March 31, 2008.

A memorial service will be held at Wake Robin in Shelburne on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club or Southern Poverty Law Center.


Ernest A. McGinn

MIDDLEBURY — Ernest A. McGinn, 93, a resident of Middlebury for the past four years and formerly of Brandon, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 at Porter Hospital.

Born in Alstead, N.Y., on Jan. 30, 1915, he was the son of the late George and Helen (Shandrow) McGinn.

A resident of North Oxford, Mass., for several years, he had previously farmed and worked in several factories.

He was married to Ella (Tatro) McGinn, who predeceased him.

Survivors include three nieces, Joan Palin and her husband Noel of Whiting, Norma Smith of Brandon, and Barbara Mescier and her husband Andre of Bridport; one nephew, Francis Bronson of Bridport; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the spring at Bridport Central Cemetery.


Pauline A. Hunt

DUXBURY, Mass. — Pauline A. Hunt, 79, a resident of Duxbury, Mass., and a former resident of Middlebury, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass., following a brief illness.

Born in Woodsville, N.H., Sept. 9, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Violet (Henderson) Weden.

Polly was a homemaker and had done secretarial work. She enjoyed knitting and once knit mittens for her daughter’s entire first-grade class. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and insuring everyone had plenty to eat.

She formerly attended the Middlebury Congregational Church.

Family members include one son, Mark F. Hunt and his wife Alicia of Duxbury, Mass.; two daughters, Gail H. Rathbun and her husband William of Shoreham and Sally J. Hunt of Boxborough, Mass.; four grandchildren, Heather Stafford of Bristol, Jeremy Rathbun of East Middlebury and Cullen Hunt and Keegan Hunt of Duxbury, Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Gwen and Abby Stafford of Bristol; and many nieces and nephews.

Pauline was predeceased by her husband, Ray F. Hunt, whom she married in 1951 in Littleton, N.H., and who died Jan. 16, 1995. A sister, Dorothy Judge, and a brother, Norman Weden, also predeceased her.

Friends may call Saturday, Dec. 20, from 2-3 p.m at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. Services will be conducted at the funeral home at 3 p.m. with Rev. David Andrews, officiating.

Spring burial will take place at Middlebury Cemetery.


Virginia Goodale

IVORYTON, Conn. — Virginia Goodale, 89, formerly of Middlebury, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.

She was the valedictorian of her graduating class in Deep River, Conn. She was a longtime member of the Ivoryton Congregational Church in Conn. She loved reading the Bible and other books, as well as watching birds and flowers and learning about them. Family says she was very witty and loved to joke around.

A loving wife and mother, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Harold and Pat Goodale, Cathy and Richard Hilt, Richard and Holly Goodale, and Amy and Scott Prevost; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leon Goodale, and two sons, John Goodale and Gerald Goodale.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 11 at the Ivoryton Congregational Church.


Gregory A. Codding

MIDDLEBURY — Gregory A. Codding, 81, of Middlebury, died on Dec. 13, 2008. He was born in St. Albans on Jan. 15, 1927, the son of Frederick and Alphegina (Houle) Codding.

Gregory graduated from Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans and was a two-year Navy veteran of World War II, having served on board the U.S.S. Amick (DE-168) in the South Pacific.

He worked 12 years as a bookkeeper, then manager, for the Wirthmore Feed Co. in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was also with the G.A.F. Corp. for 14 years as a sales representative covering Vermont and New Hampshire. He took early retirement in 1977 with an eyesight disability suffered in a fall.

With the guidance of his golf partners and friends in Vermont and Florida, he was able to continue his great love of golf, and was the envy of them all, having earned the honor of five holes-in-one during his lifetime. He was called “the Legend” by his fellow golfers. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club; a lifetime member of the American Legion, the VFW and the Masonic Lodge of Middlebury; a Shriner for 59 years with Cairo Temple of Rutland; and a member of the Ralph Mhyre Golf Club.

He married Rachel (Bourdon) on August 5, 1950, who survives him. Also surviving him are a sister, Madeline Howard of St. Albans, as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and several cousins. He also leaves six brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by his parents and his twin brothers, Roger and Richard.

A military and Shriner’s service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in West Cornwall in the spring. There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service or the Middlebury Volunteer Hospice Services in Gregory’s memory.

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

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