Thomas E. Wisell
RIPTON — Thomas E. Wisell, 70, of Ripton, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Middlebury, the son of the late Leo and Helen (Kilbride) Wisell.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed the company of his dog Flo. He was a self-employed logger for many years. He was an adherent of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his sister, Helen Anne Riley of Middlebury; sister-in-law Shirley Wisell of Middlebury; his very good friends Lee Herring Shaw and Annette Larock; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Jane Thulin; and a brother, James Wisell.
At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Robert Moody Thompson
LINCOLN — Robert Moody Thompson, 88, a lifelong resident of Starksboro and Lincoln, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare in Middlebury.
He was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Starksboro, the son of Vesper C. and Kate Belle (Moody) Thompson. He was the fourth of 11 children.
He graduated from Bristol High School in 1941. He went to work in an aircraft plant during WWII as a sheet metal worker. Later he returned to Starksboro and ran a logging and sawmill business with his brother Rudolph during the 1950s. He was proud to serve Starksboro as a representative in the state Legislature and as road commissioner. He ended his career working for the Vermont Highway Department. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Lincoln to care for his uncle, James Moody.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene (Blair) Thompson of Bristol; four daughters, Jeanette Adams and her husband James of Lincoln, Nilene Farnsworth of Bristol, Carol Taggart of Charlotte and Mary Thompson of Hyde Park, N.Y.; one son, Robert Thompson and his wife Tai of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Oletha Bickford of Middlebury and Leona Fawaz of California; one brother, Elwyn Thompson and his wife Vivian of Maryland; and six grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Celia Clime of Maryland and Theda Moran of Massachusetts, and four brothers, Warren Thompson of Bristol, Kenneth Thompson of White River Junction, and Rudolph Thompson and Vesper Thompson Jr., both of Starksboro.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. Interment will be at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. All are invited for the reception at the United Church of Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lincoln Historical Society, Lincoln, VT 05443.
Joseph J. Sinkew
MIDDLEBURY — Joseph J. Sinkew, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born October 2, 1926, in Elmira, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Stella (Gush) Sinkew.
He was retired from the United States Postal Service. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was an avid downhill skier and bow hunter and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. Family says he loved Vermont and the rural outdoor lifestyle it offered.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Burlington.
He is survived by a daughter, Natalie Sinkew of Burlington; a son, Michael Sinkew of North Bergen, N.J.; two foster sons, David Matot and David Vieira of Burlington; two sisters, Mary Garcia of Belen, N.M., and Pauline Pazzaglia of Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Veronica (Sekella) Sinkew, in 2002 and by his brother, Elias “John” Sinkew.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury, with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641-4124, or the ALS Association of Northern New England, Champlain Mill #13, Winooski, VT 05404.
Audrey Carole Reed
VERGENNES — Audrey Carole Reed, 66, of Vergennes died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.
She was born July 24, 1942, in Addison, the daughter of Charles Edward and Audrey (Wells) Reed.
She graduated from Vergennes Union High School and worked for many years at Porter Hospital in the laundry department. She was a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes as well as the Bixby Library. Family says she was a member of the Vergennes Congregational Church and enjoyed her church family, annual dinners and outings. She was an avid VUHS sports fan and rarely missed a sporting event.
She is survived by two brothers, Walter and his wife Peg of Addison and Robert and his wife Christine of Orleans; two nephews; three great-nephews; and a great-niece.
She was predeceased by her parents and a niece.
The family wishes to thank the Rev. Gary Lewis for his compassion and support given to Carole during her illness.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Vergennes Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Booster Club at Vergennes Union High School, 50 Monkton Road, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Virginia Mildred (Newman) Lawton
BRIDPORT — Virginia Mildred (Newman) Lawton, 86, of Bridport, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the Kathleen, Fla., home of her daughter, Lynda VL Hamilton, with her family at her side.
She was born in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 23, 1922, the daughter of George Newman and Mildred (Cole) Newman Pray.
She was the wife of the late Henry A. Lawton III.
She was a 1940 graduate of Coventry (R.I.) High School. She was the first Farm Family Insurance agent in Rhode Island and later earned her certified underwriter degree. She was a member of St. Andrew’s and St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church while she resided in Rhode Island.
She and her husband owned and operated the Lawton Dairy Farm in Cranston, R.I., until moving to Bridport in 1973. There they owned and operated Champlain Acres with their son. In 1989 they gave a portion of their farm in Scituate, R.I., to the town. Now known as the Lawton Farm, it offers a quiet place for all to enjoy nature as they did.
