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Bernadette (Bedette) Laberge Viens

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Bernadette (Bedette) Laberge Viens, 56, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 28, 2009, with her family and friends by her side. She was born July 24, 1952, and raised in Charlotte, the daughter of Reina Laberge and the late Leo Laberge. She married William Viens Feb. 14, 1976.

Bernadette was office manager for G. Stone Motors in Middlebury for more than 20 years. She loved to read and do crossword puzzles but family was her first priority, especially her daughter Jacqui. Most importantly, she was always there for anyone who needed her.

She is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn, and her mother, Reina (Aube) Laberge, both of South Burlington; sisters Renette Procopio of Barre, Leona LaBerge of South Burlington, Geralyn (Lynne) Croto and her husband Tom of South Burlington, Viv LaBerge and her husband Timothy Abbott of Canaan, Conn., and Julie Lusignan and her husband Kevin of Milton.

She is also survived by her brothers, Leo LaBerge of Charlotte, Gerard LaBerge and his wife Beth of Cabot, Donald LaBerge and his wife Julie of Montgomery Center, and Marcel LaBerge of Burlington; and many special nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Leo Laberge, in 1985 and her beloved brother, Roland, in 1991. Special thanks to the team of the ICU at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, especially Carol and Jackie, and Dr. Darryl Arnold, organ procurement coordinator, transplant department.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests, because of her special love of children, donations be made in her memory to the Fletcher Allen Children’s Hospital, Stern Center for Language and Learning, 135 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or the American Heart Association Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 4, in St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington.  Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.


Linda Sherman

MONKTON — Linda Sherman of Monkton passed away suddenly on Feb. 26, 2009. Born Sept. 16, 1936, in Punxsutawney, Penn., the daughter of the late Alexander and Virginia Shema, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul Sherman; a daughter, Deborah Sherman of Monkton; a son, Eric Sherman of Granville, N.Y.; her sister-in-law, Rosellen Potter of Acworth, Ga.; nieces and nephews Vic and Tory Werne, Karen Potter and Kip Potter; as well as her longtime friends in New York and Georgia. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Kenneth Potter.

Linda graduated from Granville (N.Y.) High School in 1954 and attended Keuka College in New York state for two years, participating in a work-study program in London, England, during the summer of 1955, with side trips to several European countries. She married Paul Sherman in 1958 and settled in Hudson Falls, N.Y.

A mom and a homemaker, she was also an antique dealer and collector and was well known for her expertise in early American glassware. She continued with this interest after moving to Canton, Ga., in 1990. She and Paul loved attending flea markets, county fairs, historical sites and outdoor events throughout the northern and southern states.

She and Paul moved to Vermont in 2002, where she more recently enjoyed annual outings to the Vermont Mozart Festival. Linda loved animals and they loved her. A dog owner for much of her life, she also enjoyed visiting the animals at the county fairs and was a member and frequent visitor of Zoo Atlanta. Another of Linda’s favorite pastimes was baking, and she is famous among friends and family for the hundreds of dozens of cookies she has bestowed upon them throughout the years. She also enjoyed entering her baked beans and baked goods at the Addison County Fair & Field Days.

Linda’s playful spirit was well apparent in her love for decorating her home for every holiday, special occasions or any occasion at all. Linda will be remembered for her spunky spirit, good humor and wit even through decades of living with the many complications of diabetes. Memories of her generous nature and beautiful smile will be in the hearts of many.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. and a memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. at Sanderson Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Alice “Gail” Reed

BRANDON — Alice “Gail” Reed, 73, died Monday evening, March 2, 2009, at her home in Brandon.

She was born in Flushing, N.Y., on Sept. 30, 1935, the daughter of Dr. Arthur J. and Alice (Slater) Dick.

She received her early education in Flushing, N.Y., schools and graduated from Brandon High School in 1953, after moving to Vermont in her senior year. She continued her education at the University of Vermont where she was an active member of Tri Delta Sorority. Dance, encouraged by her mother, was a passion of her youth and she made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of three.

