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Obituaries 06/11/09

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Maddalena Zullo

MIDDLEBURY — Maddalena Zullo, 87, of Middlebury died May 31, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born in Rutland on October 26, 1921, the daughter of Bartolameo Zullo and Frances Gallo Zullo.

She is survived by her two daughters, Frances Johnson of Cadyville, N.Y., and Marsha DeBonis of Monkton; one brother, Bernard Zullo of Rutland; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Rutland. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, across from the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics Vermont, 368 Avenue D, Suite 30, Williston, VT 05495.


Susan Heck Oliveau

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.

Susan is survived by her husband Don, to whom she was married 44 years; her three children, Kevin, David and Heather; her four grandchildren, Alexandra, Katryna, Jack and Peter; and her two brothers, George and John.

Susan 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. If she wasn’t in Lincoln, you could find her in Virginia spending time with her grandchildren.

Susan’s youthful, passionate and kind spirit will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends. She was well loved by all whose lives hers touched.

A memorial service is being planned. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Lincoln Library, 222 West River Rd., Lincoln, VT 05443.


Martha Francis

MIDDLEBURY — Martha Koshina Francis, loving mother and wife, left this world on the morning of June 6, 2009, age 93, after being cared for through her final days by her family and the wonderful staff of Addison County Home Health and Hospice and the Lodge at Otter Creek.

Martha was born in Greenwich, Conn., on March 27, 1916, the daughter of Anna and Joseph Koshina. She was educated in the schools of Greenwich and received her bachelor’s degree in education from Columbia University at the age of 20. She was the first in her family to have the opportunity to attend college. She then returned to Greenwich to teach upper elementary and middle-school grades until her marriage to Herbert Blakeslee Francis on June 19, 1948, in Greenwich.

Martha’s two children, H. Barry Francis of Weybridge, and Lee-Ann Francis of Rochester, N.H., were both born in Rhode Island where she and Hubby moved after their wedding. She continued to teach for the U.S. Navy at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station until returning to Trumbull, Conn., to live. Following her years in Trumbull she also resided in Victoria, Texas, and Simsbury, Conn., until retirement, when she and Hubby began 10 years of a perfect retirement in Foxfire Village, N.C. She refined her golf skills, entertained her friends, and shopped to her heart’s content until Herbert passed in 1994 and she returned to Simsbury, Conn. In 2008 she moved to the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury at the age of 92.

Martha’s spunk and tenacity were well known by all of her family and friends. Her love of her family was boundless. She always tried to do the right thing and rarely gave up on anything until her goals were achieved. She was a classy lady who helped as many as she could on her life’s journey. All who knew her also knew that they had a special privilege.

Her survivors include her children, H. Barry and Lee-Ann Francis; her beloved grandson, Joshua Francis of Bozeman, Mont., and granddaughter, Kara Francis, of Weybridge, of whom she was so proud; sisters, Doris Lindquist of Quantico, Md., Jane Stewart of San Antonio, Texas, and Valerie Michel, of Stockton, Calif. She is also survived by her many friends in Connecticut, North Carolina and Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Anna, her husband Herbert, and her brother Edward.

There will be a private service in Rochester, N.H., followed by her burial with Herbert in Rochester. A reception will be held in Middlebury at later date to be announced to thank all of those who cared for and loved Martha during her year in Middlebury.

The family requests that contributions in Martha’s memory be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Lydia Dragon

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Lydia E. (Hobbs) Dragon, 77, of Winchester, N.H., died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at home.

She was born the daughter of Edith (Hier) and Fred M. Hobbs on July 20, 1931, in Proctor, Vt.

She was educated in the Middlebury school system and completed the 11th grade at Middlebury High School before leaving to help the family. On April 18, 1949, she married Peter H. Dragon Sr. in Salisbury.

She lived in Salisbury and worked at Van Raalte Co. for many years.
She was a resident of Winchester for the past 20 years, and a resident of Swanzey, N.H., for more than 20 years before that.

She was employed at Plum Pak Co. in Winchester for the last five years as a line person. Prior to that, she worked for more than 25 years at Bradley’s Department Store in Keene. Family says she liked to work.

Her relatives say she enjoyed gardening, watching the birds, and crocheting. She also enjoyed helping others and doing charity work. She was a member of the Winchester Women’s Garden Club.

