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04/16/09 Obituaries

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Ralph C. “John” White

BRISTOL — Ralph C. “John” White, 67, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

He was born December 5, 1941, in South Hero, the son of Milton and Doris Mable White.

He worked at A. Johnson Lumber Co. for 42 years. He loved to ice fish and spend time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia White of Bristol; three children, Dan Cox and fiancé Vera of Monkton, Kevin White of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Elizabeth Roy and husband Jacob of Bristol; a daughter-in-law, Karen Cox of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Margaret Hendee of Jericho; an aunt Mary White of South Hero; and several nieces and nephews and extended family.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Linda Payne; a daughter, Jackie Jackson; a brother, Warren White; and a sister, Betty Folum.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at Ralph and Patricia’s home, 826 Stony Hill Road, Bristol. Interment will be at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Calling hours will be on Friday April 17, at Ralph and Patricia’s home in Bristol from noon up to the hour of the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443. Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol will be in charge of arrangements.


Judith A. Webb

RIPTON — Judith A. Webb, 71, a resident of Ripton for many years, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Porter Hospital.

Born in Bethel March 16, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Israel and Grace (Brink) Blanchard.

She was a former employee of Middlebury College, the Counseling Service of Addison County and Addison County Home Health & Hospice.

Her family says she enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader.

She is survived by three sons, Lyle W. Webb Jr. of Ripton, James S. Webb of Ripton and Richard S. Webb of East Middlebury; two daughters, Kathy L. Webb of Addison and Sherry K. Williams of Forest Dale; four sisters, Joan Cobb of Lincoln, Linda Barrows of Brandon, Wilma Blanchard of Rutland, and Donna Blanchard of New York; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her brother, John Blanchard.

Family graveside services will be held at a later date at Cook Cemetery in Ripton.


Wilhelm Fredrick Rotax

NEW HAVEN — Wilhelm Fredrick Rotax, 94, of New Haven died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

He was born in Monkton on

October 11, 1914, the son of Fredrick and Bessie Stilson Rotax.

He is survived by a brother, Paul and wife Doris Rotax of Lincoln, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be at a later date.


Les Posdamer

RIPTON — On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., friends and family will gather at the Ripton Community House to celebrate the life of Ripton resident Les Posdamer, who died Nov. 13, 2008, at the age of 60. To honor his wishes, guests are asked to bring their favorite jokes to share and come prepared to celebrate.


Phyllis S. Patnode

NORFOLK, Va. — Phyllis S. Patnode, 67, of Norfolk died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in a Norfolk hospital. She was a retired computer programmer and a native of Orwell.

She is survived by her husband Skip Patnode; a son, Norman Patnode and wife Elaine of Woodbridge, Va.; a daughter, Susan Cervantes of Norfolk; her mother, Iris F. Stacy of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Harold A. Stacy, and a sister, Anne Warner.

A memorial remembrance will be held Saturday, April 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, in Norfolk. Internment will take place at a later date in Vermont.

Memorial donations may be made to the Khedive Transportation Fund, 645 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23320. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.


Dr. Edward “Bud” August Mueller III

CHITTENDEN — Dr. Edward “Bud” August Mueller III died of liver failure on Sunday April 12,2009 at Massachusetts General Hospital following heart transplant surgery on April 6, 2009. He was a warm, loving, kind and generous spirit who will live on in all who knew him. The doctors, nurses, and others who have provided care over the past seventeen years in Rutland, Dartmouth and Boston have put tremendous skill and technology to work in not only keeping him alive but giving him the best quality of life.

Bud’s life was heartening and beautiful and he would want everyone to celebrate his life by remembering at the end of each day, something for which they are grateful.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Hadley Erin, and his wife, Kim Moyer. Also a sister, Cheryl Mueller and nephew John Greg Mueller both of Dallas, Texas. Brothers-in-law Kevin Moyer, Kregg Moyer and his wife Susan Baum and sons Colin and Ethan. In laws, Meredith Moyer, and Charles Moyer and his wife Donna as well as a niece Kaylee and nephew Tyler. His friendships are many and very deep.

His life will be celebrated at his home in Chittenden on June 27, 2009. Details will be announced in the future. But for this celebration, his family would appreciate the sharing of stories, songs, pictures, poems and other music that captures his spirit. We would also like each attendee to bring a rock from their home or special place in order that a stone wall can be built along side the many stone walls Bud has built over the years.

In lieu of flowers, we would like to honor Bud’s life by having donations be made to the MGH Heart Center Fund, Care of MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Please identify that the donations are for him and the hospital will track your names so that we can properly thank you.


Clement R. Ferland

SOUTHPORT, Fla. — Clement R. Ferland, 89, a former resident of Venice, Fla., died April 10, 2009, in Southport, Fla.

He was born in Georgia, Vt., on Nov. 23, 1919, the son of Wilfred and Leah (Limoges) Ferland.

He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1938 and enlisted in the Navy Air Corps upon his graduation from Lehigh University in 1942. He flew a Hellcat fighter plane off the carrier Yorktown and saw action in the Pacific theater. His family says he eagerly looked forward to his annual reunions with his fellow VF1 comrades. After his Navy service he was employed by Union Carbide until his retirement.

