Ruth Stuart Sullivan
STARKSBORO — Ruth Stuart Sullivan, 93, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2009, at her home in Starksboro with her son Bill and her caretaker Janice Bruno in attendance. Born March 14, 1916, in Stamford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Condon Livingstone.
Ruth was a registered nurse for the Westchester Health Department for 25 years until her retirement. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII in the Nursing Corps. She was a graduate of Stamford High School, Stamford School of Nursing and became a registered nurse graduating with a B.S. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ruth was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church and its prayer groups and was a eucharistic minister there as well as a former religious teacher. She also was a member of the Connecticut Nurses Association and ran support groups for families of alcoholics.
She is survived by her son, William C. Sullivan; his former wife, Marilyn Barbato; two granddaughters, Anne Catherine Sullivan and her partner, John Lincoln; and Lincy Sullivan and her daughter, Alexandra Dorce.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Thomas E. Sullivan, in 1980.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Bristol. A graveside service will be held at St. John Roman Catholic Cemetery in Darien, Conn., on Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Mollenhauer officiating. Connecticut arrangements are being handled by the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematoryin Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Volunteer Services, 63 Maple Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cognetta.com.
Janet Twichell Singley
MIDDLEBURY — Janet Twichell Singley, 87, originally from Belle Mead, N.J., died March 7, 2009, at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born in Pullman, Wash., Jan. 25, 1922, the daughter of Col. Heath and Frances (Marvin) Twichell. Due to her father’s peripatetic career, she lived in a number of states and countries growing up.
She graduated from Penn State College, where she trained for the WACs and learned to fly single-engine planes. She married Mark E. Singley in 1942. During the war he, an engineer and lieutenant in the Navy, designed ships at the Camden Naval Yard, where she served as a draftsperson and had the honor of launching a ship.
After raising her family, she received a master’s degree in art from Douglass College. She went on to teach art at Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J.
A gifted painter, she painted and sold well over a hundred oils, acrylics and watercolors.
Her husband designed extensive bookshelves into the Belle Mead farmhouse renovations so that she could create the Hillsborough Public Library, which was stocked via monthly bookmobile visits. As Hillsborough grew from a community of a few scattered farms to a sprawling suburb, she, as chairwoman, oversaw her library’s move to a public room in the corner shopping center, then finally to its present 10,000 square foot home in the Hillsborough Municipal Building.
She and her husband traveled extensively in their later years, visiting England, France, Scandinavia, Italy, Greece, Spain and Russia. The Singley family spent their summers on Long Lake, Maine, for the last five decades, and drove the entire length of the Alcan Highway in 1968. Her father, an Army Corps engineer, was responsible for the construction of virtually all the bridges on the highway, as described in “Northwest Epic.”
She is survived by her brother, Heath Twichell; her sister, Ruth Cochrane; her daughter, Frances Mercade; and her two sons, Donald and Jeremy. Jeremy has lived in the Middlebury area with his family since 1974.
She was predeceased by her husband Mark and her son Paul.
Barry Lee Messenger
MINEVILLE, N.Y. — Barry Lee Messenger, 54, died April 2, 2009, in Mineville, N.Y., after a very short illness.
He was born in Hartford, Conn. He worked for DACO Construction as a foreman. He also worked as a carpenter. He moved to Middlebury in 1998 with his partner Shirley Kitchell. In 2004 he moved to Mineville, N.Y. He belonged to the Sons of the American Legion Post 27 in Middlebury and the Sons of Auxiliary at the VFW in Middlebury. His favorite activities included hunting, fishing, bowling and traveling.
He is survived his partner, Shirley Kitchell; his son, Raymond Messenger; and his daughter, Lauren Messenger.
He wss predeceased by his brother, Johnny; his father, Raymond; and his mother, Caroline, from West Granby, Conn.
At his request, there will be no calling hours or services.
Mildred W. Huckabay
VERGENNES — Mildred W. Huckabay, 91, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in Vergennes.
She was born April 11, 1917, the fourth of six children of Arthur and Delia Willard, in the Mud City area of Morrisville.
