Mary Anna Bolduc
BRISTOL — Mary Anna (Cousino) Bolduc, 82, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.
She was born May 14, 1927, in Middlebury, the daughter of Felix and Delia (Provoncha) Cousino.
She married Josaphat Bolduc on June 14, 1948, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol and worked in the area at Van Raalte, Drake Smith, the Kountry Kupboard Restaurant and Bristol Elementary School. Her family says she enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Josaphat of Bristol; two children, Claudette Nelson and her husband Steven of Bristol, and Philip Bolduc and his wife Marie of Bristol; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul Cousino of Burlington and Robert Cousino of Monkton.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Raymond, and two sisters, Edith and Belle. She was also predeceased by a son, Luke.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. There will be no public calling hours. Memorial contributions maybe made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443.
BRISTOL — Eleanor Kazukynas Clark died at the age of 83 on Sept. 21 in Bristol. A remarkable woman, she touched the lives of so many during her 58-year career as a registered nurse.
Born on July 16, 1926, in Scranton, Pa., she was the second of four children of Victor and Adele (Klebauskas) Kazukynas. Always an excellent student, Eleanor graduated as salutatorian from John Fitch High School in 1943. She was among the first 17-year-olds to be admitted to St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, Conn., as a cadet in the “Cadet Nurse Corps” established by the U.S. government during WW II because of the shortage of nurses at home during the war.
She graduated in 1947, proud to be a registered nurse. Nursing was a profession she loved and to which she brought an enthusiasm, dedication and compassion admired by her colleagues and co-workers and appreciated by her many patients and their families.
She and her former husband, Charles S. Clark, moved with their three children to Cornwall in 1961. Eleanor continued her nursing career at Porter Hospital in Middlebury for more than 20 years. She returned to Connecticut in 1982 and continued her nursing career, mostly in geriatric nursing, which became her passion.
In 2005, at the age of 79, she reluctantly retired from nursing, leaving her supervisory position at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Conn., and returned to Middlebury to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Eleanor enjoyed many hobbies and was an excellent cook, baker, knitter and seamstress to the delight of family and friends. She entered her wonderful breads, pies and cakes at the Addison County Fair and Champlain Valley Exposition, winning top honors for her baking year after year.
She enthusiastically supported her children in their 4-H endeavors. Eleanor had her mother’s amazing knack for raising African violets. She was an avid fan of the Red Sox and UCONN women’s basketball and hated the Yankees! Most of all, she loved babies and the elderly, and they loved her. She was supportive of her family and friends, enthusiastic and funny, leaving a good legacy.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Victor Kazukynas Jr.; her brother-in-law Philip Schneider; and many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her three children: Elaine Clark and husband David Patterson of Limerick, Maine, Julie Vest and husband Paul Vest of Bristol, and Charles S. Clark Jr. of East Middlebury; and her former husband, Charles S. Clark and his wife Virginia Clark of Port Henry, N.Y.
Her surviving grandchildren are Michael Aberle, Matthew Aberle, Colin Duclos, Lea Duclos, Christopher Clark, Allison Clark and her great-grandchildren Amelia, Jack and Katharine Aberle. She is also survived by her sisters, Anne Schneider, widow of Philip, of Granby, Conn., and Theresa (Teri) Swift and husband John Swift of Center Harbor, N.H., and many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Carmon Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Ave., Route 75, Poquonock, Conn., from 4-7 p.m. At her request, Eleanor’s remains were cremated and inurnment will be at a private family ceremony.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1747 Poquonock Ave., Poquonock, Conn., followed by a reception in the Fr. Doherty Hall in the lower level of the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Eleanor faithfully donated to her parents’ favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and the Salvation Army. She also loved her time spent at Project Independence in Middlebury. Donations may be made in her memory.
A special thank you is made to Mary Bingham and her family of Bristol, who lovingly cared for Eleanor in their home for the past year, and brought peace of mind to her family knowing she was safe and happy.
BRISTOL — John “Jay” Masterson, 42, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston.
He was born Aug. 14, 1967, in Burlington, the son of John and Susan (Adams) Masterson.
He graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 1985, where he played baseball and basketball, and he attended Vermont Technical College.
He owned and operated Masterson Excavating. His family says he enjoyed hunting, NASCAR, watching his son Josh play football, watching old Western movies, and old Western history.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Masterson of Bristol; two children, Josh and Bridget Masterson; two stepchildren, Jarad and Mason West; his parents, John and Susan Masterson; two sisters, Robin and husband David Huizenga and their children of Monkton, and Terry Masterson of Williston; his mother- and father-in-law, Bernadette and Claude “Pops” LaBerge of Vergennes; and several aunts, uncles and cousins; he was predeceased by twin sons, John and Joseph.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460, or the Mount Abraham Football Association, 115 Airport Drive, Bristol, VT 05443.
WICKENSBURG, Ariz./NORTH FERRISBURGH — Jacqueline “Jackie” Ouellette, 83, died in Arizona on Aug. 9, 2009, with her loving family at her side.
She was born Jackie Griendon in Free Pond, Quebec, in 1926. She later married Gustave Ouellette and moved to Monkton. She attended St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes.
She worked for Simmonds Precision/B.F. Goodrich for many years.
Upon retirement, she and her husband lived in North Ferrisburgh, then Williston.
She was predeceased by her husband. In later years she moved to Arizona to be near her son Gary and his wife.
