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Obituaries 12/18/08

Jean Arlie (Whittemore) Whitman

MIDDLEBURY — Jean Arlie (Whittemore) Whitman died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Porter Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Born and raised in Ripton, she was the daughter of Harold and Bernice (Billings) Whittemore. She and her two sisters grew up exploring the hills and valleys of Ripton and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Campus. She attended Ripton’s two-room schoolhouse until transferring to Middlebury in seventh grade. In high school, she pitched for the softball team.

After graduation, she married her husband, Raymond, and moved to Middlebury. Together they raised four children. She was active in the Valley Bible Church of East Middlebury. Her family says she loved flower gardening and was famous for her baked beans. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and rug hooking, as well as doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Lynn, Gary, Robin and Scott; and a sister, Patricia Hunter, of Lexington, Mass.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, and a sister, Lorraine Malzac.

A service in her memory will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m., at the Valley Bible Church in East Middlebury. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association or the Valley Bible Church.


Dorothy H. Weber

MIDDLEBURY — Dorothy H. Weber, 95, of Middlebury died peacefully Dec. 11, 2008, at the Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation Memory Unit with her son and daughter-in-law at her bedside. She was born on Aug. 8, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Martha and Simon Erikson. Her parents were both born in Finland, and she was a loyal Finn, but America held her heart.

Obituaries 12/15/08

Robert E. Pechie

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Robert E. Pechie, 75, of Minnesott Beach, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, due to a blood clot from an earlier surgery, at Northside Hospital in Alpharetta, Ga.

He was born in Queens Village, N.Y., on April 3, 1933, the son of the late Anna Thrasher Pechie and Theodore Pechie. He was also predeceased by a brother Ted Pechie of Lincoln, Vt.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evelyn Pechie, originally from Islip Long Island, N.Y.; four children, James DeMilt and wife Lisa of Lincoln; Rene Pechie-Bougor and husband Michael of Middlebury; Sherraine Pechie and Steve Hartman of Alpharetta and Robert Pechie Jr. and wife Karen of Newport, N.C.; four grandchildren, Jeremy Bougor, Amanda DeMilt and  Kati and Kelli Kayhart, all of Vermont; also, a brother Joseph Pechie and wife Nancy of Luray, Va.; sister-in-law Gail Thorpe-Guy of New Bern, N.C., along with many nieces and nephews; his two beloved Miniature Schnauzers, Meeka and Schnapps; and many special friends.

As a young man he served overseas for the U. S. Army. He met his wife in Long Island and married in Hauppauge, N.Y. A few years later they moved to Vermont to raise their family and he built custom homes. He also enjoyed dairy farming on Shaker Mountain in Starksboro, Vt. They moved to North Carolina in 1982 where he was an engineering technician at the facility maintenance department at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., retiring in 1996.

In the summers he and his wife and dogs would travel to Salisbury to enjoy the sunsets at their home he built on Lake Dunmore. He loved spending time with family, working with his hands creating beautiful clocks, birds, rocking chairs and many other crafts. There was always a new project just around the corner. He also enjoyed landscaping and golfing with family and friends. No matter the task he was always there with a helping hand.

Obituaries 12/11/08

Jacqueline C. Ziegler

MIDDLEBURY — Jacqueline C. Ziegler, 85, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 29, at her home with her family by her side. She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late John N. and Edna (Schlesinger) Stone.

Formerly of Devon, Penn., Jacqueline relocated to Vermont to be closer to her family in 2004. Jacqueline attended the Minneapolis Art Institute and the Boston Museum School.

She was a well-known artist who illustrated dozens of children’s books, and painted hundreds of watercolor and oil portraits and still lifes. Her art has been shown in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York and recently at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. She was a supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center and for many years was the UNICEF collection chair for Chester County in suburban Philadelphia.

Jacqueline was a former dance teacher and an exhibition dancer for the Arthur Murray Show. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed searching for antique treasures, reading good mystery stories and spending time with her family.

Jacqueline is survived by her son, Larry Ziegler-Otero and his wife Wanda Otero-Ziegler, of Bridport, and her granddaughter, Rosa J. Ziegler, of Bridport. She was predeceased by her husband James F. Ziegler, who died in 1992, and by her brother, Lawrence S. Cooke. A Quaker memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at Havurah House. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Edward (Hap) B. Phillips

BRISTOL — Edward (Hap) B. Phillips, 79, who previously resided in Bristol, died Mon., Dec. 8, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. He was born May 5, 1929, in Lincoln, the son of Charles and Mildred (Poland) Phillips.

