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Wendell C. “Bud” Wimett

MIDDLEBURY — Wendell C. “Bud” Wimett, 71, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Salisbury, the son of Forrest and Helen (Whitney) Wimett. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1955. Following three years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy, he attended Bentley College in Boston, Mass. He worked at Betourney’s Market in East Middlebury prior to starting a career at Polymers Plastics and later moving to Simmonds Precision, retiring in 2002.

He was a charter member of the Bristol Rescue Squad. An avid sports enthusiast, he played and umpired in numerous softball leagues in Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes. Family says he was a caring and giving soul, spending countless hours visiting and sharing his many stories with friends, relatives and acquaintances in need, at local hospitals and nursing homes. They will long remember his selfless ability to sooth the suffering and lift the spirits of the many people he touched.

He is survived by two sons, David Wimett and his wife Beth of Brandon and Brian Wimett and his fiancée Jamee Thompson of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Wendy Andrews and her husband Mike of Rochester and Stacey Fillion and her husband Steven of West Addison; two sisters, Beverly McCoy and her husband Billy of Bennington and Ann Pomainville of Middlebury; a brother, John Wimett and his wife Diane of Lewis, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his dearest friends, William Newton and Carolyn Pallescki of Salisbury and Jeanne Craig-Horsfield of Pennsylvania.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 21 at the Brandon Congregational Church. A private graveside committal service and burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Holman Cemetery in Salisbury.

In lieu of flowers his family requests that a donation of time to a friend or neighbor in need be performed to honor his legacy. The family would like to thank Dr. William Porter for his care and support.


John VanderTuin

MIDDLEBURY — John VanderTuin, 89, of Middlebury, died peacefully at home on Jan. 18, 2009.

He is survived by his wife Claire of Middlebury; three daughters, Bonnie Fairbanks and husband Bob of Worcester, Barbara Stahle and husband Ron of Brandon, and Sara Davis and husband Terry of Reno, Nev.; two sons, Peter VanderTuin and partner Martha Straus of Brattleboro and Jan VanderTuin of Eugene, Ore.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A family celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.


Rudolph “Rudy” Rotax

MONKTON — Rudolph “Rudy” Rotax, 89, of Monkton, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.

He was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Monkton, the son of Frederick and Bessie (Stillson) Rotax.

He is survived by a son, Frederick Rotax of Monkton; two daughters, Marian and LuAnne of Monkton; two brothers, Paul Rotax of Lincoln and Wilhelm Rotax of New Haven; two grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Kit Quada.

In accord with his wishes, there will be no funeral services.


Donald Neil Rideout

BRANDON — Donald Neil Rideout passed away at Haven Healthcare in Rutland Jan. 16, 2009.

He was born July 3, 1932, in Portland, Maine, the only child of Donald and Doris (McPhee) Rideout. He was predeceased by an infant son, Brett Hanson Rideout in 1960, his first wife Faith Rideout in 1979, his father Don in 1981, his mother Doris in 2006 and his beloved childhood dog, Taps.

He is survived by his son Scott and wife Laura and his daughter Beth and husband Bernie, all of Brandon; son Todd and wife Suzanne of Sanford, Maine; granddaughter Caitlin Carr and her partner Maria Luisa Verduzco of Ciudad Constitucion, Baja California, Mexico; grandsons William Rideout and Benjamin Rideout of Sanford; stepdaughter Heidi Johnson Hammel, her husband Dave and sons Zachary and Jake of Annapolis, Md.; stepson Eric Johnson and his companion Andriana Marino of San Francisco, Calif.; Joan Smith of Rockland, Maine; cousins Dave Dyer of Bradenton, Fla., and Phil Rackley of Lincoln, N.H.; and the two Gingers.

He attended schools in Portland, graduating from Deering High School in 1950. He went on to attend the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1954 with a bachelor of science degree in zoology. He married Faith Carol Hanson on June 18, 1955. He joined the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of captain, serving in Fort Benning, Ga., Bamburg, Germany, and Arlington, Mass., where he taught ROTC at Harvard University.

In 1965 he was honorably discharged from the Army and moved his family to Brandon, where he taught science at Otter Valley Union High School. While there, he coached soccer and cross-country skiing and founded the outing and ecology clubs. He married Joan Smith Johnson in 1978. In 1986 he took a leave of absence from Otter Valley to fulfill his lifelong dreams of traveling to Africa and joining the Peace Corps. He taught science in Gabon and Kenya, where he was affectionately known as Mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili). He returned to teaching at Otter Valley in 1989, and continued until his retirement in 1996.

He led a varied and interesting life, from biking in Eastern Europe to fishing in Alaska with Scott and Laura, and teaching in Africa. He biked with Scott and Todd in Nova Scotia, took Caitlin on a five-week adventure in Kenya, camped with Will and Ben at Santa’s Village, hiked, skied, golfed and played racquetball with so many of his family and friends. He ran Y Country Camps in the summer with Joan, Todd, Heidi and Eric, and passed on his love of reading, cribbage, the Red Sox, biking, skiing and ice cream to all his kids and grandkids. Every visit at Haven Healthcare would include ice cream and malted milk balls, “smuggled” in by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Brandon Congregational Church at 1 p.m. Deacon Gary Griffin will officiate.

