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Obituaries 04/02/09

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Cynthia June Mussaw

LEICESTER JUNCTION — Cynthia June Mussaw, 74, died peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2009, at her home in Leicester Junction, with her family at her side, following a long illness.

She was born in Sudbury on Nov. 29, 1934. She was the daughter of Earl and Martha (Waite) Moore. She received her early education in Whiting Schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1952. On Dec. 21, 1957, she married Oscar Mussaw. They made their home in Leicester Junction for the past 51 years. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family and friends, in December 2007. Her family says she enjoyed spending time with them, flower gardening and caring for her pets.

She is survived by her husband Oscar; two daughters, Melody “DeeDee” Gearwar and her husband Robert and Linda Carey and her husband James, both of Leicester; a son, Tony and his wife Connie of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Hazen; and a daughter, Gloria.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, Pastor will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial will follow, in the family lot, at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Following the service the family will receive friends at the Brandon American Legion Post 55, for a time of fellowship and remembrance.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, the staff at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center, Addison County Home Health & Hospice and Dr. George Fjeld.


Madeline Ann Knott

BRANDON — Madeline Ann Knott, 87, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born in East Hampton, Mass., on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Adelard and Laurianna (Quirion) Pelchat.

She graduated from East Hampton High School, class of 1939. On May 18, 1946, she married Charles Knott in East Hampton.

In her earlier years she worked as a teller at the East Hampton Savings Bank. In later years she returned to banking, as a teller, at the Northampton Institution of Savings, from which she retired in 1979, following many years of service.

She and her husband spent winters in Plant City, Fla., and summers at Laurel Park in Northampton, Mass., and Lake Dunmore. In the spring of 2008 she moved to Brandon to be near her family.

She was a member of the Whitehurst Baptist Church in Plant City, Fla. Her family says she enjoyed crossword puzzles, flea markets, crocheting, dining out and a good potluck supper.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Wright of Brandon, a granddaughter, a great-grandson, and a nephew, as well as her good friend Shirley Baker of Plant City, Fla.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, on March 11, 2006, and by a sister, Priscilla Szepelak.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. A private burial will take place in Brookside Cemetery in East Hampton, Mass.

Following the service the family will receive friends in the church hall, for a time of fellowship & remembrance. There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Our House at Park Terrace, c/o Paula Patorti, 48 South Main St., Rutland, VT 05701.


Barbara Gallagher “Bobby” Kennedy

BRISTOL — Barbara Gallagher “Bobby” Kennedy, 89, of Bristol, died March 27, 2009.

A graduate of the University of Vermont with a major in home economics, her family was her early career. Later, she taught at Middlebury Union High School, where she remained for several years. It was there she developed a home economics class for boys, one of the first of its kind.

Her family says she was a craftswoman who excelled as a spinner and knitter of wool, and her appliquéd quilts won local and national recognition.

She is survived by her children, Susan Charbonneau and husband Bruce, Paul “Mike” Kennedy and Deb Laramie, Nancy Blaisdell and husband Frank and Karen Bushey and husband Robert; and seven grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, John (“Jack”); her daughter, Bonnie Royce; and a brother, Thomas Gallagher.

A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bristol Federated Church on North Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad or the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.


Helen Grace Johnson

BENNINGTON/FOREST DALE — Helen Grace Johnson, 87, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Prospect Nursing Home in North Bennington.

She was born in Orwell on April 8, 1921, the daughter of Harry and Grace (Miller) Coates. She received her early education in local Orwell schools and Brandon High School. Later in life she attended Rutland Business College.

On Dec. 24, 1939 she married Fred Wesley Johnson in Brandon. They made their home in Forest Dale, until moving to Rutland in 1955. In May 2008 they moved to Bennington to be near their daughter.

She worked for General Electric for 22 years before retiring in 1979.

Her family says she and her husband enjoyed tag sales and flea markets. They traveled extensively throughout the United States. They particularly enjoyed visiting Cape Cod in the summer and Vero Beach, Fla., in the winter.

Surviving is her husband, Fred W. Johnson of Bennington; a daughter, Marilyn Marrion of Bennington; two sons, Thomas Johnson of Bennington and Lane Johnson of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, Robert Coates and his wife Anita of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Gladys Nielson of Bennington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was held Monday, March 30, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated. A graveside committal service and burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., Bennington, VT 05201.


Michael W. Furey Jr.