Obituaries 12/04/08

David A. Kilty

BURLINGTON — David A. Kilty, 50, formerly of Middlebury, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Born in Endicott, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 1958, he was the son of Paul and Virginia (Moore) Kilty.

He was a self-employed entrepreneur. He enjoyed reading, had a great thirst for knowledge, and enjoyed life.

He graduated from Vermont Community College in 2005 with an Associates of Arts.

He is survived by his father, Paul Kilty of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Anne Gill of Carson City, Nev.; and three nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia Moore Kilty, in 2001.

Friends may call Friday, Dec. 5, 1-2 p.m., at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jonathan New officiating. Burial will follow at the Case Street Cemetery in Middlebury.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Joseph Minott Kerr

FERRISBURGH — Joseph Minott Kerr, 79, died at his lakeside home in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, after a ten-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in New York City on June 24, 1929, to John and Margaret (Minott) Kerr, he was raised in St. James, Long Island, N.Y., and attended Emerson School and Exeter Academy. He received a degree in business administration from Northwestern University. During the Korean War he taught arctic survival to aircraft pilots and crews in California’s High Sierras for the U.S. Air Force.

His diverse professional career ranged from dealing with longshoremen in labor negotiations for General Foods in Hoboken, N.J., to working as a consultant with New York City’s Booze Allen Hamilton until 1965.

In the mid ‘60s, he and his wife, Mary, and three sons moved from Mendham, N.J., to Fayston, seeking a rural lifestyle closer to nature.

Obituaries 11/17/08

Janet L. Salsman

NORTH FERRISBURGH — Janet L. Salsman, 58, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on Nov. 11, 1950, the daughter of Mary Bergeron and the late Donald Bergeron.  She was a graduate of Fanny Allen School of Nursing, and dedicated her life to her nursing profession. She was employed with the DeGoesbriand Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the American Red Cross.

She and her husband, Steven, enjoyed camping and fishing trips together, and taking rides in the country. She could be found gardening or working with her crafts. Her family, extended family, grandchildren and friends were dear to her.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Salsman of North Ferrisburgh; two daughters, Lori Basiliere of Burlington and Tricia Basiliere of North Ferrisburgh; her mother, Mary Bergeron of Addison; her sister, Brenda Bergeron of Middlebury; her brother, Andrew Bergeron of Bristol; her mother-in-law, Lorraine Salsman of Ipswich, Mass.; two grandchildren; and two nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Donald Bergeron, and two infant sons, James and Andrew Basiliere.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington officiated by Barry Barkley and Roger Cleveland. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Breast Care Center, Development Office, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401.


Leslie Robert Posdamer

RIPTON — Leslie Robert Posdamer was a resident of Ripton for 36 years.

Obituaries 11/24/08

Daniel Joseph White

SHELBURNE — Daniel Joseph White, 96, died on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in Shelburne. He was the husband of the late Catherine (Sharkey) White. He was born in Lynn, Mass., on Sept. 18, 1912, the son of Daniel J. and Agnes (Daley) White. He lived in Lynn for 65 years until moving to Maryland. He spent the last several years in Shelburne.

He worked for the General Electric Co. in Lynn, Mass., for over 36 years. He retired in 1976. He spent his summers on Lake Dunmore for many years and enjoyed his morning visit with his friends at the “breakfast club.”

He is survived by his children, Daniel E. White and his wife, Bertha of Lynn, Mass., Dorothy White of Brandon, and Thomas White and his wife, Barbara of Crofton, Md.; his former daughter-in-law, Madeline Tetrault of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Mather, and three brothers, Eugene, Joseph and John White.

His funeral was held on Friday, Nov. 21, in Lynn, Mass., followed by a funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lynn, Mass. Donations may be made to the Angel Fund (for ALS research) 649 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880 or Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


Charles S. Bergen

MIDDLEBURY — Charles S. Bergen died peacefully from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury on Nov. 5, 2008, with family at his side. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on June 23, 1924, the son of Charles S. and Marion (Weakley) Bergen. On Dec. 18, 1948, he married the love of his life, Sylvia Reed, who survives him.

Obituaries 11/20/08

Ursella Mae Wadleigh

VERGENNES — Ursella Mae Wadleigh, 94, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born July 1, 1914, in Vergennes, the daughter of Samuel and Frances (Trudeau) Wadleigh.

She is survived by several cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Ellen C. Wadleigh.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, and interment was in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.


Mary Elizabeth Southwick

BRANDON — Mary Elizabeth Southwick, 75, of Brandon died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.

She was born in El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1933, the daughter of Harry and Bennie (Jones) Wustenberg.

