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Obituaries 07/23/09

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Audrey Bates

MIDDLEBURY — Audrey E. Bates, 88, a resident of Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, died on June 29, 2009.

Audrey was born at home in Seymour, Conn., the daughter of Albert Wilkinson and Josephine Wilson Wilkinson, and sister of Lamont Wilkinson (deceased).

Audrey was trained on the pipe organ in New York City, and graduated from Larson College, which is now Quinnipiac College.

Audrey was married to John C. Bates on June 13, 1942.

Audrey worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service until the end of World War II, when she took time off to raise three children. And if that were not enough, she and John adopted a fourth and raised a foster child.

They lived in Branford, Conn., before moving to Wethersfield, Conn., where she reentered the workforce as a secretary at Hartford Hospital. She and John retired to their dream home in their dream town, Middlebury, where they became active in their church, their community and the Vermont Ethics Network.

John, her beloved husband, predeceased her on March 22, 1995.

Audrey leaves Douglas J. Bates and his wife Christina Cook of Portsmouth, N.H., and two children of a previous marriage, Kelli Daley and Kevin Bates, both of Weymouth, Mass.; the children of Stuart A. Bates, who predeceased her on Aug. 19, 2006, Eric Bates and his wife Lisa, of Lebanon, N.H., and Justin Bates and his wife Edna of Germany; Curtis M. Bates and his wife Kathy of New Britain, Conn., and their two children Melissa Doucette and her husband Jason Concatelli of Newington, Conn., and Elizabeth Bates of New Britain, Conn.; and Annette E. Aiken and her husband Michael of Santa Clarita, Calif., and their three children, Stephen, Christine and Jonathan, and Frances Smith of Fernadina Beach, Fla., and her daughter Cheryl.

Audrey also leaves 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday July 31, 2009, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. Audrey will be buried next to her husband John at noon on Friday, July 31, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont, 10 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602.


Neil Bean

VERGENNES — Neil Bean, 70, of St. Albans, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, in Temple, Texas, after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Coyle) Bean, a Vergennes native.
A full obituary with service information will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.


John H. Brown

GOSHEN — John H. Brown, 91, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Shard Villa in Salisbury after a long illness.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1917, in Williamstown, Mass., the son of Arthur M. and Pansy S. (Hull) Brown.

He was employed for many years as an inspector for the Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Corp. in East Hartford, Conn. He was also an artist and author and contributed a substantial amount of his artwork to Middlebury College. His relatives say he was a man who had a great appreciation for nature, fine arts and history.

He is survived by his close friends and caregivers Jon and Carol Bryant of Forest Dale and Nancy and Doug Graham of Goshen; a niece, Martha Rucker; and other nieces and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Alice (Cooke) Brown; a sister, Elizabeth Hoffman; and a niece, Janet Ellen Chickos.

Private services will take place in Eastlawn Cemetery in Williamstown, Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury, VT 05769.
Private condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.barnardfuneralhome.com.


Matthew Counter

SALISBURY — Matthew Counter, 95, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2009, at Shard Villa in Salisbury after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 5, 1914, the son of Albert and Margaret (Lacy) Counter. Matthew was a World War II veteran serving in France and was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury.

He built his first home in Burlington, where he attended UVM. He later became employed by General Electric, which he enjoyed and where he continued to work for many years until ill health forced him to retire early. While in Burlington he also joined the Knights of Columbus.

He later moved to Bridport to a quiet country environment where he would sit outside in his chair and the birds and squirrels would come and feed right out of his hands. Matthew loved the outdoors.

Matthew is survived by three sisters, Helen Betourney of East Middlebury, Alice Pennela of St. Pierce, Fla., and Rita Myrick and husband Robert of Bridport; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Lawrence; and three sisters, Loretta Myrick, Ruth Booska and Marie Seirra.

By his request a graveside service was held with family members and later a memorial Mass was offered at St. Mary’s in Middlebury. Both services were officiated by Fr. Brian O’Donnell of St. Mary’s Parish.

The family would like to extend our special thanks to the staff of Shard Villa for their special care and loving attention. We are also grateful to Mary Paquette and Larry Myrick (his niece and nephew), who were his guardians.

Matthew, may you rest in peace. With love, your family.


Richard Thomas Iffland Sr.

