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Obituaries 12/13/07

William Emery Simmons

LINCOLN — William Emery Simmons died at home on Dec. 5, 2007, in the loving company of his family and friends. Bill was born on Feb. 11, 1930, in Rockland, Maine, to William Adelbert Simmons and Margaret Harris Simmons.

On Jan. 12, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Mary Watts. Darlene, their three children and spouses (William M. Simmons and Jessica Albrecht of New Haven, Janie Simmons and Eric Metcalf of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., Barbara Olesen of Castaic, Calif.); seven grandchildren (Danny, Billy, Dusty, Belen, Matias, Mikkel, and Mika); as well as Ken Schoen, honorary son; hold him in our hearts. He is also remembered by many close friends too numerous to mention.

After growing up in the seacoast town of Port Clyde, Maine, Bill eventually returned to the sea as the captain of the Galatea, and then the Tioga, a 70’ research vessel designed to his specifications and built with the aid of a shipwright and many loyal friends.

His love of Vermont was a result of his earlier excursions selling electronics throughout the state. These experiences ultimately brought him back to Vermont during the late ’80s. In Lincoln he built a beautiful house on a hill with the assistance of local craftsmen who also became close friends.

After completing his home, Bill decided to try his hand at carving. Following the tradition of his grandfathers and great-grandfather, who had all built scale models of the sailing vessels of their time, Bill also knew his passion was to make things that were “not square.”

He expertly carved sea birds and sea creatures, combining his knowledge of the ocean and his love of wood. He enhanced his interpretive work by using the wood’s grain and was skilled at making invisible joints. His creations of exciting sea life with a velvety finish always invited a touch.

Obituaries 12/06/07

Charles Merton “Charlie” Rowe

CORNWALL — Charles Merton “Charlie” Rowe, 75, died unexpectedly helping on Rowecrest Farm on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.  Born March 7, 1932, in Laconia, N.H., he was the son of the late Merton C. and Grace (Foster) Rowe, and grew up on his family farm in Belmont, N.H.

 In 1954, he graduated with a business degree from the University of New Hampshire. He enrolled in ROTC in college and entered the United States Air Force upon graduation, serving during the Korean Conflict.

 Charlie married Mary Rose Novak from Lynn, Mass., on May 27, 1956. After working for a number of years in the business world, he and Mary fulfilled their lifelong dream of buying a farm in Cornwall and raising their five children there.

 After retiring he continued to help his son on the farm. He was also an advertising representative for the Farm Bureau and took agricultural surveys for the government.

 He loved gardening, reading, jazz music, history, genealogy and the Red Sox.

 Family members include his loving wife Mary of Cornwall, his five children, Karen Rowe of Cambridge, Mass., Daniel Rowe of Cornwall, David Rowe and his wife Donna of Medway, Mass., James Rowe and his wife Bettie of Nottingham, Pa., and Kathleen Brisson and her husband Randall of Shoreham; and five grandchildren, Brendan and Brittany Rowe, Rose Rowe, Ben and Jack Brisson.

 He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Clarice Russell.

 Those who knew Charlie knew he loved to talk and meet new people. We will all miss his energetic exuberance and zest for life. He joked his epitaph should read, “so many people, so little time.”

 A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday morning, Dec. 6, 2007, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Middlebury with Rev. Justin Baker as celebrant.

Obituaries 12/03/07

Douglas R. Marsden

HAWTHORNE, Fla. — Douglas R. Marsden, age 61, of Hawthorne, and formerly of Middlebury and Bennington, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at the home of Darlene and Gregory Lockwood of Shaftsbury.

Mr. Marsden had traveled to Vermont in early November to spend time at his hunting camp in Peru and with his family and close friends in this area.

Doug was born on Sept. 22, 1946, in Bennington, and was the son of Roy and Katherine Marsden. He received his education at Bennington High School and upon graduation attended Keene State College. Mr. Marsden was employed at Fairdale Farms before accepting a management position with Kraft Foods in 1977. While working with Kraft, Doug served in various capacities in Canton, N.Y., and Claire, Mich. In 1983 Doug was named plant manager at the Kraft cheese processing facility in Middlebury and returned to his home state of Vermont.

In 1991, Mr. Marsden began employment with the Vermont State Department of Agriculture as a dairy product specialist. Doug retired from this position in 2005 due to declining health. Mr. Marsden and his wife also owned and operated Marsden Country Store in Middlebury for many years. Mr. Marsden was also active in the Middlebury community and was chairman of the annual United Way Fund Drive for several years.

