MIDDLEBURY — Elinor H. Deal, 89, died June 21, 2009, at her home in Middlebury, Vt. She was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Springfield, Mass., and grew up in Troy, N.Y., where she met and married John R. Deal Sr., also of Troy, N.Y.
She lived much of her adult life in Wellesley, Mass., and later lived in Denmark and Falmouth, Maine, and Bristol, Providence and Barrington, R.I., before settling in Middlebury in 2008.
Elinor was predeceased by her husband, John R. Deal Sr., and her brother James Ham of Rockville, Md.
She leaves her sister, Barbara Claflin of Bedford, Mass.; her children, John (Pete) R. Deal Jr. and his wife Patty of Barrington, R.I., Barbara M. Deal and her partner Ann Crocker of Monkton, Vt., and Thomas E. Deal and his wife Joanne of Ivoryton, Conn.; six grandchildren, Betsy, Sharon, Sarah, Hannah, Stephen, and Nathan; and four great-grandchildren, Ruby, Jack, Olivia and Liam; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were of primary importance to Elinor. She always had a tender heart for both children and animals. Her cat, Lily, was her constant companion in her later years. Elinor was also a lifetime volunteer involved in gardening, Girl Scouts, international visitors and the PTA.
A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley, Mass., on Saturday, July 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. A gathering will be held after the service.
Memorial gifts in Elinor’s name may be sent to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539.
FERRISBURGH — Albert D. DeVine, 92, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born March 6, 1917, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Ernest and Faith Chapman DeVine.
He grew up in Ferrisburgh and worked as a farmer and electrician, and at the Weeks School.
He was a gold medalist table tennis player at the National Senior Games and he was a semi-professional player since 1980. Also, he was a member of board of directors at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.
Family says he was an avid fisherman and canoeist, and enjoyed camping. They say he was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and Episcopalian.
He is survived by his son Jack DeVine and his wife Gloria of Ferrisburgh; his daughter Judy Langeway and her husband Alan of Ferrisburgh; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Doris (Palmer) DeVine, on Sept. 5, 1999; his brother, Karl DeVine; and a sister, Mary (DeVine) Rossier.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Vergennes. A reception will follow. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.
Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Monday, June 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions maybe made to St. Paul Episcopal Church, PO Box 196, Vergennes, VT 05491, or Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456.