BRANDON — Richard Thomas Iffland Sr., 69, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in New York City on March 16, 1940. He grew up in Manhattan, N.Y., where he received his early education. He moved to Vermont with his family in 1954. He graduated from Burlington High School, class of 1958.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 until 1961. Following his honorable discharge he moved to Santa Barbara, Calif. He worked in retail at I-Magnum’s in Santa Barbara for many years. He moved to Whiting in 1979, where he owned and operated Dick’s Sports Gun Shop.

He was a past member of the Orwell Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a life member of the NRA. He had been a resident of Brandon since 2000.

He is survived by his son, Richard T. Iffland II of Whiting; a daughter, Megan Osborne of Allen, Texas; a brother, Robert Iffland of Chandler, Ariz.; a sister, Janet Evans of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Schneeburger Iffland, in April 1973.

The funeral service was held Monday, July 20, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Joseph Loa, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clarendon, officiated.

The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, followed in the family lot at Whiting Community Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Richard J. Janson

VERGENNES — A gathering in celebration of the life of Richard H. Janson will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont. Janson, who died on July 5 at the age of 84, was a long-time resident of Shelburne and Vergennes and director of the Fleming Museum from 1958 to 1977. All those who knew him as a friend, teacher, colleague or neighbor are invited to attend.


Harriet Joseph

MIDDLEBURY — Harriet (Bloomfield) Joseph of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Middlebury died peacefully of natural causes Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Middlebury at age 90. She was a longtime resident of Scarsdale and had lived at the Lodge at Otter Creek since it opened in 2008.

Born in Westmount, Montreal, in 1919, she attended McGill University, where she was women’s editor of the McGill Daily News. She earned her M.A. from Bryn Mawr in sociology.

She worked as a social worker during World War II. One task was placing babies of Canadian mothers, whose husbands had long been overseas and were not the babies’ fathers, in foster care when the husbands returned. For 30 years she taught at Pace University in Westchester, N.Y., as a full professor of literature. She was a Shakespearean scholar and author of “John Hall, Man and Physician,” a scholarly book in the field of medicine and Shakespeare studies.

She studied art history for years with Claude Marks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and participated in community theater productions in the 1950s and 1960s. She was a member of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y., since 1950. Her active participation in the Organization for Rehabilitation and Training (ORT) included running ORT study groups and giving erudite talks. She also wrote historical articles for MD Magazine. She was a member of the Authors Guild.

She was married to Edward D. Joseph, M.D., a psychoanalyst and professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in N.Y., who died in 1991. He was past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Together they collaborated on literary and psychoanalytic works such as those of Joseph Conrad and interpretations of Hamlet. She also collaborated in an off-Broadway take-off on Hamlet. Her book “John Hall” was the inspiration for the Broadway show “The Herbal Bed.” She ran an informal Shakespeare study group for years in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Relatives say she and her husband were avid tennis players and early aficionados of paddle tennis. She was also a great skater and walker, skills acquired in her Canadian upbringing. In her later years she enjoyed walking through Scarsdale Village and loved the Tudor architecture. She was delighted by her stay in Vermont and likened Middlebury village to her beloved Scarsdale Village. She attended Havurah in Middlebury.

She is survived by her three children: Leila Joseph of Lincoln, Alan Joseph of Menands, N.Y., and Brian Joseph of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are six grandsons; one great-grandson; and eight nieces and nephews.


Stephen Manning

MIDDLEBURY — Stephen Manning, 50, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Porter Hospital.
Born in Middlebury Aug. 30, 1958, he was the son of Glenn H. Sr. and Carol A. (Fitzgerald) Manning.

He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School, class of 1976. He served in the United States Army and was an employee of J.P. Carrara and Sons Inc. of Middlebury.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Family members include his father of Middlebury; two brothers, Glenn H. Manning Jr. and Martin T. Manning, both of Middlebury; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Carol Manning.

There will be no services.


Bethia Munger

MIDDLEBURY — Bethia (Noble) Munger, 85, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

Born in Benson Oct. 25, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Loren and Mabelle (Brown) Noble. She was the first girl to be born in the Noble family and was a seventh-generation descendent of Capt. John Noble, who settled in Benson in 1785.

She graduated from the two-year Benson High School and completed her high school education in Fair Haven, graduating from Fair Haven High School in 1941. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Sorority.

She taught home economics in Shelburne and Fair Haven high schools for six years and became Rutland County home-demonstration agent on Aug. 1, 1952, later working as home demonstration agent in Addison County, retiring on Oct. 31, 1983.

In 1969, Mrs. Munger received the National Distinguished Service Award from the National Home-Demonstration Agents Association. She also received recognition for outstanding radio programs from UVM Extension Service.

She was an honorary member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Services.