She is survived by her three children, Peter H. Dragon Jr. of East Swanzey, N.H., Susan A. Winter of Winchester, and Nancy M. Sullivan of Swanzey; her siblings, Albert Hobbs of Middlebury, Burton Hobbs of Pittsford, June Dragon of Swanzey, Barbara Loomis of Hydeville and Maureen Ash of Gansevoort, N.Y.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

She was predeceased by five siblings, Stewart Hobbs, Wayne Hobbs, Junior Hobbs, Bernard Hobbs and Carolyn Hobbs. Her husband of 51 years, Peter, died Oct. 31, 2000.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 8, with burial following in Mountain View Cemetery in South Swanzey, N.H.


Stanton Chandler

NEW HAVEN — Stanton R. Chandler, 89, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his home in New Haven with his daughter by his side.

He was born March 12, 1920, in Bridport, the son of Willard and Lodetta (Miller) Chandler.

He served in U.S. Army as a corporal from 1942 to 1946 during WW II in the Pacific theater. In January 1951 he married Viola Mae Booska, who predeceased him in April 1967. He married Mildred E. Stokes in June 1969. He retired from Agway after 27 years.

He is survived by eight children, David Chandler and wife Cynthia of Queensbury, N.Y.; Gary, Carol, Kirk and Jay Chandler, all of Middlebury; Lori Chandler and husband Doug of New Haven; Kris Chandler of Bridport; and Brian Chandler of Jericho. He is survived also by stepson Alan Stokes and wife Jackie of Westport, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Keith and Edwin Chandler; two brothers; and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, at New Haven Congregational Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. There will be no public calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Raymond Bourdeau

SALISBURY — Raymond O. Bourdeau, 75, died Friday evening, June 5, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 28, 1933, in Orwell, the son of the late Oscar and Dorothy (Beeman) Bourdeau. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Shoreham High School. Raymond married the love of his life, Leona Mitchell, on June 28, 1952, in Brandon.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury, a former member of the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the East Middlebury Fire Department, having served 15 years. He was formerly employed as the sales manager for Foster Motor for 37 years.

Raymond was an avid hunter and a great car salesman and he enjoyed going to garage sales, auctions, antiquing, snowmobiling, spending 14 winters in Fort Myers, Fla., until his failing health would not let him travel. He especially enjoyed family get-togethers and cookouts.

Survivors include his wife Leona (Mitchell) Bourdeau of Salisbury; his son, Rodney Bourdeau and his wife Brenda of Middlebury; his daughter, Linda Bourdeau of Stephenville, Texas; his sister, Nance Munson of Panton; his three grandchildren, Jared Bourdeau and his fiancée Amber Frazier of Salisbury, Katie Downs and her fiancé Jason Davis of Pittsford and Morgan Downs of Stephenville, Texas; his two step-grandchildren, Stephen Norris and his wife Jessy of Bridport and Laura Peck and her husband Mike of Speculator, N.Y.; by five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home. The Rev. Andre Houle officiated. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery in East Middlebury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Cora Billado

STARKSBORO — Cora L. Billado, 89, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home in Burlington.

She was born July 8, 1919, in Charlotte, the daughter of George and Mamie (Bell) Martin.

She married Arthur William Billado on July 17, 1935. He predeceased her on July 17, 1966.

Relatives say she enjoyed being with family and friends and going to senior dinners, and that she enjoyed life in general.

She is survived by four children, Arthur Billado and his companion Madeline of New Russia, N.Y., Wayne Billado and his wife Connie of Mountain Home, Ark.; James and Gerry Billado of Meriden, Conn., and Rose LaBonte of Fairfield, Vt.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, seven siblings and a daughter-in-law.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, at Hinesburg United Church. Interment followed in Hinesburg Village Cemetery. Friends may call at Hinesburg United Church on Wednesday from 12 Noon up to the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Frederick "Chuck" Baser

BRISTOL — Frederick “Chuck” Baser, 31, died suddenly of natural causes Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his home in Bristol.

He was born Sept. 17, 1977, in Middlebury, the son of Frederick and Marian Baser.

He graduated from Mount Abraham High School and Colgate University, where he sang with Colgate 13. He was a member of Bristol Conservation Commission and was active in the restoration of Sycamore Park. Family says he loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, jack jumping and boating. He was a skilled woodworker and nothing pleased him more than a beautiful piece of wood. He touched many lives in small and profound ways.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Nicholas Baser and his wife Janel of Phillips, Maine, and Gregory Baser and his fiancée Nicole of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandparents Frederick and Nettie Baser and also Gertrude Burke; a niece and nephew; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Gerald Burke, and his aunt and uncle, Kathryn and Ned Henderickson.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Conservation Commission, Town of Bristol, P.O. Box 249, Bristol, VT 05443.

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