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Obituaries 07/09/09

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Ella Smith

BRIDPORT — Ella E. Smith, 85, of Bridport died of Alzheimer’s disease on July 3, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born Feb. 12, 1924, in Granville, the daughter of Rob and Lottie (Chatterton) Ford.

She grew up on her family farm, attending school in the village in Granville. She worked in the veneer mill in Hancock and at the Van Raalte factory in Middlebury before marrying Archie Smith in 1953 and moving to Bridport, where she spent the rest of her life in the home he had built for them.

She volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary and the Grange for many years as well as baked pies for the West Addison Methodist Church.

Since 2003 she was a regular participant at Project Independence in Middlebury where family says she loved all her days.

She is survived by two daughters, Charlene Smith of San Francisco, Calif., and Valerie Smith-Hastings and her husband Kenn Hastings of Bridport who, along with their three sons, shared their home with her. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Addison County.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Ted Ford of Granville and Robert Ford of New Haven.

There will be a celebration of her life “up on the hill” in Granville in September.
Memorial donations may be made to Elderly Services, Project Independence, 112 Exchange Street, PO Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Beverly Rule

RUTLAND — Beverly G. Rule, 49, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Born March 6, 1960, in Arlington County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Violet (Ganoe) Mitchell.

She was a graduate of Winchester (Va.) High School and was a resident of Rutland for the past 20 years, having previously lived in Brandon and Middlebury. She was a former employee of Simmons Aircraft and Holiday Inn. Family says she was a loving and caring mother.

Family members include three sons, Brett Jamie Swain of Burlington and William Jessie Rule and Chad M. Rule, both of Middlebury; one daughter, Danielle R. Swain of Pittsford; four sisters, Nadine Sanderson of Frederickburg, Va., Cindy Pratt of Middlebury, Robin Mitchell of Naples, Fla., and Joanie Ridnour of Pasadena, Md.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, July 10, at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury, with the Rev. Gary Lewis, pastor of the Vergennes Congregational Church, officiating.

There will be no calling hours.


Sandy Nicklaw

LEICESTER — Sandra Lee “Sandy” Nicklaw, 56, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Mountain View Center in Rutland.

She was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., on April 8, 1953, the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Wood) Bessette. She grew up in Ticonderoga and Witherbee, N.Y. She graduated from Moriah (N.Y.) Central School.

She worked for many years as an LNA at Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She later provided home health care in a private-duty setting. She also worked at the Vermont Teddy Bear Co. in Shelburne during holiday periods. Family says she enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Rick Nicklaw of Leicester, whom she married Feb. 11, 1994, in Brandon; three sons, Jorel Gravelle of Burlington and Ricky Nicklaw and Ryan Nicklaw, both of Leicester; four daughters, Holly Brown of Port Henry, N.Y., Bille Jo Gravelle and Becky Lee Gravelle, both of Rutland, and Katie Nicklaw of Leicester; three brothers, Howard Bessette of Florida and Todd Bessette and Paul Hagey Jr., both of Lewis, N.Y.; two sisters, Lola Bessette of Moriah, N.Y., and Agnes Thatcher of Crown Point, N.Y.; and 12 grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Ringey; a son, Jason Gravelle; a brother, Eddie Bessette; and her stepfather, Paul Hagey Sr.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at the Leicester Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Philip Smith, pastor, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at Brookside Cemetery in Leicester.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Leicester Church of the Nazarene, 50 Leicester-Whiting Road, Leicester, VT 05733.


Raymond Mallette

BRANDON — Raymond Albert Mallette Sr., 68, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home in Brandon.

He was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., on May 14, 1941, the son of Albert and Lucille (Fish) Mallette. He graduated from Sheldon (Conn.) High School, class of 1959. He attended the Davey Tree Expert School in Kent, Ohio.

He moved to Orwell in 1966, where he owned and operated Ray’s Tree Service. He also worked at Vaillancourt Tree Service for several years. He also worked in Oklahoma removing old oil rigs. He retired in 1994 due to failing health. He had been a resident of Brandon since 1988.

