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John Martin Wallace

BOMOSEEN — John Martin Wallace, 64, longtime resident of Orwell, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, from complications resulting from his battle with cancer.

He was born at home in Castleton on Oct. 19, 1944, the son of John and Marjorie (Baker) Wallace. He graduated from the one-room schoolhouse in Hydesville.

He grew up on a farm and continued farming for several years after completing his schooling. He later worked as a handyman. For the last few years he was employed by the United States Census Bureau.

On November 4, 1968, he married Jane Beckwith in Fair Haven. Together they raised their four sons and daughter in Orwell.

He was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, gardener and storyteller. He brought entertainment and laughter to many gatherings with his lively tales. He was known and loved as a jack-of-all-trades. The “go-to guy,” he could do the job or find someone to do it for you. Family says his world revolved around his family.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, of Bomoseen; four sons, Chris and wife Lisa of Illinois; Glen and companion Barbara, of Comstock, N.Y.; H. Chauncy and fiancée, Meilee, of Burlington; Uriah and wife Melissa of Vershire; a daughter, Alenna and husband Caleb of Whitehall, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.

He was a member of the Whitehall, N.Y., congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed sharing his faith with others, telling them about the Bible’s promises and his hope for the future. His kind and helpful manner endeared him to many. He was always willing to assist others; his generous spirit was greatly appreciated.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Beckwith Road in Whitehall, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.


Carol C. Reeves

MIDDLEBURY — Carol C. Reeves, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation. 

Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.  at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, where a memorial service will take place at 2 p.m.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.


Edwin C. Nelson

CORNWALL — Edwin C. Nelson, 91, died Feb. 21, 2009, following a stroke, with his family by his side.

He lived in Schenectady, N.Y., where he worked for General Electric as a planning engineer for 45 years. He then lived in Florida briefly before moving to Cornwall 10 years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary Nelson; a son, James Nelson; a daughter, Kathy and her husband Paul of Cornwall; and four granddaughters.

His family says he will be remembered for his love of gardening, woodworking, summer vacations on the Maine coast, and mostly for his love of family, especially his granddaughters.

There will be no public service. The family will have a private service in the summer.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice.


Rita E. Lane

VERGENNES — Rita E. Lane, 78, of Vergennes, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of Frank and Erma (Warren) Mastine.

She is survived by three children, Donald Lane and wife Linda of Georgia, Vt., Sandra Lane of Kansas City, Mo., and Betty Hawkins and husband and Randy of Addison; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Milton “Bud” Lane, in 1986.

Services will be held privately in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495, or the American Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.


William Harris

SHOREHAM — William Harris, 83, of Shoreham, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington following a period of failing health.

Born Jan. 20, 1926, in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Sidney and May (Moskowitz) Harris.

He was a WW II veteran and taught classics at Middlebury College for 32 years prior to retirement.

He is survived by wife, Min Harris of Shoreham; and two sons, James Harris of Somerville, Mass., and John Harris of West Hartford, Conn.

Private funeral services will be conducted at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. Spring burial will be at the Middlebury Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Shoreham First Response, P.O. Box 202, Shoreham, VT 05770.


Barbara D. Dragon

MIDDLEBURY — Barbara D. Dragon, 88, died Saturday morning, Feb. 21, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Salisbury Sept. 28, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Nina (Rogers) Durant.

Barbara was a graduate of Middlebury High School, class of 1938.

She was employed at CVPS for 30 years, retiring in 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda D. Charron and her husband Dennis of East Middlebury and Sandra Stolarcyk and her husband Owen of East Middlebury; her four grandchildren, Stephen Stolarcyk, Sophia Stolarcyk, Michele Duncan and Joseph Charron; and her two great-grandchildren, Justin Butler and Stephanie Barrett.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence C. Dragon, who died in February 1981; her two brothers, Gordon and Earl Durant; and her three sisters, Hazel Bishop, Mabel Dutton and Helen Silvia.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services. She will be buried in Prospect Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Middlebury Methodist Church.


Robert E. Collins (Bob)

MIDDLEBURY — Robert E. Collins (Bob) passed Feb. 17, 2009, surrounded by his family at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington.

Bob was born Feb. 22, 1935, to Leora (Place) and Clossen Collins, who predeceased him. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Mary Lew Cassano, on June 9, 1956. Bob and Mary Lew shared 53 wonderful years of marriage together.