A reception will be held at the Brandon Inn after the service.

Burial will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brandon.

To acknowledge Neil’s great love of books, donations may be made to the Brandon Free Public Library, 4 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.


Lucienne Eva Maheu

MIDDLEBURY — Lucienne Eva Maheu, 97, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 20, 2009, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center with her loving family by her side. 

Born June 23, 1911, in Casselman, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Delvina (Huneault) Quesnel. She moved to Vermont when she was 17 years old. She and her husband Ernest owned and operated the F.C. Dyer Co. Inc. general store in West Salisbury until 1962. She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Project Independence was a very important part of her life for the last two years. Her family says she loved and appreciated all the staff there.

An accomplished seamstress, she made all her own clothes as a young girl. For many years, she upholstered furniture and made beautiful slipcovers for many people in the area. Her talent was well known and clients came from many New England states as well as New York City. She loved quilting and was one of the quilters who worked on the Bicentennial quilt in 1991 which hangs in the Salisbury Town Hall. Family says she loved gardening and was especially fond and proud of her roses. She was a wonderful cook and always welcomed family and friends into her home.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Dalton and husband John of Middlebury and Joan Johnson and husband Ronald of Trumbull, Conn.; two sons, Duane Maheu and wife Tana of Houlton, Maine, and Bruce of Salisbury; and a sister, Laurette Cooke of Crown Point, N.Y. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Ernest in 1989; two brothers, Aurele Quesnel and Alphonse Quesnel; and three sisters, Jeanne Charron, Simone Duclos and Yvette Paquette.

A memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, at noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury with the Rev. William R. Beaudin as celebrant. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753. Online condolences may be sent to www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Edsel E. “Pops” Lowell Sr.

BRANDON — Edsel E. “Pops” Lowell Sr., 60, died at his home in Brandon Jan. 14, 2009.

He was born Nov. 28, 1948, in Leicester, the son of Edward E. and Susan (Aines) Lowell Sr. He graduated from Otter Valley Union High School and later received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Johnson State College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart medal. On July 7, 1972, he married Deborah J. Prescott at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Forestdale. He lived in Brandon until 1974 when he began his lifelong career working for the U.S. Postal Service.

He worked for many years in White River Junction and later became the postmaster in Pittsfield, Mass., Brandon and Rutland, from where he retired in 2004. In his earlier years in Brandon he was a deputy game warden and special officer for the Brandon Police Department. He also served as a town selectman.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon and the Brandon American Legion Post 55, where he was a past commander.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and playing Texas hold ‘em.

His special companion was his Newfoundland, Bubba.

He is survived by a son, Edsel E. Lowell Jr. and his wife Pam of Brandon, and a daughter, Kelly Lowell and her fiancé Matthew Markowski of Brandon.

He was predeceased by his wife, Deborah J. Lowell in 1999, his father Edward Lowell in 1997, his mother Susan Lowell in 2007 and his brother Edward E. Lowell Jr. in 1991.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Brandon. Graveside committal services and interment with military honors will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon, at a late date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division for Breast Cancer Research, 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602, or the Community Cancer Clinic at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701.


Joseph Minott Kerr

FERRISBURGH — Joseph Minott Kerr, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his lakeside home in Ferrisburgh on Nov. 26, 2008, after a 10-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in New York City on June 24, 1929, to John and Margaret Minott Kerr, he was raised in St. James, Long Island, N.Y., and attended Emerson School and Exeter Academy. He received a degree in business administration from Northwestern University. During the Korean War he taught Arctic survival to aircraft pilots and crews in California’s High Sierras for the U.S. Air Force.

His career ranged from dealing with Longshoremen in labor negotiations for General Foods in Hoboken, N.J., to working as a consultant with New York City’s Booze Allen Hamilton until 1965.

In the mid-1960s he and his wife Mary and three sons moved from Mendham, N.J., to Fayston, Vt., seeking a rural lifestyle closer to nature.

His love of and work in Vermont were highlighted by three years in the Gov. Deane C. Davis administration. As the state’s secretary of civil and military affairs he assisted in writing landmark legislation that resulted in helping to preserve Vermont in its highly pristine state. Among these efforts were Act 250, a billboard ban and a bottle-deposit requirement. He also served as commissioner of employment security during Gov. Richard Snelling’s administration before returning to the private sector in 1980.

Between administrations he organized the original Vermont Community Foundation under the auspices of the McConnell/Clark Foundation that also took him to Quebec’s Eastern Shore to work with local native tribes.