On June 16, 1956, she married Donald Smith Reed in Brandon. His naval career took them to Rhode Island, New York and California and finally back to Brandon, where they made their home. He died June 13, 1991.

She worked as a medical billing clerk for her father, Dr. Arthur Dick and her brother, Dr. John Dick. She spent many years as a card designer for Crockett Card Company and as a local artisan. She also worked in the local schools as a substitute art teacher and volunteer.

She was an enthusiastic member of her community, being active in the garden club, Monday Club, Brandon Historical Society and in many volunteer organizations. Her family says she enjoyed the arts, her garden, reading, sailing and spending as much time as possible on her beloved Lake Dunmore. But most of all, she enjoyed her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Donald M. Reed and his wife Sue of Jeffersonville; her daughters, Alison Palmer of Brandon, Elizabeth Terwilliger of Biddeford, Maine, and Margaret G. Reimers and her husband Gary of San Francisco, Calif.; her brothers, John Dick and his wife Kathy of Salisbury and William “Bill” Dick and his wife Kathie of Brandon; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of her life to be held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Brandon Inn in Brandon, followed by continued fellowship and remembrance until 4 p.m.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to the Brandon Free Public Library, 2 Franklin Street, Brandon, VT 05733, or the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Jane Coburn McEvilla

AMITYVILLE, N.Y./VERG-ENNES — Jane Coburn McEvilla passed away peacefully at her home in Vergennes on Feb. 26, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Amityville, N.Y., on Dec. 26, 1942. She attended St. Martin of Tours School and Park Avenue schools. She graduated from Queen of the Rosary High School in 1961. She was a member of the Amityville High School summer band and an adopted member of the Amityville High School sorority, Delta Phi Sigma.

Jane worked for many years for IBM, retiring in 1993. She was a member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Church of Vergennes and the American Legion Post 14 Auxiliary. She was founding member of the local Red Hat Society chapter, “The Lollipops.” Jane enjoyed sharing her creativity through her painted glassware.

She is survived by her husband James McEvilla of Vergennes; her siblings, Roe Coburn of Frankfurt, Germany, Tom Coburn and his wife Jackie of Shelburne, and Carol Coburn of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her daughters, Dianne Zirk and fiancé Dave Quattrocci of Ferrisburgh, Tricia LaFountain of Vergennes, and Tara Burgess and her husband Lukas of Bristol; her stepchildren, Gary McEvilla of Florida, Janthoni Chase and her husband Craig of Vergennes, Jodi Barrows and her husband Steve of Moriah, N.Y., Jayne Airoldi and her husband Dan of Essex, and Greg McEvilla and his wife Amy of Port Henry, N.Y.

The children who knew her as Grammie Jane will miss her. They are: Heather, Sara, Matthew, Daniel, Josh, Luke, Elisabeth, Betsey, Lynsey, Amy, Christopher, John, James, Elizabeth, Amanda, Nathan, Justin, Emily, Miles and Nora.  She also is survived by six great-grandchildren.

Her family and friends will truly miss her fun-loving personality and her unique gift of finding joy in all she did. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or 388-7259.


Wayne H. Heywood

ST. JOHNSBURY — Wayne H. Heywood, 79, of St. Johnsbury, died Tuesday morning, March 3, 2009, at home with his family by his side.

He was born April 5, 1929, in Woodsville, N.H., the son of Samuel W. and Ila R. (Joslin) Heywood. In 1947 he graduated from Woodsville High School.

Wayne then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving his country until 1950. On July 1, 1951, he married Della Nelson. They moved to St. Johnsbury, where he worked for the St. J & L.C. Railroad for 11 years. He then worked 22 years for the CP Railroad as a brakeman and clerk. Following his retirement from the railroad he worked for E.H.V. Weidmann in St. Johnsbury for 10 years.