In addition to her son Gary and his wife, she is survived by six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 6, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Williston.
BRISTOL — Shaun Allen Steadman, 31, died peacefully on Sept. 27, 2009, in his home with his wife by his side after a long battle with cancer.
He was born June 12, 1978, in Middlebury, the son of Allen and Norma Kimball.
He married Jessica Martell on March 15, 2003.
He was a dedicated member of Bristol Fire Department and was first vice commander for the Sons of the American Legion Post 19.
He developed many special friends during this time. His relatives say he was known for his generosity and dedication to his friends, family and community.
His family says he enjoyed yearly golf trips to South Carolina with his great friend Kirk. During deer season he could be found at Hillsboro Inn, where he had many special unforgettable times with his best friends Mike, Chris, Kelly and Dave.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, Allen and Norma Kimball; his brothers, Ivan Steadman and wife Sue, Billy Steadman and wife Lisa, Kevin Steadman and wife Theresa, and Jeff Kimball; his sister, Julie Manning; his brother-in-law, Scott Manning; his father- and mother-in-law, Gregory and Rhonda Martell; his sister- and brother-in-law, Jamie and Scott Oberle; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Bristol Federated Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
PANTON — Paul L. Valois, 57, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, in Hilltop Lakes, Texas, doing what he loved best, flying his Cessna 210 “Big Mo,” named after his late father, Maurice, a WW II pilot.
He was born in Manville, R.I., on Dec. 8, 1951, the son of the late Maurice and Armande (Armstrong) Valois.
He is survived by his wife, Judi Fisher of Panton, and two his daughters Jennifer Valois of Boston, Mass., and Kelly Valois of Essex Junction. He is also survived by his stepsons, Christopher and wife Jennifer Fisher, and Justin and wife Rachelle Fisher; his sisters, Louise Peloquin and her husband Cameron of South Carolina, and Rachel Rickson of Rhode Island; seven step-grandchildren; Sylvie Valois, the mother of his children; and his brother-in-law Robert and wife Patricia Keagle. He also has many cherished nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his extremely close-knit family of Contact Communications employees.
Paul was a born entrepreneur and started his first business in Rhode Island as Lincoln Communications at age 21. Even as a child he was always building and tinkering. While working for the Rhode Island Department of Parks and Recreation, he started assembling two-way radio systems on his mother’s dining room table.
He had the ability and expertise to build any communication system. He built Contact Communications and Answering Service from a start up company 20 years ago into Vermont/New York’s leading communication company.
Paul was fluent in both French and English. He loved a challenge, and encouraged everyone to live up to their full potential. Although he was simple and unpretentious, he accomplished a lot. He was a blue jeans sort of guy who was uncomfortable in a suit.
Paul could fix anything and everything. Despite not having a traditional college education, Paul had a brilliant engineer’s mind, and could figure out anything. His motto was “where there’s a will there’s a way,” and he didn’t take no for an answer.
Paul loved children, and was a very loving, supportive and patient father. He raised his daughters to be independent thinkers, and to never be afraid to ask questions. Paul did not believe in shortcuts. There was only one way to do things: the “right way.”
He loved helping neighbors and friends; no job was too big or too small. He built a tower for the residents of Hilltop Lakes so they could have better cell service, and assisted numerous fire departments and rescue responders throughout Chittenden County. He was well loved and respected by his employees.
Paul was an exceptionally sunny and upbeat person. He had a great love for flying, and for all things aviation. He died at the top of his game, doing what he loved to do. Paul and Judi were to have been “snowbirds” in the fly-in community of Hilltop Lakes, Texas, where they had a second home. Paul’s plane went down on the final approach.
Paul was truly a larger-than-life man who was an inspiration and hero to so many.
A prayer service was held to celebrate Paul’s life at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Vergennes. In Paul’s memory donations may be sent to the Hilltop Lakes Fire Department, 6 Spring Road, Hilltop Lakes, TX 77871. To send online condolences please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
EAST HAMPTON, Conn. — William Francis White, 69, of East Hampton, Conn., died Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Middlesex Hospital. He was the husband of 47 years of Pamela “Penny” (Rand) White.
Born in Waltham, Mass., July 28, 1940, a son of the late Paul R. and Rita Beattie White, he was raised in Ferrisburgh. He graduated from Vergennes High School.
He was a long-time resident of East Hampton. He was the proprietor of PBW Enterprizes and had served an enlistment in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 671 and the Odd Fellows No. 56.
Besides his wife Penny, he is survived by his son, Brian White and his wife Dawn of Modesto, Calif.; his daughters, Rita Michaud and her husband Mitch, Rachel Farkas and her husband Lee, Rebecca Godwin and her husband Jeff, all of East Hampton, Phyllis Rodgers and her husband Gordon of Lebanon, and Polly White and her partner Bill Taylor of East Hampton.
Also, his sister, Bridget Leopold of Bristol; his brothers, Albert White of Ferrisburgh, Jack White of Vermont and Scott White of Essex; his stepmother, Marjorie White of Milton; his stepsisters, Patricia of Mallett’s Bay, Jill of Winooski and Helene of Oregon; stepbrothers, Richard of Essex, and Bruce, of Virginia; his sister- and brothers-in-law, Charlie Anderson of Middletown, Conn., Theodore and Lynn Rand of Pennsylvania, and James and Patricia Rand of Moosup, Conn.; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Paul R. White Jr.
Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the North Ferrisburgh Cemetery in North Ferrisburgh.