He retired from B.F. Goodrich of Vergennes in 1998 after 18 years as an executive with the human resources and training departments. He was an active liaison with local community projects for Goodrich. He served as Addison County United Way president and chairman of the Bixby Library board of trustees. Family says he was particularly proud of working with architect Martin Tierney to restore the Bixby building, including the magnificent stained-glass atrium. He also served on the Elderly Services board in Middlebury.

He and his wife Mary traveled all over the world from their home on Lake Champlain to Washington state’s San Juans, the Chesapeake Bay, the Virgin Islands and the coast of Turkey for sailing; and to ski in the French, Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps. A member of the Amateur Ski Club of New York, he was an original investor in Fayston’s Glen Ellen. He served as a board member during the fledgling ski area’s growing pains from 1962 to 1967.

He was active in the Mad River Valley’s Boy Scouts, an organizer of the Valley Junior Racing Club and Ski Education Foundation and a founder of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Mission in Waitsfield. After moving to their Ferrisburgh home in 1990, Joe served on the mission committee of the Vergennes Congregational Church and as a volunteer for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

He is survived by his wife Mary, whom he married on April 2, 1955, in East Hampton, N.Y. He is also survived by three sons, J. Minott Kerr of Portland, Ore., Gibson B. Kerr and his wife Diane of Springfield, Va., and Geoffrey G. Kerr of Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, John Kerr of Hightstown, N.J.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth, in July 2008.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. at the Vergennes Congregational Church, with a reception immediately following at the Bixby Memorial Library.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bixby Library, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Vergennes Food Shelf or the Heat Assistance Program.


Marion Adline Grace

BRATTLEBORO — Marion Adline Grace, 90, formerly of Chester, died early Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 2009, at the Thompson House Nursing Home, where she has resided since March 2006.

She was born on the family farm on Sept. 14, 1918, the oldest child of Philip and Annette (Sharrow) Cyr, in New Haven. She attended Beeman Academy and graduated in 1938.

She was married to Leonard Grace on March 21, 1940, at the Methodist Church in Middlebury. She was employed as a cook for 28 years at the Chester-Andover Elementary School, serving about 225 children and staff lunches daily throughout the school year. She and her husband were very active in their church (First Baptist Church of Chester), with her cooking for the many suppers, bazaars, food sales, etc. She was well known for her baking: dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, breads, pies and doughnuts, to name a few.

She is survived by a son, Phillip Grace and wife Jane of Addison; two daughters, Elaine Ranney and husband Charles of East Dummerston and Carol Faas and husband Jim of Jamaica; two sisters: Illean Fortin of Addison House in Middlebury and Helen (Francis) Dupoise of New Haven, currently wintering in Florida; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Leonard in 1994 and two brothers, Wilbur and Louis, whose widows live in Middlebury and South Burlington, respectively.

Private calling hours will be at the convenience of the family. Funeral services and burial will be in the spring at the family’s hometown church, the First Baptist Church of Chester, at a date and time to be announced by the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson House Activities Fund, c/o Sandra Ware, 80 Maple St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, or to the First Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Thomas Charlton, Main Street, Chester, VT 05143.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through the funeral home at www.atamaniuk.com.


Barbara Mary (Oakland) Connor

BRIDPORT — Barbara Mary (Oakland) Connor, 85, of Bridport died Jan. 17, 2009.

She was born Dec. 28, 1923, and married Leo Jerome Connor on April 15, 1944.

She is survived by her husband Leo and by her twelve children, Leo “Jerry” Connor Jr., and his wife Cheryl of Bridport, William Connor and his wife Linda of Bridport, Michael Connor and his wife Linda of Shoreham, Paul Connor and his wife Marion of Bridport, Christopher Connor of Bridport, Peter Connor and his wife Tiama of Hartford, N.Y., Jonathan Connor and his wife Maryann of Addison, Linda Connor and her husband Dave Heitkamp of Orwell, Mary Connor and her husband Stanton Pratt of Middlebury, Barbara Connor and her husband James Caldwell of Chesterfield, Mo., Elizabeth Connor of Bridport, and Caroline Connor and her husband John Martone, of Glen Cove, N.Y. She is also survived by her brother, William Oakland of Cape Coral, Fla., 51 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Joseph Connor; and a granddaughter.

Her family says she will be remembered always for her kind and gentle spirit and the love and affection she showered on her family each and every day of her life.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Waverly J. Carl

BRIDPORT — Waverly J. Carl, 68, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his family.

Born Nov. 18, 1940, on the family farm in Bridport, he was the son of the late Avery E. and Mercedes H. (Roberts) Carl.

A 1959 graduate of Middlebury High School, he spent his entire life working on the family dairy farm, retiring in 1991 due to failing health.

He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by a brother, Winston A. Carl and his wife Louise of Bridport; four sisters, Marlene Shackett and her husband William of Burlington, Yvonne Many and her husband Raymond of Middlebury, Donna Bushey and her husband Ralph of New Haven and Sharon Blackwell of Tarrytown, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery Middlebury.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School, 86 Shannon St., Middlebury VT 05753.

The family wishes to thank all those we took care of him at Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation.

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

 

 

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