He was a life member of the VFW Post 793 of St. Johnsbury. Family says he loved golfing and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping with his family, walking, playing cards, feeding and watching birds and other wildlife, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two sons and their wives, Kerry and Terri Heywood of Warwick, R.I., and Myron and Jeannie Heywood of St. Johnsbury; a daughter, Linda Brown and husband Richard of Orwell; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Ora Pike and her husband Merton of Stowe; a sister-in-law, Hazel Joslin of Pike, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Della Heywood, on Jan. 17, 2004; a brother, Bernard Joslin; and a sister, Edna Blood, on Feb. 2, 2009.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society, 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.


Ralph Coleman Hatstat

BRISTOL — Ralph Coleman Hatstat, 75, formerly of New Haven, died Monday, March 2, 2009, at his home in Bristol.

He was born June 5, 1933, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Ralph C. and Hazel E. (Bond) Hatstat Sr.

He attended elementary schools in Hubbardston and Jefferson, Mass., and Holden High School in Holden, Mass. He attended the University of Maine at Orono.

He married Mary Lu Page on Feb. 21, 1953.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed at Morgan Construction and Arnold Greene in Massachusetts and after moving to Vermont was employed at Simmonds Precision, Drake Smith, Shea Motors and the Vermont Fish and Game Department, and was a lieutenant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lu (Page) Hatstat of Bristol; four daughters, Susan Mackin of Colchester, Nancy LaPierre of Chicopee, Mass., Sally May and husband David of Jeffersonville, and Rebecca Gibbs and husband Kevin of Bristol; and six grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, followed by a reception at New Haven Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury, VT 05677.


Barbara Evans Handte

RENO, Nev./VERGENNES — Barbara Evans Handte, 77, of Reno, Nev., and formerly of Vergennes, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at her home in Reno after a short illness. She was born July 29, 1931, in Bellows Falls, the daughter of George and Dorothy Evans. She graduated from Vergennes High School and the DeGoesbriand School of Nursing where she received her RN nursing degree. Barbara worked in Brooklyn, N.Y., at Fort Hamilton Veterans Hospital.

She married John Handte of Brooklyn in 1958. They moved back to Vermont and Barbara worked as a critical care nurse at the Mary Fletcher Hospital until moving to Reno in 1974. She was a critical care nurse at Washoe Medical Center and Northern Nevada Medical Center until her retirement.

Barbara is survived by her loving sister, Joan Quesnel of Vergennes; her nieces, Stacy Paquin and her children Ryan and Kaelin of Panton, and Sasha Bradford and her children, Dustin, Dylan and Kyra of Vergennes; an aunt, Dorothy Bodette of Vergennes; special friends, Pat and Gerry Wager of Addison; several cousins in Reno and Vergennes; and a son and granddaughter.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, John.

Barb loved skiing, was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her yard, as she landscaped it all herself.

A memorial service for Barb will be held in May in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Addison County Home Health, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or a book in her memory may be donated to the Bixby Library in Vergennes.


Donald Francis Xavier Frey

BRISTOL/BAREFOOT BAY, Fla. — Donald Francis Xavier Frey, 82, of Bristol and Barefoot Bay, Fla., died Friday, Feb 27, 2009.

He was born on July 22, 1926, in New Orleans, La., the son of Edna Rose (Reilly) and August W. Frey.

He attended middle school in St. Louis, Mo., and Chaminade High School in Long Island, N.Y. He graduated with a business degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. He spent two years in the U.S. Navy.

In 1952 he married Dorothy Ann Johnson.

He spent many years as a Woolworth’s store manager in New Jersey and in 1976 moved his family to Bristol, where he owned and operated the Ben Franklin store. Family says he loved everything about Vermont but after the loss of his wife Dorothy in 1997 and Vermont’s long winters, decided to live in Florida during the winter to enjoy the warmth and social life with his friends and siblings.

