BRISTOL — Jonathan Lawrence Osborne Brown, 25, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at his home in Bristol.
He was born April 10, 1984, in Charlestown, S.C., the son of Lawrence Brown and Sandra LaFrance Krueger.
He is survived by his mother, Sandra Krueger and husband Paul of Lakeland, Fla.; his father, Lawrence Brown and wife Grace of Annapolis, Md.; his sister, Jennifer Bivins and husband Willie of Lakeland, Fla.; his grandparents, Ozzie and Alfreda LaFrance of Bristol and Arlene and Richard Brown; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 20, at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes. There will be no public calling hours.
MONKTON — Kelly Ann Bruner, 41, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 12, 2009, while boating on Cedar Lake in Monkton.
She was born on March 4, 1968, in Boston, Mass. She was a 1986 graduate of South Burlington High School and a graduate of Trinity College.
Following college she was employed in the banking industry as a bookkeeper/accountant for several years and was a bookkeeper for A. Johnson Lumber Company in Bristol. Family says she was an accomplished gardener and cook. She was an animal lover and devoted her time to the foster care program at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. She also loved to ride horses.
She is survived by her parents, Harvey and Joyce (Flanders) Bruner of Essex; her very special friend, Ken Palmer of Monkton; siblings, Dennis Bruner and wife Luci of Berkshire, Rodney Bruner and wife Cindy of Underhill Center, Timothy Bruner of Colchester, and Kandy Schmidt of Burlington; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call at the Ready Funeral Home at 261 Shelburne Rd. in Burlington on Thursday, July 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
NEW HAVEN/NORTH FERRISBURGH — Graveside services for Lula (O’Bryan) Chamberlain, 87, who died June 10, 2009, will be held Saturday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Gage Cemetery on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh.
A reception will follow at the Ferrisburgh Center Methodist Church.
WALTHAM — Suzanne Elinor (Wood) Kuehn, 71, died July 14, 2009, after a battle with C.O.P.D.
She was born Dec. 19, 1937, to Dr. and Mrs. Ledger Wood in Albany, N.Y.
Family says she enjoyed bridge, garden club, red hat club, shopping, eating out and her church. She mostly enjoyed being social. She would travel with her friends for long weekends. She also traveled and lived in Germany and Turkey with her family. She loved her cats.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Walter Kuehn; her four children, Gregory, Walter (Wayne), Catherine and Rebecca; and eight grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held at the Victory Baptist Church in Waltham on Thursday, July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Waltham on Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Mr. Einollah Samimi, 83, died July 12, 2009, in Springfield, Mass., surrounded by his loving family, including a daughter who resides in Bristol, Vt. He lived in Wilbraham, Mass., for the past 15 years.
He was born June 28, 1926, in Kooshkak, Abadeh, Iran, and spent the greater part of his life in his native Iran. Family said that as a fifth-generation Baha’i his life was guided by the principles of his faith — service, compassion and the oneness of humankind.
In his professional life, he served his country as a colonel in the Imperial Iranian Army. Near the time of the Iranian revolution, his steadfast commitment to his religious beliefs led to his dismissal from his post. At that time he chose to remain in Iran, becoming a farmer near the city of Isfahan. He eventually donated his land to the Baha’i community of Iran to be used as a future site for a Baha’i agricultural university.
After moving to Wilbraham, he actively created a new life for himself and his wife. He was a passionate gardener, sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and family. In his determination to learn English he would attempt reading the most difficult books he could find. Despite the language barrier that remained, he did not let this keep him from serving his community. Whether providing refreshments for Sunday school, tending to community gardens, or supporting interfaith events, he remained an ever-present and vital fixture of our lives.
Family recalled that he and his wife worked as a team in all their endeavors, and the principle of equality of men and women was manifested in their partnership. They said his life was devoted to service to others, and he was an example of kindness to his children and grandchildren and emphasized the importance of academic and spiritual education.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Behjat Siasizadeh Samimi; two sons, Bijan Samimi and Behzad Samimi; two daughters, Minoo and her husband Mashi Moghaddam, and Mitra and her husband Gary Urich of Bristol, Vt.; two daughters-in-law, Marzieh and Dunchai; seven grandchildren, Hajir and his wife Jennifer, Shaghayegh and her husband Peter DeNoble, Farzad and his wife Hiwet, Parisa, Sierra, Vahid and Soraya; a great-grandson, Aidan Nabil; and a second great-grandson expected in November.
MIDDLEBURY — Peter Schofield, 71, died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Middlebury.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1937, in Timperley, England, the son of E. Ronald and Edna Davies Schofield. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University and a law degree from the University of Utah. Relatives say he believed that the pursuit of knowledge is never complete and impressed this belief upon those who were close to him.
He is survived by his siblings, Wendy and Michael Schofield; his immediate family, Sandy, Carolyn, Jamie, Jonathan, Julia, Nathalie and Zainab Schofield, Alice Pell and Makoa Kaleo; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the pavilion at Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte. Friends and family are invited to join this celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the New England chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
RUTLAND — Shelley Ann Stacey, 49, died Monday, July 13, 2009, following a long illness, at her home in Rutland.
She was born in Fort Sill, Okla., on Dec. 31, 1959. She was the daughter of David and Janice (Hebert) Connors.
She moved to Manchester with her family at an early age. She received her early education in local Manchester schools. She graduated from Burr & Burton High School, class of 1977. She furthered her education at the University of Vermont.
She was a former resident of Middlebury and worked in public relations at Porter Hospital in Middlebury from 1985 until 1995, retiring due to falling health. Family says she loved animals, was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls.
She is survived by two daughters, Rachael Cameron Stacey and Lauren Theresa Stacey, both of Leicester; a son, Dylan Stacey of Pittsford; two brothers, Mark Cameron of Manchester and Steve Cameron of Rutland; two nieces; and several cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, David and Janice Connors.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in the family lot at West Salisbury Cemetery.
There are no public calling hours.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.