Doug enlisted in the Vermont National Guard in 1966 and served in the Guard for over 39 years. He was a long-standing member of the Guard rifle team and competed in state, national and international matches. Many of his fondest memories were of long days spent on the firing line at Ethan Allen Range in Jericho. Doug retired from the guard in September 2006 as a SFC-E7.

Many life-long friendships were formed during Doug’s military service and he remained close to numerous members of the unit until his death.

Obituaries 11/29/07

Charles W. Thompson

BRISTOL — Charles W. Thompson, 74, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at home following several years of failing health. He was born in Starksboro on March 30, 1933, the son of Nixon and Edna (Kimball) Thompson.

He worked for various contractors in the area.

According to family, he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a fan of country and western music and was well known for his collection of license plates.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Wheelock) Thompson of Richmond; his daughter, Roselyn Thompson and husband Larry Beitel of Arizona; his sons, Robert Thompson of Bristol, and Reginald Thompson of Huntington; nine grandchildren; his sister, Jacqueline Hallock of Middlebury; his four brothers, Norman of Starksboro, Martin of Bristol, Winthrop of Starksboro, and Nixon Jr. of Richford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Roger Thompson; and sisters, Barbara Smith of Huntington, Alice Paya of Jericho, and Ruth Parker of Winooski.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 26, at Gifford Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association of Vermont, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 04595.


Albert Eugene Surprise

NORTH FERRISBURGH — Albert Eugene Surprise, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born April 29, 1930, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Howard and Jennie Hastings Surprise.

He worked at Basin Harbor Club for 50 years.

Obituaries 11/26/07

Albert Eugene Surprise

NORTH FERRISBURGH — Albert Eugene Surprise, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born April 29, 1930, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Howard and Jennie Hastings Surprise.

He worked at Basin Harbor Club for 50 years.

He is survived by three brothers, Benjamin Surprise of Westfield, Mass., Leonard Surprise of Northfield Falls, and Harry Surprise of Vergennes; two sisters, Norma Raymond of Burlington and Hilda Surprise of Randolph; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Herbert Surprise in 1993.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from noon until the funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad PO Box 11 Vergennes, VT 05491.


Charlotte Ann Johnson

BRANDON — Charlotte Ann Johnson, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at her home in Brandon.  She was born in Center Rutland on Jan. 3, 1932, the daughter of Spencer and Ruby (Parker) Shepard.

She received her early education in New Haven schools and helped on the family farm. She was a graduate of Brandon High School, class of 1951. On July 25, 1953, she married Reginald Ray Johnson at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon. He died January 17, 1978.

Obituaries 11/22/07

Hilda Lelia Orvis

STARKSBORO — Hilda Lelia Orvis, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury surrounded by her family. She was born April 9, 1923, in Starksboro, the daughter of Warren and Minnie Wright Thompson.

She was a member of Starksboro First Baptist Church. She married Gardner Orvis on Aug. 10, 1939. She was a lifelong member of Ladies Home Circle, she was involved in 4-H all her life, and she was a member of the Sunshine Club of South Starksboro. He participated in the adoptive grandparent program with the Green Mountaineers 4-H Club.

According to family, her passions were spending time with her family and especially her great-grandchildren, observing song birds, gardening, and cooking.

She is survived by her four children, Reginald Orvis and Nedra of Barre, Linda and Denny Barnard of Starksboro, Larry and Patricia Orvis of Middlebury, and Rodney Orvis of Starksboro; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1979.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19, at Community Church of Huntington. Interment was in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; or Starksboro First Baptist Church, 11 Parsonage Rd., Starksboro, VT 05487.


Robert James Newton

BURLINGTON — Robert James Newton, 44, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at his home from natural causes. He was born Aug. 16, 1963, in Sumter, S.C., the son of Richard A. Newton of Caryville, Tenn., and Shirley English Douglas of Moriah, N.Y.

Obituaries 11/19/07

Rose Evelyn Williams

MIDDLEBURY — Rose Evelyn Williams, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at Vermont Respite House in Williston.  She was born Nov. 2, 1928, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Charles and Josephine Emery.

She did volunteer work at Addison County Community Action Group in Middlebury.

She is survived by six children, Anthony Pidgeon of Cornwall, Deborah Wildasin and husband Phil of Addison, Maureen Pidgeon and fiancé Bret Benner of South Burlington, Jody Pidgeon of Rutland, Tina Wildasin and husband Paul Jr. of Waltham, and Scott Pidgeon of Middlebury; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Clayton Emery of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Ellie Mae Pidgeon, in 1968; and two sisters, Arlene Emery and Isabelle Emery.