He is survived by four sons, Michael and wife Grace of Cedar Grove, N.J., Timothy and wife Maryann of Clifton, N.J., Dennis and wife Liz of Durham, N.C., and Andrew and wife Karen of Farmington Hills, Mich.; two daughters, Mary Jeanne Livingston and husband Stan of Bristol, and Kathleen Clark and husband Martin of Monkton; and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Mary Catherine Meehan and brothers Thomas and Robert Frey of Florida, and brother Joseph Frey of Long Island, N.Y.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Richard Frey, and two sisters, Rose Edna Frey and Eileen Heffernan.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the home of Mary Jeanne Livingston at 1531 Hardscrabble Rd. in Bristol. A funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice.


Paul S. Eriksson

SALISBURY — Paul S. Eriksson, publisher, editor, author, raconteur, bird naturalist and Frisbee pioneer, died on Dec. 4, 2008, in Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was 92. The cause was pneumonia and attending complications.

He was born in East Templeton, Mass., the youngest of five children of Swedish parents from Finland and their only child born stateside. His father, Evert Viktor Eriksson, became widowed when Paul was two and raised the children singly in Gardner and Worcester, Mass., while conducting a busy contracting and architecting concern.

At age 10, Paul was given a pair of pigeons. He trained them to race, and bred them. They were the first of many homing pigeons he raced before going away to college and they awakened a lifelong passion for birds and bird life.

Following his days of Worcester North High basketball excellence and making lifelong friends, and after a struggle for funds, Paul entered Middlebury College in 1936. He majored in English and continued to star at basketball, was clerk, then manager, of the college bookstore for three years, joined Delta Upsilon and was chosen by Waubanakee.

When in the summer of 1938 he and three other members drove to a DU convention in Nebraska, they found a Frisbie Company pie tin in a field and tossed it around, starting the game they took back to Middlebury. “Frisbie,” later marketed as “Frisbee,” as we know it today, spread fast to fraternities and to other colleges. A statue commemorating the game’s genesis (by Patrick Villiers Farrow, commissioned in 1989) stands today some steps south of Middlebury’s Munroe Hall.

After graduation, Paul worked a year in New York at the Macmillan Company as a college traveler, then left to be married to Peggy Woods ’42, by Middlebury College president Paul D. Moody in the college chapel; she would be the first matriculated student granted a degree from the college as a married woman. During her senior year, they lived off campus. Paul did graduate studies, and publicity work for the Middlebury Register. When World War II broke out Paul joined the Army where he taught in the pigeon section of the Signal Corps, took Scandinavian studies and radio theory at Grinnell College, Iowa, and did code work in Texas, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He arrived in Japan the day the peace treaty was signed.

In New York after the war Paul was an editor at the John Day Company and worked alongside Richard Walsh and his wife Pearl S. Buck (author of “The Good Earth”); then he became publicity director at G.P. Putnam and Sons. In the late fifties, he published his first few books under the imprint Eriksson-Taplinger, predecessor of Paul S. Eriksson, Inc. (later, Paul S. Eriksson). Among them were “Give Us the Tools,” by Henry Viscardi Jr., with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, and “Little Arthur’s Guide to Humbug,” by C.E. Vulliamy, with an introduction by C. Northcote Parkinson. It was the start of five decades of independent publishing — a perfect career for Paul, sleuthing for good books (human interest, social conscience, fine fiction, birds) with sociable business luncheons (he’d say, “martini luncheons”) and all the plan-making he loved for producing a book.