WALTHAM — Michael W. Furey Jr., 39, of Waltham, died on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1969, in Bryn Mawr, Penn., the eldest son of Michael W. Furey Sr. and Charlotte Harding Furey (of Burlington). He graduated from Middlebury College in 1992.

Michael spent most of his life working as an equities trader at several Wall Street financial institutions in New York City. Recently, he was based in Vermont and involved in real estate ventures.

He is survived by his parents, Michael W. and Charlotte H. Furey of Waltham; his brother, Christopher H. Furey of Portland, Ore.; and his sister, Charlotte A. Furey of San Francisco, Calif. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Jack and Lois Harding of Dorset, Vt., and San Francisco, Calif.; Denise Furey and Matthew Wolfe of Philadelphia, Penn.; and Gail and Joseph Ogando of Montclair, N.J., as well as many cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 3, at St Mary’s Parish, 326 College St., Middlebury.

The family has set up a memorial fund benefiting local charities in his memory. Donations can be made to the Michael W. Furey Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o National Bank of Middlebury, P.O. Box 189, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Pearle Veda Doane

SHOREHAM — Pearle Veda Doane, 90, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at her home in Shoreham.

She was born in Shoreham April 6, 1918, the daughter of Sidney and Etta (Turrill) Fletcher.

A lifelong resident of Shoreham, she attended Shoreham schools and afterwards operated the family dairy farm. Family says she was a private person who loved her gardening, flowers and her animals.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Shackett of Shoreham and Susan Doane of Amsterdam, N.Y.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brother, Harold Fletcher, and two sisters, Irene Brileya and Mildred LaBate.

To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Private graveside committal services and interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Shoreham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 772, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Shoreham First Response, 297 Main St., Shoreham, VT 05770.


William Edward Devlin Jr.

SPRING HILL, Fla./ESSEX JCT., Vt. — William Edward Devlin Jr., 93, died at Hernando Pasco Hospice on March 24, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1916, in New York, N.Y., son of the Helen (Sonnleitner) and William E. Devlin Sr.

He served his country as a captain in the Army Air Corps, receiving his flight training in Lakeland, Fla., and as a fighter pilot, receiving the World War II Victory Ribbon and American Theatre Award. After seven years of service he had to retire due to injuries received while stationed in Panama Canal.

He married Marjorie F. (Burke) Devlin, of Spring Hill, Fla., on Sept. 28, 1946, in New York.

He studied method acting under Lee Straussberg in New York City. He went on and wrote for radio, television and stage. Among his writing credits he wrote for radio’s “The Shaggy Dog,” and for television’s “The Bat” starring Bella Lugosi. Aside from his own plays being produced in many different venues he was also a producer, director and actor and a member of the Actor’s Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America.

In the early ’50s he moved his wife and growing family to Vermont where he lived until 1986. He was a salesman for WCAX from 1956 – 1974. While living in Vermont he and Marj co-founded the Essex Community Players, which still thrives to this day. They were also co-founders of the Champlain Workshop for Retarded Citizens where they also took turns residing as president for the Foundation for Retarded Citizens.

He was a dedicated communicant of Holy Family Parish for many years and a member of St Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Family said he believed in helping those who are less fortunate, and he donated to every charity imaginable. His children said they are forever grateful for the lessons he taught by example.

Following his retirement, he and his wife built the house of their dreams in Florida, where they continued to entertain family and friends, and enjoyed many happy years as members of the Stage West Community Playhouse. He will always be remembered for his swan song (“Mrs. Giorgio’s Day Off”), which was performed in June of 2004 to raving reviews.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Devlin of Spring Hill, Fla.; his children, William C. Devlin and wife Marilyn of Agoura, Calif., Margaret M. Irish and husband Stephen of Waterbury, Charles B. Devlin of Burlington, Kayte Helen M. Devlin of Devon, Conn., Mary J. Langer and husband Jack of Vergennes, and Paul J. Devlin and wife Heather of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Maura Devlin.

There will be no public visiting hours. A memorial service will be held in Spring Hill, Fla., at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will also be held at the A. W. Rich Funeral Home, Essex Chapel, in Essex Junction on Monday May 18, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Ranges, S.S.E., officiating. Inurnment will follow in the family lot in Holy Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.awrichfuneralhomes.com.


Kathy “Kate” Cyr

LYNN, Mass./MIDDLEBURY — Kathy “Kate” Cyr, 36, formerly of Middlebury, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Lynn, Mass., while dancing to the music of her favorite band, the Classmates.

