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Obituaries 06/18/09

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Robert Anderson

FERRISBURGH — The family of Robert E. Anderson, 69, who died on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, will hold a memorial service on Sunday, June 28, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 14, 100 Armory Lane, Vergennes.

He was born in Burlington on Oct. 23, 1939, the son of Charles and Ellen (Beaman) Anderson. He was a graduate of Vergennes High School. He served eight years in the Vermont Army National Guard. On May 12, 1961, he married Bess Phoebus.

He was a farmer for 35 years. He was a former grand master for the state of Vermont of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was a member in good standing of the American Legion.

In his memory, donations may be sent to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or the Children’s Miracle Network, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Development Office — 4610H4, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.


Frank Rother

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Frank A. Rother, 87, of South Burlington and formerly of Middlebury and Bridport, died in his sleep on June 15, 2009.

He was born Nov. 16, 1921, and raised on Long Island, N.Y., the only child of Albert F. and Hermine V. Rother, both of whom immigrated to the United States in 1912.

He graduated from Roslyn High School on Long Island and in 1942 received a degree from the Rochester Athenaeum and Institute in his field of professional photography and darkroom technology. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1944, and worked for DuPont and IBM before becoming manager of the Spies Camera Shop in Garden City, N.Y.

He moved to Vermont with his family in 1961. He was the proprietor of the F&M Rother General Store in Bridport for seven years and was able to get back to his darkroom work during the 1970s as co-owner of the Rother Studio of Photography, eventually learning color processing.

During retirement, he worked for many years at the Ilsley Library and at ADD-ON Distributing Inc. in South Burlington, as well as serving as a volunteer driver in Addison County. He was a member of the Professional Photographers Associations of Vermont and New England, as well as a member of the Middlebury Lions Club, the Bridport Grange and the Bridport Masons.

He is survived by two daughters, Victoria (David) Ross of Sanibel, Fla., and Lorraine (Daniel) Nourse of Carson City, Nev.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

He will be laid to rest with his parents in the Brookville Cemetery on Long Island. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the families.
Donations may be made in his name to the Vermont Association for the Blind, 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403, and cards may be sent in care of his family to 7 Aspen Drive #211, South Burlington, VT 05403.


Raymond Holbrook

BRANDON — Raymond Charles Holbrook, 26, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at his home in Brandon.

He was born in Middlebury on Jan. 6, 1983. He was the son of Charles and Elaine (Gill) Holbrook II. He grew up in Ripton where he received his early education. He attended Middlebury High School, class of 2001.

He was a resident of Brandon for the past year and a half. He was a journeyman brick mason and stonemason. In the winter months he worked at Middlebury Snow Bowl as a member of the snowmaking team. Friends say he enjoyed playing softball and hunting. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Miami Dolphins. His passion was fishing. He was an accomplished fly fisherman as well. He loved spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Charles Holbrook II and fiancée Louise Smith of Ripton; his mother, Elaine McCray and stepfather Jerry of Forest Dale; his brother, Charles Holbrook III of Forest Dale; his paternal grandmother, Elaine Holbrook of Salisbury; his maternal grandmother, Jeanine Gill of Whiting; his partner-in-life, Christina Keane of Brandon; and his adopted family, Orrin, April, Heather and Melissa Smith.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Charles Holbrook I, and his maternal grandfather, Raymond Gill Jr.

The memorial service “In Celebration of His Life” will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion. Gary Stanley, a family friend, will officiate. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends for a time of fellowship and remembrance.

There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Middlebury American Legion, c/o Finance Officer Joe DeGray, P.O. Box 28, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


George Ward

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — George M. “Bud” Ward, 89, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Feb. 26, 2009.

He was born in New Haven on June 4, 1919, to Washington and Katherine (Merrill) Ward. He was an only child.

He attended the University of Vermont and earned his B.S. in animal husbandry in 1941. He then attended Rutgers University, where he received his master’s degree in 1943. He then served two years in the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic. Upon his return, he attended Michigan State University and earned his doctorate in dairy science in 1950.