He is survived by his mother, Lucille (Fish) Mallette of Schroon Lake, N.Y.; four sons, Raymond A. Mallette Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla., William J. Mallette of Oklahoma, Jeffrey A. Mallette of Forest Dale and Matthew J. Mallette of Brandon; one daughter, Renée Garcia of Derby, Conn.; two sisters, Agnes Mary Lohman of Florida and Marilee Joyce Begnoche of Ansonia, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 11, at noon, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Gary Stanley, a family friend, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will follow, in the family lot, at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial gifts may be made to Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05702, or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Richard Janson

VERGENNES — Richard H. Janson, 84, of Vergennes died Sunday, July 5, 2009.
He was a long-time resident of Shelburne and Vergennes, a former professor of art and architectural history, and chairman of the art department at the University of Vermont.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn and her son Tyler; his children, Charles, George, Anne and Jean; his previous wife Ellen; and many children-in-law and grandchildren.

A memorial will be planned for a later date.


Roy Carlson

NORTH FERRISBURGH/ODELL, Ore. — Roy N. Carlson, 98, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Burlington.

He was born April 25, 1911, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Charles and Lena Freeman Carlson.

He graduated from Burlington High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was a member of Patriot Lodge 33 F&AM in Hinesburg, and Shriners Scottish Rite. He worked for Hagar Hardware for over 30 years in Burlington.

He married Evelyn Trudo in 1953. They made their home in Starksboro, and she predeceased him 1967. In 1970 he moved to Oregon. He married Viola Vance in 1972 and they lived there together for 37 years. He moved back to Vermont in 2007 after Viola died.

He is survived by six children, Faith Fuller and husband Charles of Selkirk, N.Y., Lawrence Carlson of Waltham, David Carlson and wife Linda of Alburg, twin daughters, Edith Fraser of North Ferrisburgh and Evelyn Little and husband Lester of North Ferrisburgh, and Karl Carlson and companion Barbara of Oregon; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two stepchildren, Richard and Edward Vance.

He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Carlson, in 1995.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Highgate Center Cemetery in Highgate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boston Shriners Children Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


Richard Berry

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Richard P. Berry of Goffstown, N.H., died June 21, 2009, surrounded by his family at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Born Dec. 6, 1916, in Littleton, N.H., he was the son of Clyde A. Berry and Grace (Golden) Berry. He was preceded in death by his brother Edson. He served as a bombardier instructor in WW II in the Army Air Corps and was an engineer for New England Telephone Co. for 32 years.

Mr. Berry was a licensed Methodist lay minister for 45 years. He was an avid skier and golfer. A member of the National Ski Patrol at Cannon Mountain, he skied with his great-grandchildren at Middlebury’s Snow Bowl until the age of 88. As a golfer he scored a hole in one in 1969 where he was also the Senior Club Champion in 1991. At age 87 he achieved the unlikely accomplishment of shooting below his age. He will be well remembered for his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie (Mason) Berry of 70 years; his three children, daughter Sharon (Berry) Klinck of Cornwall, his sons Scott Berry of Simsbury, Conn., and Peter Berry of Pelham, N.H.; granddaughter Anne (Klinck) Cluss of Middlebury and grandson Jack Klinck of Wellesley, Mass., plus granddaughters Kelly Berry, Margaret Berry and Katherine Berry; five great-grandchildren, Charlie and Julia Cluss of Middlebury, and Jessie, Philip and Mason Klinck of Wellesley, Mass.; and countless friends to whom his family will be forever grateful — and especially to Dr. Carrie Wulfman, who spent the last several hours of his life at his bedside supporting him and his family.

A memorial service was held in New Hampshire on June 26.

The family encourages all who wish to honor Dick to make memorial contributions in his name to Porter Medical Center/HPHRC at 115 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753, where the caregivers cared for him and his family so lovingly and expertly in his last days.


Mary Maheu

FOREST DALE — The graveside committal service and burial for Mary Miller Maheu, 93, who died Jan. 20, 2009, will be held Friday, July 10, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

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