She married Donald N. Munger on June 30, 1946. He predeceased her in 1991. In addition, she was predeceased by a son, Eric, in 1984; by sisters Susan Musgrove in 1993 and Mary Jane Washburn in 2001; and by a brother, Roger Noble, in 1996.

She is survived by two sons, Wyd Munger and his wife Kathy of Fair Haven, Mass., and Todd Munger and his wife Victoria of Everett, Wash.; two daughters, Beth Ann Palmer and her husband Vincent of Newtown, Conn., and Senta Munger and her partner Marjorie Rucker of Middlebury; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Judith Munger of Benson.

Mrs. Munger was appointed to the first Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in 1964 by Gov. Philip Hoff and was made a life member of the Vermont Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1958. She served on the local school board in Benson and served on the Fair Haven Union High School board.

Beth was a member of the United Church of Benson, UCC; a 50-plus-year member of the Fair Haven Chapter 70 Order of Eastern Star; past matron of the former Ethan Allen Chapter OES of Benson; and a former member and past regent of the Ethan Allen Chapter DAR of Middlebury. She volunteered for various organizations including Project Independence and was a member of Robert Frost Senior Group in East Middlebury and the Porter Hospital bridge group. Beth and her husband spent 13 winters in Largo, Fla., where she served as president and program director for the Gulf View Park.

The family received friends at her home at 88 Charles Ave., Middlebury, on Tuesday. A memorial service was conducted Wednesday at the United Church of Benson, UCC, with the Rev. Holly Noble, pastor, and the Rev. Jill Robinson officiating. A reception followed at the church. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Benson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice or to the United Church of Benson.


Chester B. Scott

CLEVELAND, Ohio/RIPTON — Chester B. Scott, 82, died June 29, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a longtime summer resident of Ripton.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosemary; eight children; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

His family says he will be missed by all who came to visit on the porch to discuss the state of the world and enjoy the beauty of his home.


Marrion Elizabeth Waite

MONTPELIER/SHOREHAM — Marrion Elizabeth Waite, 96, died at the Gary Home in Montpelier on Friday, July 17, 2009.

She was born in Shoreham on Dec. 13, 1912, to Plin Willis Waite and Ella (Hathorne) Waite. She attended Middlebury High School, graduated from the University of Vermont in 1934 and the New York School of Social Work at Columbia University in 1935, and received her master’s degree in social work from the Boston University School of Social Work in 1952.

She was employed by the Emergency Relief Administration from 1934 to 1936; the Old Age Assistance Commission from 1936 to 1947; the Department of Social Welfare as a field representative for child welfare and public assistance from 1947 to 1967; and was director of community mental health programs from 1967 to 1975.

She was a board member of the Elizabeth Lund Home; on the board and president of the Vermont Conference of Social Concerns; a board member and chairman of Vermont Health Policy Corporation; on the board of the Development Disabilities Council; and a board member of the Washington County Cancer Society.

She was a member and governor for three years of the Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants; served as secretary and trustee of the Montpelier Woman’s Club; was chairman of the advisory board of the Montpelier Senior Center for seven years; and was director of the First National Bank in Orwell from 1956 to 1965.

She is survived by nieces Jean Waite of Sun City, Ariz., Ann Bielawski of Shelburne, and Mary Long and her husband Robert of Hancock; five great-nieces and -nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Norma Waite; and two brothers, Willis (Buzz) Waite and George Waite.

At her request, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to the Montpelier Senior Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier, VT 05602, or to the Platt Memorial Library, Shoreham, VT 05770.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.barber-lanier.com.


Fordyce Zeno

LINCOLN — Fordyce “Fordy” Zeno, 69, died with his family at his side July 17, 2009, at his home in Lincoln.

He was born Aug. 13, 1939, in Lincoln, the son of the late Fletcher and Rosalie Zeno.
Relatives say he loved his family, friends, cracking jokes, picking on people to make them laugh, and being outside.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Betty Zeno of Lincoln; five children, Laurie Sargent and husband Andy of New York, Leslie Sargent and wife Veronica of Lincoln, Randy Sargent and wife Patty of Bristol, David Zeno of Wisconsin, and Tracey of Wisconsin; a brother, Kenneth Zeno and wife Gwenneth of Lincoln; a sister, Flossie Kirby and husband John of Bristol; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Charlie Zeno; two nephews, Jason Kirby and Michael Zeno; and a niece, Pamela.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday July 24, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Green Mount Cemetery in Starksboro. There will be no public calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.

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