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Obituaries (08/25/08)

Warren B. Slocum

MIDDLEBURY — Warren B. Slocum, 83, of Middlebury died Thursday, Aug. 21, at Porter Medical Center. He was born in Middlebury on April 29, 1925.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, followed by a graveside interment service. A reception will follow at the Slocum residence in Chipman Park.

A full obituary will follow in a future edition of the Addison Independent.


Rachel M. Burnett

VERGENNES — Rachel M. Burnett, 91, died on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.  She was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Ferrisburgh, the daughter of Philip and Ellen (Porter) Ryder.

 She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Brace of Panton and Janice Wanzer of Ohio; a sister, Marjorie Bushey of Middlebury; a brother, William Ryder of Ferrisburgh; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie; a son, David; five sisters; a brother; a son-in-law; and two granddaughters.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 22, at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Obituaries (08/21/08)

Helga Neuse Whitcomb

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Helga Neuse Whitcomb, 74, of South Burlington died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, in Respite House in Williston, as a result of brain cancer. Helga was born in Middlebury on July 22, 1934, the daughter of Werner and Eloise Neuse.

She attended Middlebury schools until 1949 when she spent three years at Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, Mass. She attended Middlebury College and earned a B.A. in 1956 with majors in German and French, while at the same time pursuing her love of skiing and serving on the Ski Patrol.

She spent one summer in France as a governess for two children, and several years later, another summer as a member of a German-speaking group of the Experiment in International Living in Feldbach, Austria. In the fall of 1956, she became a teaching assistant in the doctoral program in German at Stanford University.

She pursued her doctoral studies and taught several courses in the Stanford German teaching program. At the conclusion of the academic year, on June 22, 1957, she married Richard O. Whitcomb, an acting instructor, also at Stanford.

In Geneva, N.Y., she was a research technician in pomology at the Cornell University Field Station. After raising a family in Wisconsin, Washington and Illinois, she became head of the inter-library loan department at Illinois State University in 1980. She spent eleven years as research librarian at ISU and retired in 1991.

In 1996, she returned with her husband Richard to Vermont where she lived in South Burlington for the next twelve years. According to family, she was an expert knitter and seamstress, an ardent letter writer, a dedicated gardener, a gourmet cook and a gifted chronicler of family memoirs, letters and diaries.

Obituaries (08/18/08)

Edith E. Sweet

FERRISBURGH — Edith E. Sweet, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. She was born July 6, 1926, in Hinesburg, the daughter of Daniel and Winona (Warren) Sweet.

 She is survived by two daughters, Jean Sweet of Ferrisburgh and Joan Freegard and her husband, Roger, of Vergennes; a son, David Sweet of Ferrisburgh; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her four brothers and four sisters.

 A graveside service was held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, South Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Michael A. Robarge

BERLIN — Michael A. Robarge, 50, of Berlin died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born July 3, 1958, in Middlebury, the son of Albert Robarge and Lorretta Robarge Hawkins.

He lived in Vergennes before moving to Berlin.

 He is survived by four daughters, Heather, Sara, Thomye, and Mikayla; three grandchildren; his mother, Lorretta, and her husband, Pete Hawkins.

He was predeceased by his father, Albert Robarge; and a brother, Jeff Robarge.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes.


Stephanie (Heyman) Masterson

LINCOLN — Stephanie (Heyman) Masterson, 58, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.  She was born June 8, 1950, in Proctor, the daughter of Walter Heyman and Patricia (Charron) Lafountain.

Obituaries (08/14/08)

Maynard R. Farr

SOUTH STARKSBORO — Maynard R. Farr, 84, of South Starksboro died Sunday Aug. 10, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.  He was born May 23, 1924, in Lincoln, the son of Seymour M. and Leah M. (Butterfield) Farr.

 He attended Lincoln schools. He married Barbara Morrill on Aug. 27, 1948, in Starksboro. He worked as a logger, then in the lumber mills, and the last 21 years as a truck driver for Robinson Oil Company of Bristol until his retirement in 1988.

Upon retiring he remained active, returning to work in the forest, which he loved. According to family, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

 He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Kathleen Bushey and her husband, Dale, of South Starksboro and Maxx Farr of Richmond; and a son, Terry Farr of Bristol; two grandsons and a granddaughter; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Muriel Orvis of Lincoln, Norma Carr of Bridport, and Eleanor Thompson and her husband, Fred, of Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Rolan.

 Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Lincoln United Church. Interment was in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Burnham Foundation, Lincoln Town Treasurer, Lincoln, VT 05443.


Janet S. June

BRANDON — Janet S. June, 97, died July 17, 2008, at Ashlar of Newtown, Conn. She was born in Warsaw, N.Y., on May 2, 1911, the daughter of John E. and Grace (Covert) Stainton.

She graduated from Rochester High School and Middlebury College, class of 1933. She taught for many years at Otter Valley Union High School.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Chase, of Danbury, Conn.; a son, David June, of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Milton T. June.

Obituaries (08/11/08)

Thomas “Tommy” Whitney

PANTON — Thomas “Tommy” Whitney, 44, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at his home in Panton surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 12, 1963, in Burlington, the son of James and Ann (Newville) Whitney.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Whitney, and his grandson, Heath, of Vergennes; his parents, James and Ann Whitney of Panton; a brother, Brian Whitney and his wife, Eileen, of South Hero; three sisters, Angela Whitney of Panton, Iris Whitney of Vergennes, and Melody Miller and her husband, Dale, of Addison; one niece; and several nephews.

He was predeceased by his nephew Anthony Whitney.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Monday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

Obituaries (08/07/08)

Helen A. Varno

MIDDLEBURY — Helen A. Varno, 79, died Friday evening Aug. 1, 2008, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She was born June 23, 1929, in Middlebury, the daughter of Harry and Mabel (Tatro) Varno.

She attended local schools in Middlebury.

She worked many years as a cashier for Stan’s IGA and Greg’s Meat Market. According to family she was an avid bowler and loved to play bingo and was a very loving person who was always willing to help anyone in need; taking care of her son, Butch, was her life.

She is survived by her son, Butch Varno, of Middlebury; her granddaughters, Darcy Turner of Oakwood, Ga., and Marlie Fredette of East Middlebury; her grandson, Willis Varno of Salisbury; her three great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son, Paul “Yogi” Varno, who died April 16, 2006; her sisters, Ruth and Betty Varno, and her brother, Richard Varno.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 4, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral in Middlebury. The Rev. William R. Beaudin officiated.

Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the activities fund at Helen Porter Health and Rehab, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury VT 05753.


Gary Scott Taylor

CLAREMONT, N.H. — Gary Scott Taylor, 41, of Charlestown, N.H., died Sunday evening, Aug. 3, 2008, in North Walpole as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Middlebury on Sept. 14, 1966, the son of Edgar Scott and Arlene (Dumas) Taylor.

He owned and operated the business Mylos, specializing in carpentry and painting.

Obituaries (07/31/08)

Tristan Sarad Dakshin Quinn

WHITING  — Tristan Sarad Dakshin Quinn, age 17, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008. He was born in Madros, India, Jan. 24, 1991, and came to the United States on March 21, 1992.

Tristan grew up in Whiting and attended Whiting Elementary School and had completed his junior year at Otter Valley Union High School. Tristan was an avid soccer player throughout high school; he also enjoyed snowboarding, snowmobiling and his music. His real passion was his ATV and racing. Outside of school and sports he worked part time at McDonalds in Middlebury.

Tristan’s friendliness was infectious. He was known for his enormous circle of friends, which included family, classmates and the countless people who were fortunate to have known him.

Tristan is survived by his parents, Steve E. and Ann T. (McCormick) Quinn of Whiting; his brother, Cian P. Quinn of Whiting; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his grandparents, Guy and Bev Rosenquist of Killington and Surfside Beach, S.C.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Donald F. McCormick and Bernice (Layden) McCormick; and his grandfather, Francis Quinn.

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life was held on Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Brandon. The celebrant was the Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz. Graveside committal services and burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon. A reception for family and friends followed the committal service at the family’s home in Whiting.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whiting First Response, Whiting Fire Dept., Shoreham First Response or the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home, Brandon.


Grace Fern Fassett

Obituaries (07/28/08)

Frederick M. Peyser Jr.

MONKTON — Frederick M. Peyser Jr., 82, died unexpectedly on July 21, 2008, at his home in Monkton. He was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Frederick Maurice Peyser and Catherine McKelvey Peyser. He also had a home in Vero Beach, Fla.

