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Obituaries (06/12/08)

Ellen Lamar Thomas

LENOX, Mass. — Ellen Lamar Thomas, 95, of 235 Walker St, Kimball Farms Retirement Community, former reading consultant at the University of Chicago and author of books on teaching reading, died May 22, 2008, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center.

Born in North Tonawanda, NY, on Sept. 16, 1912, daughter of Ellen Beattie Thomas and Bernard Thomas, she was a graduate of St. Petersburg FL High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the College of William and Mary, attended Columbia University and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Wisconsin University.

Mrs. Thomas taught journalism and English in Florida and in the Panama Canal Zone, then became a reading specialist, spending much of her professional life in the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago, where she trained teachers and helped young people upgrade their reading. Her work there earned her the Master Teacher’s medal.

Her book, “Improving Reading in Every Class,” was selected as a Book of the Year in education. Upon leaving the Laboratory School, Ellen was honored by the senior class for being of special help to them during their high school years and, at their graduation, was awarded an honorary diploma, which became a prized possession of hers.

A free lance magazine writer, her articles have appeared in Parents Magazine, Mature Years, Mature Living, Living with Teen-Agers, Popular Photography, Catholic Digest, and a host of other publications.

A resident of Middlebury for several years, Ellen was active in community projects, writing slide shows for the United Way, being secretary for the League of Women Voters and Community Action, and writing publicity for Addison County Hospice, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and the Christmas Shop.

Obituaries (06/09/08)

Wayne A. Palmer

CHARLOTTE — Wayne A. Palmer, 77, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1930, in Starksboro, the son of George and Illa (Morrill) Palmer.

He was employed at Henry Carse Farms in Hinesburg for 58 years.

He is survived by long-time companion May Loyer of Charlotte; five children, David Palmer and his wife Charlene of Hinesburg, June Palmer and friend Arthur Thomas of Charlotte, Theresa Paya and her husband Donald of Hinesburg, Jeff Palmer and friend Terryann Martin of South Starksboro, and Bradley Palmer and friend Michelle of  South Starksboro; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Larry Reynolds of Colchester and Dennis Reynolds of Penn Yan, N.Y.; three sisters, Betty Patterson of Lincoln, Shirley Lattrell of Connecticut, and Sally Hall of Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol, with interment in Grand View Cemetery in Charlotte. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Obituaries (06/05/08)

William “Earle” Thompson

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — William “Earle” Thompson, 44, formerly of East Middlebury, died on May 31, 2008, as a result of an accident in Hood River, Ore. He was born in Hartford, Conn., the son of John and Catherine (Riker) Thompson.

He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and Paul Smith’s College. Family said he was a natural athlete and excelled at hockey during MAHA’s infancy. He loved adventure and spent the last 17 years near the Columbia River Gorge, pursuing his passions of windsurfing and snowboarding.

He was said to be quick with a smile and filled his life with family and friends, entertaining them with his detailed stories, gourmet cooking, artistic stonework, and his abundant enthusiasm for life. He was known for one of his favorite expressions, “Right on!”

He is survived by his mother, Kitty Thompson, of East Middlebury; three sisters, Cathy Field of Becket, Mass., Heather Hardt of Salisbury, and Beth Wimett of Brandon; a brother, John Thompson of New Haven; and numerous other friends and family from both the East and West Coasts.

A celebration of his life will be held at the DAR State Park in Addison on Sunday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the Memorial Sports Center, Expansion Project, Box 835, Middlebury VT 05753.


Herman Craig Voigt Jr.

SUMTER, S.C. — Herman Craig Voigt Jr., 30, of Sumter, S.C., died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

He was born in Wrightstown, N.J., the son of Herman Craig Voigt Sr. and Sharon Hance Voigt. He was the husband of Annette Lawson Voigt and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Sumter.

Obituaries (06/02/08)

Rev. Robert Wright Capen

FORESTDALE — Rev. Robert Wright Capen, 82, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in Proctor on July 22, 1925, the son of Charles and Julia (Wheeler) Capen.

He received his education in Brandon schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Brandon.

On September 22, 1945, he married Esther Mabel Osgood in the Forestdale Wesleyan Church.

In his earlier years he worked as a chef in several area restaurants and inns. He later relocated to Ticonderoga, N.Y., and worked with the Wilcox and Regan Funeral Home for several years.

