Leonard E. “Sonny” Stearns
FERRISBURGH — Leonard E. “Sonny” Stearns, 67, died at home during the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 2009, following a long period of declining health. He was surrounded by his wife and family.
He was born in Charlotte on May 18, 1941, the son of Elwin and Lucy Ryder Stearns.
Raised on the south side of Mount Philo, on a prosperous dairy farm, he graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1959. A friendly man, he was known as “Sonny” his whole lifetime. Always a businessman and farmer, he dealt in farms large and small, cattle, machinery and real estate. An auction fan, he was known throughout the area as a man whose word was his bond, and whose handshake was as binding as the best legal contract. A keen mind, his CB handle was “Calculator.” To those that who knew him, he could be depended upon to extend a helping hand without being asked.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen McNulla Stearns; a daughter, Deborah, two sons, Rick and Robert and wife Michelle; two brothers, Charles and Rodney and wife Donna; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Bixby Memorial Library, Attn. Rachael Plant, 258 Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Mary Miller Maheu
FORESTDALE — Mary Miller Maheu, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born in DekelaSelo, Yugoslavia, on March 27, 1915, the daughter of Peter and Maria (Gratisz) Miller. She immigrated to America with her family in 1921, coming through Ellis Island. The family moved to Michigan.
She came to Brandon with her husband in the early 1960s. Together they owned and operated Brandon Electronics on Center Street in Brandon for many years. Family says she was an avid reader, enjoyed word games and scrabble and loved her flower gardens.
She is survived by a son, Thomas Maheu of Meridian, Miss.; a daughter, Jo-Ann Cobb of Brandon; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and numerous care providers.
She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Maheu.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Sherrie Mary Danylieko
ORWELL — Sherrie Mary Danylieko, 34, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at her home in Orwell.
She was born in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 16, 1974, the daughter of Henry and Claire (Rose) Albis. She was graduated from Hudson (N.Y.) High School in 1992.
She had been a resident of Orwell since 2004, having moved here from Adams, Mass. While in Adams, she worked as a nurse’s aide at various area nursing homes. She worked with the visiting nurses in North Adams, Mass., from 1999 until 2001. After moving to Vermont she worked at Stonewood Farms in Orwell. She later began a job for Aris Home Health out of White River Junction as a home health-care worker.
She is survived by her husband, Wilfred Danylieko III of Orwell; a son, Daniel Ridley of Pittsfield, Mass.; three daughters, Latasha Ridley of Pittsfield, Mass., and Wendeline Danylieko and Gina Danylieko, both of Orwell; a brother, Francis Albis of Pittsfield, Mass.; her father, Henry Albis of Danbury, Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother, Claire Robinson.
A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Orwell First Response Squad, Orwell, VT 05760.
Herbert Edwin Clark Jr.
SUDBURY — Herbert Edwin Clark Jr., 71, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at his home in Sudbury.
He was born in Brandon on Jan. 11, 1938, the son of Herbert and Ethel (Palmer) Clark Sr. He received his early education in Sudbury schools and attended Brandon High School.
In earlier years he worked on the family farm. From 1957 until 1963 he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He later worked at Dutton’s Sawmill in Brandon and later at Vermont Marble Company’s West Rutland Quarry. He was also a woodsman, cutting cedar posts and logging. He opened Clark’s Sawmill in Brandon in 1972. He continued dairy farming as well, and just recently retired to due illness. He was a past member of St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge No. 25 in Brandon.
He is survived by his wife and companion Ruthie Nichols of Sudbury; two sons, Greg Clark and Scott Clark, both of Brandon; a daughter, Judy Pomainville of Pittsford; two brothers, Robert Clark of Bridport and Gilbert Clark of Proctor; two sisters, Rebecca Adams of Brandon and Eva Torres of Puerto Rico; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz will be the celebrant. A private burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Monday, Jan. 26, from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.