Bob graduated from Burlington High and the University of Vermont College of Agriculture where he excelled in baseball and football and was an active member of Delta Psi fraternity. He went on to a career helping farmers and conserving resources with the Soil Conservation Service of Addison County for 36 years and became known as “Mr. SCS.” He started his career as the youngest district conservationist in the state at 28 years old.

Bob served his country in the U.S. military, retiring after 20 years as a major in the army reserve. Bob was a true patriot and loved the country and the freedoms we enjoy and took frequent opportunities to give back to his community. Bob was a Middlebury village trustee, member of the American Legion, Middlebury Rotary, Masonic Lodge #2, and charter member of Middlebury Junior Chamber of Commerce. For 10 years Bob served as chairman of Middlebury Recreation Council, helping to raise funds to establish the present Middlebury Recreation Park. When he left the council the annual Bob Collins Recreation Award was set up in his honor. He was founder and first president of the Friends of Middlebury Hockey, which supports the community, Middlebury Youth Hockey and most directly the Memorial Sports Center. Both of his sons, his grandson and his granddaughters have directly benefited from his years of dedication to Middlebury hockey. He was also an avid dowser, finding electric lines, water wells, oftentimes deer and turkey for farmers and friends alike, turning many nonbelievers into believers with his incredible talent.

Bob leaves behind his loving wife Mary Lew; three children and their families, Jodi Collins of Weybridge and her children Chelsey Munson and fiancé David Giuliani and McKenzie and Nick Bruch; Doug Collins of Seattle, Wash., his wife Phyllis and his children Jason Collins, Jennifer Brittingham and husband Ben, great-granddaughters Madison and Ellison, and great-grandson Jaxon; Tim Collins and wife Kate of Morrisville and their baby, expected in early March. Bob also leaves his sister Nancy of Shelburne and loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bob’s life was held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury on Feb. 20.

In his memory contributions can be made to Friends of Middlebury Hockey, MSC Addition, P.O. Box 835, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Beatrice Elizabeth Booth

WATERFORD, Conn. — Beatrice Elizabeth Booth, 96, of New London, Conn., died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Bayview Healthcare Center in Waterford surrounded by her family.

She was born in Lincoln on May 9, 1912, the daughter of Victor and Maude Liberty Duclos. She was one of six children in the town of Lincoln, where her father was the village blacksmith.

She married Ralph Field Booth on Aug. 18, 1940, in Waltham. They lived in Vergennes, where they owned and operated the Pinegriff Restaurant for 15 years while raising their four sons. They relocated to New London after selling the restaurant.

She is survived by three sons, Ralph Booth Jr. and wife Sandra of Bristol, Courtney Booth and wife Barbara of Niantic, Conn., and Kevin Booth and wife Kathy of Waterford, Conn.; a brother, Ronan and wife Rose of Shelburne; a sister-in-law, Norma Duclos of Middlebury; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Geoffrey Booth; three brothers, Paris “Bill” Duclos, Stanton “Sam” Duclos and Norbert “Nub” Duclos; a sister, Thelma “Tootie” Sharrow; and a grandson.

A funeral service was held Feb. 25 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, CT 06360, or www.hospicesect.org.


Frances E. Adams

BRIDPORT — Frances E. Adams, 90, of Bridport, went to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Vergennes.

Born March 1, 1918, in Middlebury, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Alice (Baldwin) Remele. She grew up in Vergennes where she attended school and worked for many years.

On June 29, 1941, she married Paul R. Adams at St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes. They lived in Springfield and later moved to Middlebury, where they settled and raised their family. Frances was a person of great moral integrity and honesty. She was an outstanding athlete who excelled at swimming, tennis and ice skating. “Mom” was much beloved by her entire family. Fran loved to knit, sew, and crochet for her family but spending time with them was the most important activity. She was the best of mothers and will be dearly missed.

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

Family members include her husband of 67 years. She raised four sons, Ronald Adams of Middlebury, Michael Adams and his wife Marcia of Middlebury, Joseph Adams and his wife Laura of Salisbury, and John Adams of Hinesburg; and four daughters, Louise Carl and her husband Winston of Bridport, Paula Warner and her husband Gary of Charlotte, Patricia Perkins of Middlebury, and Susan Roberts and her husband David of Middlebury. Other family members include one sister, Marion LeBeau of Vergennes, 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Mary’s Church, 326 College St., Middlebury, with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

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