It was during this time that he changed his career and became a minister; for many years he served as the pastor of the Chittenden Wesleyan Church.

He drove the “Champagne Special” in Long Lake, N.Y. He and his late wife were instrumental in forming Community Christmas as well as other helpful organizations. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus at various organized Christmas parties for children.

He was a member of Brandon American Legion Post 55. Following his retirement he was know as “Grandpa Bob” while working as a greeter at K-Mart in Rutland, as well as the coffee shop at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He had also worked as a Foster Grandparent at Neshobe Elementary School.

He was a member of the Forestdale Wesleyan Church, where he served as a deacon and layman. He also served on the board of trustees.

Obituaries (05/29/08)

Howard A. Wright Sr.

BRISTOL — Howard A. Wright Sr., 80, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at his home in Bristol. He was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Hinesburg, the son of Alfred and Mary Pierce Wright.

He is survived by his special friend of 11 years, Pamela Whittemore of Bristol; his four children, Betty and Frank Ryan of Jeffersonville, Howard A Wright Jr. and Denise of Clarksville, Tenn., Ella Johnson and fiancé Randall Blair of Bristol, and Mary Taylor of Sheldon; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great step grandchildren; a sister, Minnie Scribner and Richard of Bakersfield.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Wolcott) Wright, in 1997; a brother, Charles Wright; and two sons-in-law, Tom Taylor and Patrick Ryan Sr.

Friends may call at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, May 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 30, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.


Dr. William Arthur Pratt

RUTLAND — A memorial service for Dr. William Arthur Pratt, who passed away on April 5, 2008, will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Rutland.


 Mitchell Keros

SALISBURY — Mitchell Keros, 88, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, in the arms of his loved ones.  Born September 4, 1919, in Wilbraham, Mass., he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Probycian) Keroski.

 He was a graduate from Springfield Trade School, Springfield, Mass., and Rutland Business College.

Obituaries (05/26/08)

Raymond “Barney” Torrey

ADDISON — Raymond “Barney” Torrey, 81, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Nov. 29, 1926, in Addison, the son of Merton and Ella Wrisley Torrey.

He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport for 61 years, where he was married to Ramona Murray Nov. 29, 1947, received his Baptism, Communion, and his confirmation. He was a dairy farmer in Addison until his retirement in 1990 due to health reasons.

Then he and his wife started to go to Florida and they had the best of two worlds: Florida in the winter and Vermont in the summer. He enjoyed his vegetable gardens in the summer and shared his vegetables and enjoyed giving them to many friends in Vermont and Florida.

According to family, his passion was fishing, but he was also a great collector of things he thought were useful and a jack of all trades, doing for others and lending a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Suzanne and Rene Many of Addison, Michael and Candy Torrey of Panton, Mark and Gayle Torrey of Addison, and Raymond Jr. and Rose of Bridport; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Merton Torrey; two sisters-in-law, Iola Torrey and Mary and Ted Arel; and several nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated  on Saturday, May 24, at St. Bernadette Church in Bridport. Interment was in Grand View Cemetery in Addison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 758, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Addison County Meals on Wheels, 112 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Lynne H. Porter

Obituaries (05/22/08)

Capt. Harry F. “Cap” Wiseman

MIDDLEBURY — Capt. Harry F. “Cap” Wiseman, 96, of Middlebury died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. He was born March 2, 1912, in North Troy, N.Y. (formerly Lansinburgh), the son of the late Captain Roger and Hilda Horton Wiseman.

He was employed by the Sun Oil Company for 37 years, becoming a captain on oil tankers at the age of 21, where he piloted ships on the east coast from Marcus Hook, Penn., to the N.Y. Canal System to the Great Lakes. During World War II (1941-1945) he served under the U.S. Coast Guard (Merchant Marines).

After his retirement in 1966, he started a CB radio repair business called the Captain’s Radio Shack in Hampton, N.J. A CB’er and Amateur Radio operator since childhood, he made many friends on the CB channels in the New York, New Jersey and Vermont areas.

His early passion for electronics led him to have the first TV set in the Capital District of Albany in 1939. Reporting his program reception helped General Electric and NBC develop their TVs.

