CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Kristopher Robin Dunbar, 15, of Crossville, Tenn., died May 29, 2009, after a long, hard battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 25, 1994, the son of David and Shannon (Carr) Dunbar of Crossville, formerly of Bridport.
He is survived by his parents; his grandmothers, Norma Carr of Bridport and Dawn Dunbar of Lowville, N.Y.; his sisters, Nikki Ranney and her husband Josh of Bridport, Tiffany Carrow of Watertown N.Y., and Stephanie Dorsey and her husband Will of Crossville; his brothers, Klancy Dunbar of Weybridge, Kody Dunbar of Crossville, and Jerry Dunbar of Lincoln; nine nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Wayne Carr and Russell Dunbar.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 5, at 4 p.m. at the Bridport Community Hall.
Norman Bruce Carson
ADDISON — Norman Bruce Carson, known to his friends as Bruce, passed away peacefully at his home in Addison, surrounded by members of his family on May 30, 2009.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., Bruce carried with him the heritage of a pioneering, industrious spirit grounded in the values of mid-America. The first child of Elizabeth and William G.B. Carson, Bruce arrived on July 30, 1924. He attended St. Louis Country Day School from which he graduated in 1942 during WW II. Entering the accelerated program at Princeton University, he completed his freshman year before he joined the V-12 naval program, which sent him to the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors in electrical engineering.
Following graduation, he was commissioned a communications officer, and joined the U.S.S. Edgecomb sailing to the Phillipines to bring home troops at the end of the war.
In 1946 Bruce returned to St. Louis to take graduate courses in engineering at Washington University, and begin his career at the International Shoe Company.
He also pursued two of his major interests, ham radios and sports cars. He spoke with ham radio operators across the world on the radio he built.
As an active participant in the St. Louis chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, he published their newsletter, raced and rallied.
Marriage to Barbara Bitter of Quincy, Ill., in 1955, and subsequent birth of their first two children, Peter and Meggie, diverted his devotion from cars and radios to family. In the early 1960s Bruce spent several years testing the waters of southern California as production engineer with Cupples, and as plant manager for KSH, both St. Louis–based companies. Finding Laguna Beach, a small art community on the Pacific, appealing, the growing family, which now included two more daughters, Amy and Katie, made it their home.
While Bruce pursued his engineering career, Barbara embarked upon a teaching career in the Laguna schools.
During these happy years, Bruce, always interested in contributing to his community, became actively involved in the Episcopal Church and community boards.
In the late 1980s, while the children were completing college, and Bruce and Barbara were considering retiring, they looked for a peaceful, uncrowded rural area with space for their beagles to run, pasture to raise sheep, and land for vegetable and flower gardens. In 1988 they found the perfect place, a 1790s farmhouse in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. During renovation, they opened their home as an inn in 1992, and called it the Whitford House in memory of the Whitford family, whose homestead it was. Although retired, Bruce utilized his talents restoring and maintaining the inn, and participating in local organizations.
Today Bruce is survived by Barbara and three of their four children, four grandchildren, and a brother, William C. Carson. Bruce’s ashes will be scattered in Trinity Episcopal Church’s meditation and memorial garden next to those of their daughter, Meg Carson, who passed away in February 1996.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in memory of Bruce be sent to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Attn: Deborah Foster, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; to Trinity Episcopal Church’s Meditation and Memorial Garden, Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482; or to the charity of one’s choice. Addison County Home Health and Hospice will equally share the proceeds with two other local nonprofit organizations to benefit the terminally ill: Hospice Volunteer Services and the future Addison County Respite Care Home.
A memorial service will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4.
PITTSFORD — Christine Rosetta Spencer, 87, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Northfield on Dec. 22, 1921, the daughter of Anson and Bertha (Morgan) Eastman. She received her early education in local Northfield and Johnson schools.
She lived in Middletown, Conn., from 1959 until 1982. She retired from Merriam Manufacturing Company in Durham, Conn., in 1982 and moved to North Clarendon. She was a resident of Pittsford from 1995 until her death.
She is survived by three daughters, Muriel Cote of Middletown, Conn., Linda Bailey of Rutland and Yvonne Rathbun of South Lincoln; three sons, Lawrence Hutchins of Forest Dale, Sidney Hutchins of West Salisbury and Martin Hutchins of Brandon; a half-sister, Doris Bell of Barre; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Pauline Shores, in 2008, four half-brothers and three half-sisters.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial will follow in West Salisbury Cemetery.
There are no public calling hours.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Pittsford First Response Squad, c/o Roberta Scarcello, Treasurer, P.O. Box 433, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Carolyn A. Williams
SPRING HILL, Fla. — Carolyn A. Williams, nee Ringey, 63, died Monday, June 1, 2009, in Spring Hill, Florida. She was born in Middlebury and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1977 and then to Spring Hill three years ago.
Retired for 12 years, she had worked as an agent for an employment agency. She was an avid reader and loved playing Scrabble, listening to music by Billy Joel and the Beatles, and going to the beach.