As a young man growing up in New York City he attended Friends Seminary and Xavier Military School and graduated from Great Neck High School in 1944.

 He served with distinction in the 100th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, where he received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant in World War II, making him the youngest officer in the European Theater at that time. His service was recognized with a bronze star and he was the recipient of a purple heart.

Following the war, he attended Williams College where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude.

 As partner in the firm of Hallgarten & Co., he headed the London, Brussels and Geneva offices.

He later became managing partner of the entire firm. He was also CEO of Gruen and Co., a Swiss watch manufacturer, as well as River Processing Inc., and established his own financial consulting firm, Peyser Corporation. He served on the board of directors of The Dorsey Corporation, University Patents and Pargas,among others.

 After raising his family in Oyster Bay, N.Y., he retired to the family’s home, Beaverdam Farms, in Monkton, where he enjoyed spending time in nature and sought to protect the natural environment of Vermont through advocacy and philanthropy.

Following retirement, he was actively involved in local Vermont organizations and activities, most notably leading charges against the expansion of high voltage power lines and a gas pipeline in the Champlain Valley. In Florida, he actively supported the arts and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Fellsmere.

Obituaries (07/17/08)

Sarrah Anne Ogilvie

BRISTOL — Sarrah Anne Ogilvie, 30, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at her home in Bristol. She was born in Middlebury April 1, 1978, the daughter of Patricia (Lilly) Ogilvie and the late James “Scott” Ogilvie.

She was a scholar throughout her life, with a quick wit and uncanny sense of humor. She played the clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and piano. She also sang with the Addison County Youth Chorus.

According to family, she was a loyal sister, daughter, aunt and friend and a fiercely devoted mother to her two young children, five-year-old Andrew and three-year-old Bethany.

She was a long-time employee of PaPa Nick’s Restaurant in Hinesburg.

 She is survived by two children, Andrew and Bethany; the father of her children, Eric Bresnick, and his two children, Dylan and Taylor; her mother, Patricia Ogilvie; her sister, Heather, and husband, Aaron; two nieces; a nephew; her grandmother, Margaret Schake of Bellingham, Minn.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Services will be held on Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Assembly of God Christian Center on Route 7 in Vergennes. A reception will follow at the church.

 Donations to help with memorial costs and needs of the young children may be sent to the National Bank of Middlebury, Ogilvie-Bresnick Family Fund, Main Street, Bristol, VT 05443.


Irene P. Mignault

VERGENNES — Irene P. Mignault, 90, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.  She was born March 11, 1918, in Newport, N.H., the daughter of Louis and Mary Ano Terrian.

 She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.

Obituaries (07/14/08)

Arlene Johnson-Delliveneri

WEYBRIDGE — A memorial service for Arlene Johnson-Delliveneri of Weybridge, who died last December, will be held at the Weybridge Congregational Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008. Donations may be made to one’s favorite  charity in her name.

Submitting an obituary

The Addison Independent publishes paid obituaries and free notices of passing. Paid obituaries cost 25-cents per word, and $10 per photo. The obituary will publish as it is submitted on the date of the family’s choosing.

For those who do not wish to purchase an obituary, the Addison Independent offers anyone with a local connection the opportunity to publish a notice of passing. These notices may be up to 100 words and are subject to editing by our news department.

Submissions must be received by 11 a.m. on Wednesday for publication in the Thursday paper and 11 a.m. on Friday for Monday’s paper.

Generally, obituaries follow this form:
TOWN — Name, age, of town, died on date, of cause of death. He/She was born on date in town, the son/daughter of father's name and mother's name, including maiden name in parentheses.

Then include a paragraph or two about where the person went to school and what they did for work; where they lived, who they married and when.

Add a sentence or two about what made the person special to family and friends, including hobbies, avocations or other telling details about their life.

He/She is survived by spouse's name; children named individually (and their spouses and towns of residence, if appropriate); siblings named individually; number of grandchildren, parents or other immediate family members.

He/She was predeceased by names of immediate family members.

A memorial service will be held (fill in details of date, time, and place, plus officiate if applicable) with interment at (place). Memorial contributions may be made to (name and complete address, if applicable).

Obituaries may be e-mailed to: [email protected]
 


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