His family and friends say they will miss the stories from his prodigious memory and his witty letters and e-mail messages.

He is survived by his son, Ross, and his wife, Sally, both of Southport, Fla.; two sisters, Lorraine Marquez of Pitman, N.J., and Anita Duclos and husband, Robert, of Weybridge. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ramona; his sister, Madeleine Spies; and his brothers, Gerard and Norman.

A celebration of his life will be held after which his cremains will be buried at sea.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, 4419 Tram Rd., Springfield, FL 32404.


Hailey Jade Dickerson-Stark

FERRISBURGH — Hailey Jade Dickerson-Stark died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born April 9, 2009, in Burlington, the daughter of Michelle Stark and Shon Dickerson.

She is survived by her parents Michelle and Shon; her grandparents, Audrey and Rick White, Rob and Tori Cosgrove, and Darlene and Michael Stark; her uncle, Ervin Huestis II; her great-grandparents, Stuart and Cleone Dickerson, Irvin and Margot Stark, and Erma Humiston, all of Ferrisburgh; and several great-aunts and great-uncles.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes, with interment following in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to FAHC Birthing Center, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.


Douglas Arthur Clodgo Sr.

MILTON — Douglas Arthur Clodgo Sr., 66, of Milton died Sunday morning, April 12, 2009, with his wife Nancy at his side at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.

He was born on November 22, 1942, in Vergennes, the son of Alfred John and Blanche Margaret (Ringer) Clodgo.

He graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1961. He served his country with the U.S. Air Force in South Korea in 1968 and was part of the military effort during the USS Pueblo Incident. This was followed by a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Order of the Silver Rose Award due to chemical warfare while in the Air Force. After returning home, he served both with the Vermont Air National Guard and the Vermont Army National Guard.

He married Nancy Desrochers on New Year’s Eve 1993, and together they built Double Diamond C Ranch in Milton.

He was employed by the Pinkerton, Brinks and Berkshire security companies as well as at Champlain College and Wackenhut Security at IBM, making a 25-year career in the security field.

He was a member of the DAV in White River Junction and the VFW Post 758 in St. Albans. Family says he met many new friends through the Vet Center on Dorset Street.

In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his children, Douglas Arthur Clodgo Jr. and his wife Kathy of Gloucester, Mass., Christopher Joseph Clodgo of Boston, Mass., Amy Louise Carlson and her husband Ross of Colchester, and Karen Ann Radzyminski and her husband Jake of Burlington; his stepchildren, Tina Louise Hathaway and her husband Michael of Milton and Joseph Desrochers of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a sister, Elizabeth LaFoy of Middlebury; his mother-in-law, Alice Robinson, a brother-in-law, Edward Robinson, and a sister-in-law, Carol Weiss and her husband, Marvin, all of Milton; and a brother-in-law, Roland Robinson of Georgia.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred “Pookey” Clodgo and Charles “Chubby” Clodgo.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton, with Father John Feltz of St. Ann Parish officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Milton Rescue, 43 Bombardier Rd., Milton, VT 05468; the Milton Police Benevolent Association in care of Jason Porter, 37 Bombardier Rd., Milton, VT 05468; or VFW Post 758, 353 Lake St., St. Albans, VT 05478

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., with vigil prayers offered by Father John Feltz at 7:45 p.m at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. 

Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com.


Susan Lenora Brown

GOSHEN — Susan Lenora Brown, 91, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the home of her care provider in Salisbury.

She was born in Goshen on April 11, 1917, the daughter of Francis and Laura (Washburn) Brown. She graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1935. She then graduated from St. Albans Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1941.

Her first nursing job was at the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington. She joined the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines as a registered nurse. She later was transferred to Tokyo, Japan, and back to the states in 1946. She was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant.

From 1949 until 1969 she worked at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She then joined the nursing staff at Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she retired in 1979.

During her retirement years she raised and trained her beloved dogs. She showed her dogs all over Maryland and Virginia, winning many competitions. She returned to Vermont in January 2008.

She is survived by a nephew, Ken Brown and his wife Barbara of Goshen; a sister, Gladys Noble of Lincoln; her caregiver, Emily Rainey of Salisbury; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Brown of Goshen, and a dear friend, Mary McNeer of Suitland, Md.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home.

A graveside committal service and burial will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m., in the family lot at Goshen Community Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763, or the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, Attn: Jackie Rose.


Leonard Guy Blaise

BRISTOL — Leonard Guy Blaise, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Bristol after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Salisbury on Jan. 15, 1924, the son of Guy and Rose (Hart) Blaise.

He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; his sister, Rebecca Larrabee and her husband William; his son Reginald and his wife Brenda of Bristol; his daughter Judy and her husband Henry Quelch of Charlestown, N.H.; his step-children Thomas Booska, Michael Booska, Louise Carroll, Joseph Booska and their spouses; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Desso; a sister, Bernadette Cousino; two brothers, Hubert and Roger Blaise.

He retired as head custodian from Mount Abraham Union High School after 22 years. He was also employed by the University of Vermont for six years. Prior to that he was a logger for Clifford Lumber Company in Hinesburg.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, April 14, with interment following at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443.

 

 

 

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