After spending many summers of his youth on Lake Champlain and proposing to his wife, Ethel Olga Appenzeller, on the shores of Lake Champlain, he returned with his wife to the North Country in 1970. His hobby of recording weather data became well known, and in 1980 the National Weather Service made him an Official Weather Observer.

His ideal location in South Lincoln made him the third highest weather reporting station in the Eastern United States. He retired from the Vermont Acid Rain Monitoring Program and the NWS in April 1995. During those sixteen years he made many friends with news reporters, weather personalities and both local and national weather offices such as Stuart Hall and Sharon Meyer.

Obituaries (05/15/08)

Armand Bernard Boisvenue

LAKE CITY, Fla./BRANDON — Armand Bernard Boisvenue, 72, died April 8, 2008, in Lake City, Fla. He was born in Whiting on July 30, 1935, the son of Dominic and Leonie (Bercier) Boisvenue. Following his high school graduation he joined the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1957, following three years of active duty. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Md., for many years. He afterwards moved to Hartford, N.Y., where he farmed for several years. While residing in Florida he worked fro Broward County Community College in the maintenance department. He is survived by a son, Thomas Boisvenue of Queensbury, N.Y.; three daughters, Amanda Charpentier of Queensbury, Denise Boisvenue of Lake City, Fla., and Tina Wilson of Granville, N.Y.; a sister, Aline Douglas of Brandon; a brother, Albert Boisvenue of Hartford, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, John Boisvenue. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, took place on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Brandon.


Cynthia Dilworth Eagles Hodgson

Obituaries (05/12/08)

Ernest Milmore Stires II

CORNWALL — Ernest Milmore Stires II, 82, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 4, with his wife was at his side. He was born on Dec. 17, 1925, in Alexandria, Va., to a musical family.

His grandmother was Metropolitan Opera mezzosoprano Louise Homer and his grandfather, American art song composer Sydney Homer, and composer Samuel Barber was his cousin.

He graduated from Episcopal High School in Virginia, going on to study at Harvard and Dartmouth before graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He was trained as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, going on to a business career as a television advertising executive, first for NBC in California, then CBS in Boston.

He began improvising jazz on piano at the age of four, but it wasn’t until 1962 that he left the business world to devote his time to music. He studied composition with composers Nicolas Slonimsky and Francis Judd Cooke. Since moving to Vermont in 1967, he has been an integral part of the Vermont music community.

He took administrative positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in its early years to keep the state orchestra going, as well as with the famed Bennington Composers Conference. He was a founding member of the Consortium of Vermont Composers.

But he also volunteered his services to many community music organizations. He mentored young musicians, particularly pop and jazz, never charging for his time, teaching them the basics of theory and composition, as well as introducing them to the great composers.

Vermont musicians Trey Anastasio, formerly of the band Phish, and Jamie Masefield of the Jazz Mandolin Project are among his longtime students.

Obituaries (05/08/08)

Lloyd P. Tatro

STARKSBORO — Lloyd P. Tatro, 96, died Monday, May 5, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. He was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Bristol, the son of Powell and Otta (Hill) Tatro.

 He married Barbara LaRose Tatro June 2, 1945. He farmed for many years in Starksboro, then he worked at Middlebury College from 1963 to 1990, and he was a caretaker at John Kirk Estate in Cornwall.

 He is survived by five children, Mary and Edson Rathbun of Bristol, Richard and Judy Tatro of Bristol, Francis and Joanna Tatro of Starksboro, James and Lisa Tatro of Hinesburg, and Michael and Pamela Tatro of Bristol; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy LaRose of Bristol and Floreda Parker and Robert of Willimantic, Maine.

He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years on Jan. 5, 1995; a son, Lloyd G. Tatro, on April 28, 2004; a brother Russell Tatro, and a sister Myrle Sterling.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 8, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment was in Green Mount Cemetery in Starksboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, PO Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.


Elizabeth Broughton Laberge

BRIDPORT — A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the life of Elizabeth Broughton Laberge who died Jan. 7 in Orlando, Fla. The service will be held at St. Bernadette’s Church in Bridport at 11 a.m., with Father Justin Baker officiating. A reception will be held at the Parish Hall immediately after the service.

She and her husband, Roger “Charlie” LaBerge, raised their family in Bridport and moved to Orlando in 1979.


Eben Joy

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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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