She is survived by her son, Matthew Stevens of St. Petersburg; her daughter, Christin (Moses) Evans of Spring Hill; six grandchildren, Jonathan and Dylan Stevens and Maddison, Moses, Taei and Leo Evans; three brothers, Bill (Dotty), Mike (Patsy), Marc (Terry) Ringey of Middlebury; a sister, Diane (Paul) Sisson of Underhill; and her ex-husband, Curly Stevens.
ORWELL — Harrison H. Steyert, 99, of Orwell, died May 27, 2009. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Benjamin and Mabel Steyert.
He earned an associate of arts degree at Community College of New York and pursued a career in accounting, working in New York City for many years. In 1938 he married Sybil Gordon. He moved to Vermont in 1955 to dairy farm. He also served as an Orwell selectman and as treasurer of the local school district. He worked at Simmonds Precision, from which he retired.
He is survived by a brother, Robert Steyert of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; a son, Don of Orwell; a daughter, Jo-Ann of Deerfield, Ill.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Sybil, and a sister Maybelle (Steyert) Rupp.
There will be no services; however, memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Middlebury, VT 05753.
HUNTINGTON — Barnet E. Liberty, 83, of Huntington died May 24, 2009. He was the son of Earl and Mary (Wright) Liberty. He was a longtime groundskeeper at the University of Vermont.
Those who knew him said he loved spending time with family and friends and all the folks at Wal-Mart. Some of his favorite pastimes were long drives, shopping, picnics and camping.
He is survived by a son, Michael Liberty and wife Laura of Westford; three daughters, Joanne Shedrick and fiancé Tony Mangus of Pennsylvania, Mary Liberty and husband Mike Gamache of Bridport, and Brenda Cota and fiancé Tim Blanchard of Bristol; a sister, Elizabeth Peno of Ferrisburgh; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Audrey, and by three brothers, Elenzer, Harold and Patrick.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Gifford Funeral Service, 22 Depot St., Richmond.
Robert L. Fuller
GRANVILLE — Memorial services for Robert L. Fuller, 83, who died March 8 at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, will be held Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Chapel in Randolph Center. Rev. Wayne Holsman will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Valley Sports Memorial Fund (VSMF), c/o White River Credit Union, 96 N. Main St., Rochester, VT 05767.
BRANDON — The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, for Joseph Quentin Breen, 92, who died Dec. 26, 2008, will be held on Monday, June 8, at 1 p.m., at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.
Gary Stanley, a family friend, will officiate.
Following the service the family will receive friends at their home in Brandon for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
LINCOLN — Susan Heck Oliveau, 67, of Lincoln, died peacefully on May 25.
She was born in Linden, N.J., on Feb. 1, 1942, to Rev. George Heck and Ruth (Dudde) Heck. She was a graduate of the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing and later went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics from UCLA. She worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., monitoring the
rotation of the earth for NASA spacecraft navigation.
She is survived by her husband Don, to whom she was married 44 years; her three children, Kevin, David and Heather; four grandchildren; and two brothers, George and John.
Her family says she spent her retirement in Lincoln doing the things she loved best: gardening, blazing trails on her property, sewing, serving as a board member and volunteer for the Lincoln Library, developing skill in tai chi, cooking, working on her dolls and doll houses, and reading. She generously shared her expertise in astronomy by doing “Starry Skies” presentations at the library. Relatives say if she wasn’t in Lincoln, you could find her in Virginia spending time with her grandchildren.
A memorial service is being planned. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Lincoln Library, 222 West River Rd., Lincoln, VT 05443.
William Benham Sr.
SALISBURY — William Thomas Benham Sr., 87, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born in Salisbury on Oct. 9, 1921. He was the son of Harry and Marion (Waterhouse) Benham. He received his early education in local Salisbury schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1939. On Feb. 13, 1941, he married Ruth Daniels in Torrington, Conn.
He worked at American Brass Company in Torrington when he entered the U.S. Navy in 1944. Following his honorable discharge in 1945 he returned to West Rutland, where he and his wife made their home until moving to Salisbury in 1982. While living in West Rutland he worked as an automobile mechanic until joining the staff at Central Vermont Public Service Corp. in 1958. He retired as a turbine operator in 1984 following 27 years of service.
He was a member of West Rutland American Legion Post 87. He belonged to St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge 25 F. & A.M. in Brandon. He was a life member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. He was also inducted as an Iron Dog Snowmobiler, only one of 100 that are accepted each year. Relatives say he enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and flying his Piper Cub.
Surviving is his wife of 68 years, Ruth Benham of Salisbury; a son, William T. Benham Jr. and his wife An Sim of Rutland; a daughter, Phyllis McAdoo and her husband Robert of Randolph; a sister, Ellen DaPonte of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., a son-in-law, Thomas Harte of West Rutland; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Harte, in December 1993 and a granddaughter.
A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at the convenience of the family, at the family lot in Holman Cemetery in Salisbury. Gary C. Stanley, a longtime family friend, will officiate.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland, VT 05701.