Jeanette Denis Vernon
NORMAN, Okla. — Jeanette Denis Vernon, 77, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Norman, Okla.
She was born in Sudbury, Vt., on March 6, 1932, the daughter of Alphonse and Albertha (Racine) Denis. She received her early education in local Sudbury schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1949.
She received her teaching degree from Castleton College, class of 1953. Her first teaching assignment was at the Whiting Elementary School. She later moved to Burlington where she taught for several years.
She later moved to Virginia, where she taught the children of the active duty military personnel at Quantico Marine Base. She continued her teaching career in Okinawa, Japan, where she also taught for military personnel. She returned to Virginia and worked as an office manager at the Pentagon until her retirement in the 1990s. Following retirement, she and her husband moved to Norman, Okla.
She is survived by her husband James Vernon of Norman, whom she married in Georgia in 1985; three stepsons, Mark Vernon of Georgia, Dr. Handy Vernon of Tennessee and Charles Vernon of Romania; a sister, Marjorie Wilcox of Kessee Mills, Mo.; two brothers, Larry Denis of Whiting and Raymond Denis of Benson. Several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.
The funeral service and burial will take place, in Norman, Okla.
William Frederick James “Rick” or “Bill” Snyder
LEICESTER — William Frederick James “Rick” or “Bill” Snyder, 64, died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home on Lake Dunmore.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 1, 1944, the son of Herbert and Hermina (Dick) Snyder. He graduated from Ithaca High School, class of 1962. He received a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Cornell University, class of 1968.
In his early career he worked for Boeing in Huntsville, Ala. He later joined Computer Sciences Corporation in Paramus, N.J., and moved on to Composition Systems Inc. of Elmsford, N.Y. For the past 25 years he was a self-employed computer software engineer with Toys “R” Us as his primary client.
He and his wife retired to Lake Dunmore in 2007, where his family had summered since 1918. For 33 years prior to his retirement, he resided in Mahwah, N.J. According to his family, he was an avid Cornell University athletics fan who also loved swimming and sailing on Lake Dunmore. He served on the board of directors for the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, whom he married in Brandon on June 25, 1972; three daughters, Carrie Snyder of New York City, Robin Vlamis and her husband Giorgios of Morristown, N.J., and Margaret Sparrow and her husband Geoffrey of Raymond, Maine; a sister, Judith Lodder of Trumansburg, N.Y.; a brother, Randall Snyder of Hillsboro, N.H.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his siblings Jane Baumgartner, Sara Ostergren and Herbert Snyder.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at the Leicester Meeting House on Route 7 in Leicester. Following the service there will be a reception for friends and relatives at the family home on Lake Dunmore.
Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to Cornell University at www.giving.cornell.edu; the Parkinson’s Unity Walk (for his friend Gene Coggshall) at www.unitywalk.org; the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733; or to the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association, P.O. Box 14, Salisbury, VT 05769.
John Martin Thomas Gale
POTTSTOWN, Penn./MIDDLE-BURY — John Martin Thomas Gale, 89, died quietly in his sleep March 23, 2009, at the Manatawny Manor Senior Living Community in Pottstown, Penn.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 27, 1919, the eldest son of Lloyd Blanchard Gale and Huldah May Thomas. He was the grandson of John Martin Thomas, president of Middlebury College from 1908 to 1921.
He briefly attended Middlebury College before leaving to serve in the U.S. Air Force in Africa for three years during World War II. He completed his degree in business administration and human relations from Cornell University, class of 1949, and was employed for most of his career with Scott Paper Company in the personnel department at company facilities in Wisconsin, Maine and Pennsylvania.
His family says he had a profound love of music, playing trombone in various dance bands in his early life. He was an avid golfer and gardener, and especially enjoyed the family’s annual vacation at the Delaware shore, a tradition his family continues to this day.
He was active in numerous volunteer and church organizations, including Kiwanis Club and the Aldersgate United Methodist choir in Wilmington, Del. He retired from Scott Paper to Middlebury, where he remained active as a volunteer at the Ilsley Library and Porter Hospital and with the choir and various committees at the Middlebury Congregational Church.
He is survived by his brothers, Presson Richardson “Dick” Gale and wife Joan of Trenton, N.J., and David Gale of Rutland; his children, Thomas and wife Nancy of Somerset, N.J., David of Wilmington, Del., Kenneth and wife Gail of Pottstown, Penn., Donald and wife Gabrielle of Gothenburg, Sweden, Elizabeth Kosinski and husband Jeffrey of Hockessin, Del., and Susan of Wilmington, Del.; and eight grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Van Nest Gale.
Plans are being made for a memorial service and private interment service in Middlebury.