She graduated from People’s Academy in 1933 and attended Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass. She worked for the phone company in Morrisville and Burlington before the war. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy, working as a control tower operator. After the war, she worked for General Electric in Ludlow, Vt., Schenectady, N.Y., and Oakland, Calif.
In 1955, she married George W. Huckabay in California and they raised their son Bill. In 1970, she returned to school to earn a nursing degree and worked for many years in nursing homes in California and Vermont. In 1987, she retired to Vermont and lived in her parents’ home in Vergennes until 2005.
She is survived by her sister, Lorraine Parker of Springfield; her son, Bill Huckabay and his wife Lucie of Vergennes; and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, George; three brothers, Edgar, Ralph and Keith; and a sister, Gladys.
The family would like to extend special gratitude to the staff of the Vergennes Residential Care Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 6, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, with interment in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Mildred E. Goodrich
SALISBURY — Mildred E. Goodrich, 78, died Sunday morning, April 5, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Chittenden, the daughter of Louis Sr. and Alice (Lathrop) Phelps.
She married Donald “Chief” Goodrich Sept. 3, 1949, in Chittenden. Together they ran the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury.
She was a member of the Salisbury Congregational Church. Her family says she loved crafting, quilting, gardening and spending time with her family. She also had a love of animals, especially her cats.
She is survived by her husband; her son, Ernie Goodrich and his wife Leeann of Salisbury; her three daughters, Donna Lawton and her husband Henry of Bridport, Debbie Smith and her husband Gary of Salisbury and Penny Supernaw and her husband Scott of Salisbury; two brothers, Louis Phelps Jr. and his wife Marne of Pittsford and Charles Phelps Sr. of Springfield; two sisters, Alice Durovich of Springfield and Faith Pratt and her husband Harley of Proctor; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a brother, John Phelps; a sister, Mary Loomis; and a half-sister, Bertha Clarke.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 8, at the Salisbury Congregational Church. The Rev. John Grivetti, pastor, officiated. Burial followed in West Side Cemetery in Salisbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury Congregational Church, Main Street, Salisbury, VT 05769, or to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754 Middlebury, VT 05753.
Ethel Pearl Cram
MIDDLEBURY — Ethel Pearl Cram, 84, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
She was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Lincoln, the daughter of John and Estella Cram Cobb.
In September of 1939 she married Carl S. Cram. He predeceased her August 23, 1980, after 41 years of marriage.
Family says her interests and hobbies included word-find puzzles, fishing, listening to country and gospel music, square dancing, spending time next to river in Lincoln, flower gardening, plants and spending time with her family. She used to say one of her fondest memories was of listening to her father, brothers and some neighbors get together on a Saturday night to play fiddles, guitars and other instruments. She also used to talk about how, as a child, she would work with her father haying and cutting wood.
She is survived by seven children, Joanne, Carl (Sonny), Stella, Allen, Lola, Leatrice and Richard; a sister, Irene Michaud of Lincoln; 23 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will follow in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Lois May Bassett
BRANDON, Vt./BREVARD, N.C. — Lois May Bassett, 79, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Brian Center in Brevard, N.C.
She was born in Rutland on Aug. 29, 1929, the daughter of Otis and Lovinna (Baker) Bishop.
She was a graduate of Brandon High School, class of 1947. She attended nursing school in Connecticut and worked as a nurse’s aide doing private duty for many years in Proctor and Brandon. She also worked as a waitress at various area restaurants while caring for her ailing mother. She was a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program in Rutland when she lived at Sheldon Towers. She was a deaconess at the Rutland Alliance Church. She lived in Underhill before moving to Easley, S.C., in 2003, to be near her family.
She is survived by a son, Leigh E. Pfenning of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Sharon A. Rouse of Littleton, N.H.; a sister Mary Hallett of Forest Dale; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousin.
She was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis LaRock, in 1973; and a son, Bruce A. Pfenning, in 1980.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Her son, the Rev. Leigh E. Pfenning, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, April 9, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 1139, Montpelier, VT 05601.