Rev. Charles Graham
MIDDLEBURY — The Rev. Charles N. Graham, 67, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, in Clarendon. He was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Bennington, the son of Harley and Jean Burt Graham.
He graduated from Bennington High in 1960 and attended Union College in Barbourville, Ky., where he earned a B.A. in 1964. After college he attended seminary in Ohio, and he received a Master of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School and was ordained a minister in 1967.
The Rev. Graham served as the pastor of several churches in his career, almost all in and around Vermont, including in Essex, N.Y.; Hardwick, Grand Isle and North Hero, the Monkton Friends Methodist Church and the Bristol Federated Church. He retired from Bristol and Monkton in 2008 after serving there for 17 years. For the past year, he attended the Middlebury United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Graham loved dogs. He owned five cocker spaniels in his life, including King, Buffy, Misty, Sadie and Tuffles. He lived an active life, often walking his dog, attending local community events and visiting with friends and members of his church. He was a lover of history and civics, especially all things having to do with Vermont.
He is survived by his sister, Holly Jean Graham of Goffstown, N.H.; two nephews, Michael Josef Adamowicz and Matthew Aaron Adamowicz and wife Nicole, all of Waltham, Mass.; a grand-nephew, James; special cousin Janice Hogan of Cheshire, Conn.; and his beloved dog Tuffles.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Bristol Federated Church, with a graveside service following at Groton Village Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Bristol Federated Church, Attn. Rev Bill Elwell, 37 North St., Bristol, VT 05443, or Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
MIDDLEBURY — Winona Evelyn LaFountain, 67, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
She was born in Ripton on Sept. 2, 1942. She was the daughter of Rex and Vera (Manning) Barrows. She grew up in Ripton and Burlington.
She received her education in St. Joseph’s School in Burlington. In her earlier years she worked as a seamstress at Van Raalte in Middlebury. She also worked in the shipping department at Simmons Precision in Vergennes for several years. She moved to Brandon in 1981 from Bristol. She owned and operated the Pizza Corner on Union Street in Brandon for several years. She was a resident of Shoreham and Middlebury for the past five years.
She was a former member of the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and had belonged to the Bristol Archery Club.
She is survived by three sons, William LaFountain of Rutland, Robert LaFountain of Kingston, N.H., and Brent LaFountain of Bristol; three daughters, Lisa Lee of Shoreham, Leslie Kimball of Leicester and Lucinda Barry of Rutland; four brothers, Wayne Barrows and Clifford “Skip” Barrows, both of Vergennes, William Barrows of Monkton and Raymond Barrows of St. George; four sisters, Marjorie Benedict of Bristol, Joy Tatro of Monkton, Shirley Chapman of Middlebury and Gala Densmore of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Buzzy Barrows, Jacky Barrows and Rex Barrows Jr.; and four sisters, Pauline Barrows, Dolly Jewtrix, Sandra Blackmer and Judy LaDue.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor, will be the celebrant. Following the Mass the family will receive friends in the church parish hall, for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
Memorial gifts may be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home, Recreation Fund for the Residents, Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
VERGENNES — John Paul Martel, 52, of Vergennes, died Saturday morning, Sept. 5, 2009, at Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 6, 1956, in Burlington, the son of the late Thomas Paul and Janet (Maisoneauve) Martel.
He lived his childhood years in Burlington and then moved to Barre, attending Saint Monica’s Catholic School until eighth grade, then graduating from Spaulding High School, class of 1975. He also attended the University of Vermont and Trinity College.
His family says he enjoyed football, baseball, fishing and going to dollar stores and yard sales. He was an amazing artist, a wonderful cook and a talented harmonica player.
He is survived by his sister, Paula Duchaine of Salisbury; his brother, Jim Martel of Connecticut; his Aunt Kitty; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father in 1978; his mother in 2008; and his brother, Thomas L. Martel, in 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen House, 17 Court St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Hope Cemetery in Barre.
BRANDON — Wilson H. “Bill” Tarble, 80, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, in Woonsocket, R.I.
He was born in Rutland and received his education in Brandon. He resided in Scituate and Woonsocket, R.I. He was a graduate of Bryant College.
He spent most of his professional career employed by Union Paper Company and the Foxon Company of Providence, R.I.
He was a veteran of WW II, having served with the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by two sons, Douglas Tarble of Bolivia, N.C., and James Tarble of Yuba City, Calif.; two daughters, Patricia Belanger of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Nancy Stokes of Woonsocket, R.I.; three stepdaughters, Cheryl (Lee) Nelson of North Carolina, and Michelle Nesmith and Bethany Lizotte, both of Cranston, R.I.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his former wife, Doris (Courtemanche) Tarble of Woonsocket, R.I.
He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Tarble.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 12, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Winfield and Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Rd., Scituate, R.I.
Memorial gifts may be made to Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.