She is survived by two daughters, Lynda VL Hamilton and husband Ronald of Kathleen, Fla.; Lauren L. Mountford and husband Gordon of Foster, R.I.; her son and partner, Henry A. Lawton IV and wife Donna of Bridport; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two brothers, George Newman of Foster, R.I., and Burke Pray of Willingboro, N.J.; and four sisters, Shirley St. Germain of Jamestown. R.I., Jean Sheldon of Putnam, Conn., Patricia Coyle of Elfrida, Ariz.; and Lee Carol Niles of Foster, R.I.
She was predeceased by her husband and a sister, Jo-an Pray.
She was active in the town of Bridport with the historical society, the Congregational church, the Grange, the school and the government, where she held several positions.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Bridport Congregational Church. Interment will be in Rhode Island at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cancer Patients Support Program, P.O. Box 64700, Burlington, VT 05406; Bridport Historical Society, Bridport, VT 05734; or Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
June P. LaFountain
MIDDLEBURY — June P. LaFountain, 78, of Middlebury, died Jan. 29, 2009, of medical complications.
She was born June 3, 1930, in East Middlebury, the daughter of Grace (Sampson) Brown and Alvin Peck and stepdaughter of Edward “Buster” Brown.
Much of her childhood was spent at the East Middlebury home of the grandfather she called “Pa” Peck. She married Clifford R. LaFountain on April 23, 1948, and they settled in Weybridge at first.
She worked at many Middlebury businesses, including Van Raalte Manufacturing, Lockwood’s Diner, the Middlebury Inn, Middlebury College and Beau Ties Ltd.
She was an expert seamstress and quilter and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, doing puzzles and raising African violets.
In the past, she attended the Methodist church, held office in the Middlebury American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and was very involved in volunteer work, most recently making lap robes for veterans, nursing homes and hospitals.
She is survived by two daughters, Lois LaFountain and partner Bruce Brown of New Haven and Joy LaFountain and husband David Blongy of Leicester; a sister, Elizabeth Denney of Chittenango, N.Y.; a brother, John Sampson of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and many friends and neighbors at the Meadows.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1979 and by her son, Robert, in 2002.
According to her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial will be held Sunday, Feb. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion. Burial will be in the spring at West Salisbury Cemetery.
Helen Marian (Barnum) Kendall
GRANVILLE, N.Y. — Helen Marian (Barnum) Kendall, 96, a native of Monkton, died Jan. 31, 2009, at Orchard Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granville, N.Y. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.
John Stephen Kane
MESA, Ariz. — John Stephen Kane, 53, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Brandon, died Dec. 30, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz.
He was born Nov. 20, 1955, in Woodstock, the son of Edward E. and Marion J. (Sarner) Kane.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and enjoyed playing the guitar. He played in a number of music groups in the Brandon area.
Survivors include three children, Heather Carragher of Massachusetts and Melissa Kane and Andreas Utzelmann, both of Germany; two sisters, Susan Stanescki and husband John of Chicago, Ill., and Nancy Smith and husband Al of Harvard, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Karen Kane of Brandon, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Thomas and Patrick Kane.
A memorial service will be held in Harvard, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 14, with burial following at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Harvard. There will also be a memorial service in Brandon, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Brandon Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kairos Prison Ministry, 6903 University Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
Rhoda Elizabeth Haskell
FOREST DALE — Rhoda Elizabeth Haskell, 97, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born in Brandon on Feb. 24, 1911. She was the daughter of Daniel and Martha (Farr) Parmelee. She received her early education in local Brandon schools and graduated from Brandon High School in 1929. She attended Albany Business College and graduated in 1930. Following graduation she worked as a secretary in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She later worked as a secretary at the Brandon Training School, where she became a bookkeeper and office manager.
She married William Haskell in Schuylerville, N.Y., on Aug. 16, 1936. They made their home in Brandon until moving to Bennington in 1942. They owned and operated the Bennington Farm Equipment Company from 1952 until their retirement in 1975. In 1977 they moved back to Forest Dale to be near their son and his family. Family says she enjoyed her home and family and was a quiet lady and loving wife and mother.
She is survived by a son, Henry W. Haskell and his wife Brenda of Salisbury, and a granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2001; a sister, Alice Rolfe; and three brothers, Charles Parmelee, Leland Parmelee and Gale Parmelee Sr.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Timothy Taylor, pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.