She was born in Middlebury on Nov. 4, 1972, the daughter of Leonard “Sonny” and Nancy (Ford) Cyr. She attended the Bridge School and Middlebury Union High School and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., with a degree in finance. She worked as a staff accountant for several hotel chains and retail rental properties during her career.

She lived in Virginia, North Carolina and California before coming East and settling in the Boston area, where she enjoyed music, friends and the comfort of being a short drive from her family. Family says she and her mother shared a special love of traveling together and spent several different weeks in the Caribbean over the past few years.

She is survived by her parents; her brother, Phil Cyr and his wife Jen of Middlebury; a nephew; and a large extended family.

A celebration of her life will take place Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Bridge School, 1469 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Francis E. “Bud” Brown

BRANDON — Francis E. “Bud” Brown, 77, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at his home in Brandon.

He was born in Brandon on Sept. 11, 1931. He was the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Noble) Brown. He received his early education in local Goshen and Brandon schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1949. Following his education he joined the United States Air Force and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and returned to Vermont. He was a longtime woodsman and logged various areas through out the state. He also worked for the United States Forestry Department for many years. He and his wife owned and operated Union Street Grocery in Brandon for over 9 years.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Smith Brown, whom he married in Brandon on Aug. 6, 1954; one son, Daniel Brown and his wife Claire McKee of Rutland; two daughters, Julie Brown and her companion Donald Watters of Bristol and Mamie Rasmussen and her husband Carl of Pittsford; three brothers, Kenneth Brown and his wife Barbara of Goshen, David Brown and his wife Cathy of London, Ky., and Kevin Brown and his wife Jackie of Kingman, Ariz.; five sisters, Muriel Fielder and her husband Francis of Goshen, Kathryn Charron of Walpole, Mass., Madine Reed and her husband Norman of Goshen, Marcia Peer of South Paris, Maine, and Rachel Thow of Sudbury; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by three children, Colleen, Diane and Edward Brown.

A graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in the family lot at Goshen Community Cemetery. There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701, or to the Wiregrass Hospice, 432 East Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39819-4058.


Bernard H. Bronson

BRIDPORT — Bernard H. Bronson, 87, of Rutland, died March 30, 2009, at Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

He was born in Bridport on Feb. 25, 1921, the son of Horace A. and Alice (Myrick) Bronson.

He attended schools in Bridport, Shoreham and Whiting. On Sept. 27, 1943, he married Ellen M. McGinn in a service at St. Bernadette’s Church.

He was a farmer living in Middlebury and Bridport. He was active in his community, playing baseball for the Bridport and Panton teams. He drove truck for the town and for LaRocque’s trucking. He was a charter member of the Bridport Fire Department, organized in 1948. He served as president of the Addison County Firefighters in 1952, becoming a life member.

A Grange member for over 70 years, he held several offices, including master in Bridport and offices in Pomona and State Granges, and served on the agriculture and fair committees. He was also a member of the Bridport Historical Society and a life member of the Bridport Sno-Birds.

He is survived by a son, Francis Bronson of Bridport; a daughter Barbara and her husband Andre Mercier of Bridport; three brothers, Horace A. and wife Joyce of South Burlington, Malcolm and wife Isabelle of Bridport, and Thad and wife Virginia of Bridport; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen; his brothers, Wymond and Lloyd; and a sister, Thelma LaRocque.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Bridport, with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Bridport Central Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Friday April 3, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bridport Fire Department, P.O. Box 125, Bridport, VT 05734.

Online condolences may be made at www.Sandersonfuneralservice.com


Dr. Gardner Pierce Ashley

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Dr. Gardner Pierce Ashley, 90, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the Franklin United Methodist Home in Franklin, Ind.

He was born Feb. 4, 1919, in Winthrop, Mass., the son of Edward L. and Cornelia (Tracy) Ashley.

He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He continued his education, receiving a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in modern languages from Middlebury College.

He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and received a combat medal for service in the Battle of the Bulge. He held positions at the University of Vermont from 1951-1953 and Mount Allison University from 1954-1955. He was a professor of French at Franklin College, in Franklin, Ind., from 1955 until his retirement in 1989. He was very involved in the life of the college for more than three decades. In earlier years the Ashley family spent many summers in Rochester and Middlebury.

He is survived by his sister, Julia Acker of Catonsville, Md.; a nephew, Dr. James Acker of Elkridge, Md.; and many cousins in Vermont.

He was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Ashley.

Graveside services will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Rochester at a later date. There are no public calling hours.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Franklin College, Attn: Kristy Brown, 101 Branigan Blvd., Franklin, IN 46131.

Private online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.

 

 

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