Kolona O. “Kony” (Corliss) Zeno
BRISTOL, Vt./FRANKLIN, Va. — Kolona O. “Kony” (Corliss) Zeno, 76, of Franklin, Va., died Nov. 30, 2008, in her sleep. Her husband, Howard R. Zeno, 77, also of Franklin, died four days later on Dec. 4, 2008, also in his sleep.
She was born June 17, 1932, in Bristol, the daughter of Jesse B. and Ollie B. (Brown) Corliss. He was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Lincoln, the son of Fletcher and Rosalie (Stearns) Zeno.
They lived in Vermont until 1980 when they moved to Virginia, where they lived until their deaths. According to family, they loved traveling, dancing, snowmobiling, taking Sunday drives and stopping in on relatives, and playing dominoes with friends, and they were devoted to their church. They were married 58 years.
They are survived by three daughters, Vanetta (Vicky) Darby and husband Keith of North Hero, Valerie Zeno of Salem, Ore., and Wendy Roten of Franklin, Va.; one son, Christopher Zeno of Virginia; 14 grandchildren and their spouses; and 19 great-grandchildren. Also, on his side, two brothers, Kenneth Zeno and wife Gwenyth of Lincoln and Fordyce Zeno of Lincoln; and a sister, Florence (Flossy) Kirby and husband John. Also, on her side, one sister, Delores Howe and husband Bill of Hinesburg; three brothers, Elwin Corliss and wife Cherrill of Oregon, Edward Corliss and wife Kit of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and Delwyn Corliss and wife Beverly of Gainesville, N.Y.; a cousin, Melba Yish of Centerville, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
They were predeceased by their parents; an infant daughter, Pamela Kay; an infant son, Little Howard; and a great-granddaughter. The family would like to say a special thank you to their son-in-law, Jim Roten, for the kindness and care he has shown the couple over the past year-and-a-half.
A memorial service was held in Franklin, where they have resided for 28 years, at the Sedley Baptist Church. They will be interred in Vermont. Graveside services will be held in the spring in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol at a date to be announced.
Contributions in their memory may be made to CareNet, 56 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, or http://www.carenet
burlington.org/; to the American Heart Association at http://www.americanheart.org; or to His Church Vermont, 1358 Blockhouse Point, North Hero, VT 05474, to promote a Bible college.
Patrick Henry Liberty
CORRECTION — An obituary in the Jan. 8 edition of the Independent for Patrick Henry Liberty, 78, of Westford, who died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, neglected to mention two of Mr. Liberty’s grandchildren. He was survived by grandson William Liberty of Winooski and granddaughter Christine Liberty of Fair Haven. We regret the error.
Daniel Winn Humphrey
MIDDLEBURY/WEYBRIDGE — Daniel Winn Humphrey, 26, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, surrounded by loved ones.
Dan was born Nov. 26, 1982, in Middlebury, the son of Susan and Gregg Humphrey. He attended Weybridge Elementary School and Middlebury Union High School and graduated from Willamette University in Oregon.
Dan worked for many winters as a snowboard instructor at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl; he also worked at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op and Weybridge Elementary School. He also taught piano and saxophone to students locally.
About two years ago Dan developed a very rare form of cancer. He tried so hard to stay alive and to relish this gift of life. In July, he married his true love, Natalie Guarin, and in December they went on their honeymoon to St. John.
Dan loved the simple things in life, and he especially loved music. He will be remembered for his indomitable spirit, for being a kind, gentle and caring man who loved to bike, snowboard and play music.
He is survived by his wife Natalie, his parents Susan and Gregg, his brother Andy, his sister-in-law Megan, his nephew Drew and his niece Phoebe, as well as many other dear friends and relatives.
We thank the community for their extraordinary support.
Dan, you opened wide our hearts. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a special music fund will be established in Dan’s honor.
Norbert “Nub” Duclos
MIDDLEBURY — Norbert “Nub” Duclos came to rest peacefully on Jan. 9, 2009.
He was born June 18, 1921, in Lincoln, the son of the late Victor and Maude (Liberty) Duclos. After completing his education at Lincoln Elementary School and Bristol High School, Sgt. Duclos served his country during WWII as a soldier in the U. S. Army 8th Armored Division. His name is listed honorably on the WWII veterans’ memorials in Washington, D.C., and at Veterans Park in Bristol.
Being born the son of a blacksmith, Nub’s exceptional talent for working with metal came to him naturally. One of his favorite pastimes was fashioning anything imaginable from old barn door hinges and horseshoes. His occupations ranged from auto mechanic, truck and heavy equipment operator, professional welder and finally maintenance technician for the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, from which he retired after 17 years.
Nub was a life member of the Middlebury Fire Department after serving for 63 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, American Legion Post 49 and V.F.W. Post 7823, and he was a proud and upstanding board member of the Mahogany Ridge Club.
Nub loved anything outdoors. He was an avid and successful hunter, fisherman and racing fan. He enjoyed camping and snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends.
Nub is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma of Middlebury; his son, John Duclos and wife Joyce and their children, Kristi Lafayette, Kasey Trujillo, Jesse LaFayette and Karly LaFayette; his daughter, Amy Quesnel and her husband Lorenzo and their children Kylie, Kristin and Jed Quesnel, all of Shoreham. Also special to Nub was Joe Ekroos and his wife Beth. Nub also leaves his sister, Beatrice Booth of New London, Conn.; his brother, Ronan Duclos of Shelburne; one brother-in-law; several sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many close friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Paris “Bill” Duclos and Stanton “Sam” Duclos, and his sister, Thelma Sharrow.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury, with the Rev. William Beaudin as Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Battell Hose Co., care of Middlebury Fire Department, Seymour Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.