While attending Michigan State, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Hupp. After a short courtship, the couple married on Sept. 11, 1948. They continued to live a few years in Lansing, Mich., where he was an assistant professor at Michigan State. In 1955, he accepted an associate professor position at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. He retired from Kansas State in 1984 after 29 years as a professor of dairy science.

After his mother’s death in 1988, he and his wife sold their home in Manhattan and set out to travel the U.S. in their motor home. They enjoyed several years touring about until they settled in Mustang, Okla., in 1997.

Relatives say he was very dedicated to his family. He enjoyed cooking, traveling, reading, playing cards and chatting with everybody about almost anything. He had a very sharp mind and enjoyed using it.

He is survived by his three sons, Charles, Robert and William; their wives; seven grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy.

A celebration of his life and inurnment service will take place at the New Haven Cemetery on July 11, 2009, at 11 a.m. A 12:30 p.m. lunch reception with the family will follow at Rosie’s in Middlebury. All who knew him are welcome.


Howard and Kolona Zeno

BRISTOL — The family of Howard R. Zeno (Aug. 17, 1931-Dec. 5, 2008) and Kolona O. (Corliss) Zeno (June 17, 1932-Nov. 30, 2008) will hold a graveside memorial service on Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.

Following the service, family and friends are invited to come together at Evelyn Smith’s home, 5067 Mountain Rd., Bristol. Take the first right turn after the Bristol Pond Access heading north from Burpee Road, off Monkton Road. It is the second house on the right. Or call Vicky for directions at (802) 372-3893 or (802) 363-0895.


Jane Connors

WINOOSKI — Jane Galley Connors, 76, of Winooski, died unexpectedly after a very brief illness at Fletcher Allen Health Care on June 3, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was a former Vergennes resident.

She was well known for her love of laughter, movies, music, books and spending time with her family and friends. The seaside was always her favorite place to be and family says her love of steamed lobster is legendary. Seeing her adult children spend time together brought the biggest smile to her face and she got great satisfaction from her work with the Senior Companion Program.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Sandra Galley of Andover, Mass.; her son Martin Connors of Winooski; her daughter Christine Connors of England; her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle (Connors) and Stephen Place of Fletcher; her longtime friend and companion, Al Walskey of West Berkshire; five grandchildren; and many close friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Howard E. and Viola Galley of Andover, Mass., and her brother Howard Galley of Jersey City, N.J.

As per her wishes there will be no funeral service.


Lula Chamberlain

NEW HAVEN/NORTH FERRISBURGH — Lula (O’Bryan) Chamberlain, 87, died June 10, 2009.

She was born May 3, 1922, in Bristol, a twin daughter to Ralph and Era O’Bryan. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1940 and then married the love of her life, Harold Chamberlain, on July 13, 1940, in Vergennes.

She worked at the Dog Team Tavern, Van Raalte in Bristol and later at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes. She and her husband raised their family in New Haven. During retirement they had a cottage at Long Point in Ferrisburgh and later settled in Marietta, Ga.

Relatives say Lula will be remembered for her sweetness and for always having homemade goodies for her family and friends when they stopped by. She enjoyed picking berries and wildflowers and gardening and family says she had the prettiest flowers on the block.

She is survived by three children, Edwin Chamberlain and his wife Diane of Marietta, Ga., Harold “Fred” Chamberlain and Susan Robbins of Burlington, and Mary Shaw and her husband “Butch” of Florence; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Vern O’Bryan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Harold, in 2008; daughters, Jane in 2008 and Lorraine in 1944; one great-grandchild; and five brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at the Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh at a later date. Contributions (in memory of her daughter Jane Joy) may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, VT-NH Affiliate, PO Box 2496, Manchester, VT 05255.

Private condolences may be expressed by visiting www.barnardfuneralhome.com.

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