Friends may call at Vergennes Congregational Church on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov 20, at Vergennes Congregational Church. Interment will be in South Hero Cemetery Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Respite House, 89 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or Addison County Community Action Group, 282 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Vincent “Vince” Russo

LEICESTER — Vincent “Vince” Russo, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his home in Leicester. He was born in East Haven, Conn., on May 6, 1926, the son of Maurizio and Lena (Biardino) Russo.

He received his education in East Haven schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army with the 11th Army Air Force. Following his honorable discharge he returned home. He was a former resident of Wantaugh, N.Y., where he was a member of the Wantaugh Volunteer Fire Department.

Obituaries 11/15/07

Eugene A. Rougier

VERGENNES —  Eugene A. Rougier, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.  He was born May 21, 1965, in Burlington, the son of Clarence Clifton and Janice (Flanders) Ryan.

Eugene is survived by his mother, Janice Ryan of Brandon; four sisters, Sandra Appelgate of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., Nancy Stearns of Brandon, Joanne Zeno of Vergennes, and Rose Zeno of Monkton; three brothers, Michael Rougier of Rockingham, Mark Rougier of Monkton, and Gregory Rougier of Shoreham; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Monkton Boro Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.


Peveril F. Peake

BRISTOL — Peveril F. Peake, 79, died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in Rutland after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, the son of Royal Whitman Peake and Kate Gardener Field.

He graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and attended Manulis Military Academy. He worked for many years at G.E. Lakeside in Burlington as a quality control expert.

He was a life-long Bristol resident and well known in all the antique-classic car clubs and events. By his account he had owned over 1,200 cars of antique vintage during his lifetime. He was a founding member of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) and many other car clubs worldwide. He was often called on to inspect the “original condition” of an antique vehicle.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Bristol Baptist Church.

Obituaries 11/12/07

Dr. Daniel L. Jeffers

SHREVE, Ohio — Dr. Daniel L. Jeffers, 69, of Shreve, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at his home. Born March 4, 1938, in Williamstown, Mass., he was the son of Daniel Lewis and Frances Kolbucz Jeffers.

He grew up in Vermont and graduated from Bristol High School in Bristol, Vt.

He was a research agronomist for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Ohio State University in soybean physiology developing field practices to double crop winter wheat and soybeans.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster, Ohio, a member of the Toastmaster’s Club, Ducks Unlimited and served a number of years on the Interfaith Housing board of directors and had been chairman of the board.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Ricciardi Jeffers, whom he married March 2, 1963; and his children, Rebecca and her husband Rick Havourd of Pinkney, Mich., Dr. Russell and his wife Claudia Dwass Jeffers of Fairfax, Va., Christopher and his wife Andrea Jeffers of Wooster, Ohio, and Sarah Jeffers of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren Rocco and Donato Havourd, Meyer and Paul Jeffers, and Taryn and Brianna Jeffers; a brother, James Jeffers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Helene Combs of Douglasville, Ga.; and relatives and friends in Addison County, Vermont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Jones.

Friends were received at the McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home at 216 E. Larwill Street in Wooster, Ohio, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Services were held at the St. Mary Catholic Church, Monday, Nov. 12, with Fr. Daniel Reed officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery.

In memory of Dan, plant a tree and turn the garage lights off.

Obituaries 11/08/07

John C. Allo

ROCKLAND, Mass. — John C. Allo, 47, of Rockland died at his home from cardiomyopathy on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. He was born in Havelock, N.C., son of Samuel R. Allo of Glens Falls, N.Y., and the late Frances C. (Magnotta) Allo and was raised and educated in Vergennes.

A former Stoughton resident, he has made his home in Rockland for the past 13 years. He was the owner of John Allo Productions in Rockland, providing DJ services throughout the South Shore. An innovative entrepreneur, he used his internet skills to create a popular wedding services marketing site, www.southshoreweddings.com, and he was the author of “Bubble Parties,” a business plan for entertainment venues to be provided to pre-schools.

John maintained his own on-line radio station, www.ClassicRockAlbumCuts.com, and served as Web master for internet sites for Holy Family Church in Rockland and St. Mary’s Church in Scituate. He was a member of the National Association of Mobile Entertainers, and was a vendor at numerous wedding expo shows on the South Shore.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Patricia (Ryan) Allo; his children, Mary E. Allo, Susan F. Allo and Samuel J. Allo, all of Rockland; and his siblings, Laurie Allo and Vincent Allo of Vermont, and Sharon Jenkins of Pennsylvania. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

The funeral left from the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home at 135 Union St. in Rockland on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. for the Funeral Mass in Holy Family Church at 9 a.m. Calling hours were on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial took place in Holy Family Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Holy Family School Advancement Fund, 403 Union St. Rockland, MA 02370. For directions or to sign online guest book, go to www.magounbiggins.com.


 

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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).

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