She received her education in the El Paso, Texas, school system. She moved with her family to Vermont in 1961. She worked as a cook at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury for several years. She later cooked at the Brandon Training School and for Sully’s Restaurant in Brandon. Family say she enjoyed fishing, her Pomeranians and her flower garden — especially yellow roses.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda LaFoe of Florence and Rene Osbourne of Port Natchez, Texas; five sons, Charles Graves of South Hampton, Mass., Harry Graves, Michael Graves, and Russell “Rusty” Barrows, all of Brandon, and Larry Graves of Kilgore, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral home in Brandon. Thomas Sawyer, President of the Rutland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will preside.

Donations may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Charles “Ryan” Frazier

Obituaries 11/17/08

Harriet Nichols Livingston

WEST ADDISON — Harriet Nichols Livingston, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at her home on Burgey Farm Road in West Addison, with her husband, Philip H. Livingston, by her side.

She was born Oct. 5, 1929, and farmed with her husband for over forty years on a successful dairy farm in Bristol before retiring to Eastham, Cape Cod in 1986, where she spent many enjoyable years. She discovered a new passion while on the cape, driving a school bus for children who were less fortunate. Over the years she enjoyed quilt making, rug hooking, being a member of Home Dem and at one point she was crowned queen of the Vermont Flying Farmers in 1970.

She is especially remembered for her lovingly made sweaters and clothing, her famous birthday cakes, the always-full cookie jar, and her home cooked meals.

She is survived by Philip, her husband of 56 years; her six children, Philip N. Livingston and his wife Diane of New Haven, Karen Mindling and her husband Timothy of Michigan, Stanley Livingston and his wife Mary Jeanne of Bristol, Janet Newman and her husband Perry of Stannard, Sue Lang and her husband Terry of Omaha, Neb.; and David Livingston and his wife Wendy of Bristol; 16 grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Sundstrom and Helen Kidder of Westboro, Mass.; and two brothers, Edward Nichols of Sutton, Mass. and George Nichols of Cape Cod, Mass.

She was predeceased by both of her parents, George and Hattie (Johnson) Nichols; a sister, Polly; and two brothers, Robert and Harold.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Bristol Federated Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Donations may be sent to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Albert H. “Al” Freeman

Obituaries 11/13/08

Phyllis Freda Zsido

BRANDON — Phyllis Freda Zsido, 70, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Peacham on April 5, 1938. She grew up in Shrewsbury, where she received her early education. On Feb. 27, 1961, she married John Zsido. They made their home in Rutland. She had been a resident of Brandon since 1970. She had worked at the Brandon Training School for several years before being forced to retire due to disability. She was a former member of the Brandon American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 55. She was an accomplished artist with charcoals, pastels and oil on canvas. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

She is survived by three daughters, Joann Meinking of North Carolina, Lori Brock of Nashville, Tenn. and Marci Lane of Addison; a brother, Charles Haughton of Rutland; three sisters, Nellie Howland of Rutland, Grace Johnson of White River Junction and Martha Jordan of Brimington, Mass.; five  grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband on Oct. 10, 1990; a sister, Bertha Haughton; and three brothers, Ralph, Frank and Burt Haughton.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, was the celebrant. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in Riverside Cemetery in Proctor.

Donations may be made, in her memory to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Calvin Lawrence Trudo

SALISBURY — Calvin Lawrence Trudo, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, following a brief illness, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

Obituaries 11/10/08

Charlene Anne Zubaty

JASPER, Fla. — Charlene Anne Zubaty, 62, died Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008, at her home in Jasper, Fla., surrounded by her family.

She was born March 31, 1946, in Burlington, the daughter of Harold and Shirley (DeGuise) Boyer. She resided in the Bristol area for more than three decades before moving to Florida.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Zubaty of Jasper, Fla.; five children, Robert Miller of Bristol, Brenda Vaughn of Bristol, Bryan Miller of Bristol, William Miller of Cambridge and Bonnie Sweeney of Fairfax; two step children, Michael Zubaty Jr. of Camache, Iowa, and Laurie Anderson of Ohio; eighteen grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; five brothers, Harold Boyer of Middlebury, Ricky Boyer of St. Albans, Mickey Boyer of Swanton, Michael Boyer of Williston and David Boyer of Winooski; two sisters, Diane Papesca of Jasper, Fla. and Karen Cox of Bristol; a half-sister, Namoni Boyer of St. George; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Cheryl Miller Bluma.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Nov. 10, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment was in Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 6037 US Hwy 90 West, Lake City, FL 32055.


Raymond Mulcahy

LEICESTER — Raymond Mulcahy, 86, died at home in Leicester on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.  He will be remembered as a pioneer in the education and training of people with developmental disabilities.

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