BURLINGTON — Leona Alice (Viscardo) “Lee” Betz, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in Burlington.
She was born in Goshen, N.Y., on July 12, 1938, to Pearl and Sabatino Viscardo. On April 27, 1957, she married her high school sweetheart, John E. Betz Jr. She was raised in Rockaway, N.J., and moved to Vermont in 1967.
She started her caregiving at and early age, caring for her mom, who suffered from Huntington’s disease. Throughout her life she cared for many wonderful people, including her father-in-law, John Edward Betz Sr. She worked at Brandon Training School, and later worked with the elderly in her home and eventually establishing Betz’s Community Care Home.
Her relatives say she honed her caregiving skills raising seven children, and loving eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, John E. Betz Jr.; her daughters, Sharon Bushey and husband Bradley, Patty Betz, Mary Dion and husband Dan, and Maureen Hanson and husband Bruce; her son, Fritz Betz and his partner Sharon Manwaring; her grandchildren; her brother Frank Viscardo and his wife Marge; her stepmother, Audrey Viscardo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Shirley and Barbara; and her two sons, John E. Betz III and Stephen Betz.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol, with interment in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial donations may be made to the COTS shelter at her request: COTS, 179 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 or www.cotsonline.org.
MIDDLEBURY — Graveside committal services for Kathleen E. Easton of Middlebury, who died Sept. 22, 2009, will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. in Lakeview Cemetery, Shoreham.
A reception will follow in the Shoreham Congregational Church hall.
WALLINGFORD — Janice Eleanor Murphy, 56, of Wallingford, died Sept. 29, 2009, in the loving presence of her caregivers and friends.
She was born on Nov. 21, 1952, to Arthur and Eleanor Murphy of Bennington. She was a resident of Brandon Training School for many years and was the joy of her home providers, Gary and Susan Miller-Wade, for the last nine years.
She is survived by her parents of Bennington; her sister, Candace Heverly and brother-in-law Chike of Kennett Square, Pa.; her brother Kevin and sister-in-law Donna of Virginia; her maternal aunt, Ann Wentink of Carlsbad, Calif.; and a niece and nephew.
She will be remembered and honored in a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24, at the Community Access Program site at 78 South Main St. in Rutland. Those close to her are encouraging her countless friends and acquaintances to please bring their stories to share. All are welcome.
Memorial donations in her name may be made to Rutland Community Cupboard in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
BRIDPORT — Captain Luke D. Yustin, of the 4th Infantry Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army, a Bridport native, was killed on Sept. 26, 2009, in a motorcycle accident in Texas. Yustin, 25, was born and raised in Bridport, the son of David and Suzy Yustin.
He graduated with honors from Middlebury Union High School, where he was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams. He was active in his community as a Bridport volunteer fireman and as an EMT with first response Vermont State Police Auxiliary. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a devout Catholic.
He earned an Army scholarship to the Norwich Military College of Vermont. He graduated cum laude with a degree in history and completed expert level foreign language training in Germany.
He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, U.S. Army Aviation, and completed flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He was assigned to the 4th ID Aviation Brigade at Ft. Hood, Texas, where he served as a 1st lieutenant piloting CH-47 helicopters.
He deployed to Taji Air Base, Iraq, in June 2008, where he completed a full year of combat flight missions. He was awarded the Army Air Medal and promoted to captain in June 2009.
He was a member of the Ft. Hood Freedom Riders and enjoyed riding his Harley and driving his GTO. He was an active Republican and had intentions of entering politics upon completion of his military career.
Those who knew him said he was strongly devoted to his family and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his parents, David and Suzy Yustin; and his brother, SPC Logan Yustin, who is assigned to the 3/172 Infantry, U.S. Army National Guard; his grandmother, Pauline Bolduc; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury.
Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Monday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.