Some of Paul’s publishing reflected his interest in bird life, with several titles, including his own “Bird Finder’s 3-Year Notebook” and “A Treasury of Birdlore,” edited by Joseph Wood Krutch and himself, called by Audubon Magazine “one of the most readable anthologies on natural history ever published.” Other titles are “Flight of the Storm Petrel,” by R.M. Lockley; “The Hunt for the Whooping Cranes,” by J.J. McCoy; “Keep Your Pigeons Flying,” by Leon F. Whitney; and “An Eagle Named Bart,” by William R. Vasquez. Always behind these books was a man as committed to, as he was excited about, their subjects. Lincoln resident Alan Pistorius, coeditor with Eriksson of “A Treasury of North American Birdlore,” writes: “Paul’s fondness for birds, starting with a boyhood hobby raising and flying pigeons, never faltered. Wherever he and Peggy traveled, often, ostensibly at least on publishing business, he always found time to grab the binoculars and head out to the nearby coastal marsh or mountain meadow or urban park to sample the avifauna. Just months before his death, Paul was still enjoying ‘drive-arounds’ with birder friends, searching Dead Creek and Champlain Valley back roads for birds common and rare, while stories of birding coups of long ago circulated around the car.”

In addition to books about bird life the company published a number of other subjects: “A Thousand Springs,” by Anna Chennault, with introduction by Lin Yutang; “Three Alexander Calders,” by Margaret Calder Hayes, with an introduction by Malcolm Cowley; a highly praised novel by Richard Hawley, “The Headmaster’s Papers”; “Steinbeck and Covici: A Friendship,” by Thomas Fensch; “Beloved Island: Franklin and Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello,” by Jonas Klein, with an introduction by Hon. George Mitchell; “John Ransom’s Andersonville Diary,” with an introduction by Bruce Catton; “Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography”; “Book Banning in America,” by William Noble; “Addison County Justice,” by Peter Langrock, with an introduction by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy; “It’s a Pig World Out There!” by Phyllis Demong; “Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man,” by Marino Amoruso, with an introduction by Pee Wee Reese; and “The Revenge of the Fish God: Angling Adventures Around the World,” by Carl von Essen, M.D.

In 1976, the company moved from New York to an office in the Battell Building in the town of Middlebury. The family’s house on Lake Dunmore became a full-time home with a small office for the publishing business. Paul leaves his wife Peggy, their daughter Kristin Mitchell, daughter Gretchen Margetson and her husband Neil, and son Stephen and his wife Donna Noble. He leaves two granddaughters, Erika Mitchell and Arlen Margetson.

Time and place for a memorial gathering will be announced in the spring.


Harold Francis Carey

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Harold Francis Carey, 91, of Newtown, Conn., died peacefully at home on Feb. 26. He was born September 25, 1917, the son of Wilbur Watson Carey and Bridget (Hughes) Carey.

He attended Danbury Teacher’s College (now Western Connecticut State College) where he met Ann, his wife of 66 years, and left to serve in the Army during World War II. After the war, he sold textbooks in the state of Washington before returning to Connecticut and opening the Carey Insurance Agency, which he ran until his retirement.

Family says he believed in living life to the fullest and shared his great love of nature through photographs, painting and stories. When his children were young, he took the family camping in New England and New York. In 1963 the family camped around the country, visiting national parks and traveling 10,000 miles in the car. In later years, he traveled to Italy, France, Canada and Ecuador. Until he was 75, he hiked in Austria, Switzerland, Scotland and Greece. According to family, he was equally comfortable skiing a mountain, sailing a lake, reading a book or eating good food, and the biggest joy in his life was spending time with his wife, Ann.

Harry is survived by Ann (Titsworth) Carey; his children, Sas Carey of Middlebury, Jason Carey and wife Carolyn of Cornwall, Julia Carey Petro of Briarcliff, N.Y., Joan Elizabeth Carey and her husband Andrew Baron II of La Plume, Penn., and Thomas David Carey and his wife Patricia Honan Carey of Westport, Conn.; and his sister, Marian Marinelli of Ridgefield, Conn. He leaves 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren

He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Carey Favreau, and his brother, Arthur Carey.

A celebration of his life was held in Newtown, Conn., on Feb. 28, with his grandson Peter Carey and granddaughter Sara Baron officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.

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