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Obituaries 01/10/08

Claire Wilson

RIPTON — Claire Wilson passed away at her home in Ripton on Dec. 31, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 26, 1950, in Evanston, Ill., Claire Ellen Lodal was the firstborn child of Norm and Shirley Lodal and the namesake of her beloved grandfather Clarence Edward Nelson.

Raised in Skokie and Rockford, Ill., with her three siblings, Beth, Peter and John, Claire lived in a close-knit family that enjoyed sports, music and reading. As an undergraduate, Claire attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in English, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and later served for three terms as a college trustee. As a sophomore, she met Christopher Kent Wilson and they were married during their senior year on Dec. 27, 1970.

After graduation, Claire and Kit moved to New Haven, Conn., where Claire earned her master’s degree in special education. Before giving birth to her first son, Benjamin Lodal Wilson, in 1976, Claire taught in the North Haven school system and at Southern Connecticut State College. In 1979, the family moved to Ripton, Vt. During the early 1980s, Claire worked in the Student Activities Office at Middlebury College, served as a college carilloneur and was an active member of the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and an early organizer of Hook-a-Kid on Golf.

In 1984, she gave birth to her second son, Peter Copp Wilson, and began working for Professor Steven Rockefeller, assisting him with his many scholarly projects, including his biography of John Dewey, his work on the Earth Charter, and the college symposiums and art exhibitions, Christ and the Bodhisattva (1984) and Spirit and Nature (1990), celebrating the visits of the Dalai Lama to Middlebury.

Obituaries 01/07/08

Dr. Ruth Frankey Smith

ROCHESTER — Dr. Ruth Frankey Smith, 77, died Dec. 27, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. She was born in Stockton, N.Y., on Aug. 2, 1930.

She studied at Columbia University and served as librarian of the faculty of Yale University Medical School before moving to Vermont. She was employed as a psychotherapist both in private practice and at the Brandon Training School.

She moved to Rochester from Shelburne in 1999. According to family, she enjoyed oil painting, cooking, traveling, good music and being in the great outdoors. She was a writer and was working on an historical novel.

She is survived by a niece and a grand-niece.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at 2 p.m. at The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate.

Private burial will take place, at a later date in Stockton, N.Y.

Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

A. Elizabeth (Betty) Fuller

BEVERLY COMMONS, Mass. — A. Elizabeth (Betty) Fuller, 101, died Jan. 2, 2008, at home in Bristol. She was born July 22, 1906, the daughter of Zeno Elwell and Mirinda Jane Willett of Essex, Mass.

She worked 22 years at United Shoe Machinery Corp. in Beverly, Mass.

In late life she enjoyed traveling throughout Canada, Europe, and Asia, according to family.

Obituaries 1/03/08

Frederick Christian Rasmussen Sr.

BRANDON — Frederick Christian Rasmussen Sr., 85, died Thursday, Dec.
27, 2007, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Mount
Ross, N.Y., on Oct. 15, 1922, the son of Walter and Marie (Heiser)

He received his early education in local Mount Ross schools. In his
earlier years he ran the family farm with his father in Mount Ross. He
was a member and deacon of Vedder Church in Gallatin, N.Y. He belonged
to the Mount Ross, N.Y., Grange. On Aug. 21, 1954, he married Irene
Molnar at Vedder Church in Gallatin.

They moved to Pittsford in 1957 where they purchased their farm on
Route 7. He was a dairy farmer all his life. He retired in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Rasmussen of Pittsford; two children,
Carl Andrew Rasmussen and Mary Ann White, both of Pittsford; and six
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, many of whom live in the
Brandon area.

He was predeceased by a son, Frederick Rasmussen Jr., in July 1984; a brother, Oscar Rasmussen; and a sister, Florence Hapeman.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date at the Miller
& Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Entombment will follow the
service at Pine Hill Cemetery, where the graveside committal service
and burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.

David Allen “Pappa Dave” Quintin

RICHMOND — David Allen “Pappa Dave” Quintin, 53, of Richmond, formerly
of Essex, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.  He was born in Montpelier on
July 13, 1954, the son of Philip V. and Theresa (Demartino) Quintin.

Obituaries 12/31/07

Nellie Addie Johnson

LEICESTER JUNCTION — Nellie Addie Johnson, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the home of her daughter in Brandon. She was born in Sudbury on Jan. 22, 1917, the daughter of Roy and Ida (Snow) Morton.

She received her education in local Sudbury schools. She married Charles Johnson in 1936 in Brandon, and they made their home in Sudbury. He died May 28, 1960.

Following the death of her husband she worked at Brandon Training School for many years. She moved to Leicester Junction in the late 1960s.

According to family, she enjoyed country music and dancing. She was a life member of the Champlain Valley Old Time Fiddlers Association. In her earlier years she enjoyed playing guitar and the bones for her family. She was a member of The Brandon Congregational Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances Hewes of Brandon, and Marilyn Morton of Newport, S.C.; a son, Richard B. Johnson of Leicester; 16 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren also survive her.

She was predeceased by a son, Lauress Johnson, in 1995; a daughter, Marguerite Ann Smith, in 1996; five brothers, Elywin Morton, Leon Morton, Stanley Morton, James Morton and Joseph Morton; and two sisters, Elizabeth Russell and Lucille Preble.

The memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. Private burial will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or The Vermont Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Obituaries 12/27/07

James W. Lynch

CLAREMONT, N.H. — James W. Lynch, 53, of Claremont, N.H., died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Bennington on April 12, 1954, the son of the late attorney Thomas W. Lynch and Marolyn E. (Powers) Lynch.

James grew up in East Middlebury, and his father was a prominent attorney in the area.

He is survived by his mother, Marolyn E. Lynch of Claremont; his sister, Sarah Pettengill and her husband Paul of Claremont; two brothers, Mark T. Lynch and his longtime companion, Kim Mason of Burlington, and Peter G. Lynch and his wife Kathleen of North Danville; one niece; and one nephew.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Ernest “Ernie” Longey

MIDDLEBURY — A memorial service for Ernest “Ernie” Longey, 63, of Middlebury, who died in his sleep on Dec. 14, 2007, will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Mead Memorial Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. A reception will follow at Kirk Alumni Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Town Hall Theater Inc., PO Box 128, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Andrew J. Koll

EAST MIDDLEBURY —  Andrew J. Koll of East Middlebury died on Dec. 25, 2007.

A full obituary for Mr. Koll will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.

James Robert Husk

VERGENNES — James Robert Husk, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.  He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Florence Ann Husk.

Obituaries 12/20/07

Ernie Longey

MIDDLEBURY — Ernie Longey, 63, died in his sleep after a brief illness with cancer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Dec. 14, 2007, with his wife Mary at his side. He had spent the evening surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born in Middlebury on Sept. 13, 1944, to Hugh and Mildred Longey. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1962. Although he never received another degree, Ernie was a true ‘Renaissance Man,’ mastering a myriad of skills and crafts throughout his life.

Ernie began his long work relationship with Middlebury College in October 1961, when he took over his uncle Richard Delphia’s job as a part-time technician at Hillcrest Language Center when Richard was called to serve in the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis.

After high school graduation, Ernie worked at a variety of jobs in Vermont, New York and Florida (loan officer, resort waiter, audio/visual system installer, draftsman at Simmons Precision, technician at the electronic lab in Middlebury, owned an appliance business in Rutland, sold his own handcrafted furniture, etc.).

He served in Vietnam in the Army Security Agency. In October 1974, he accepted a position as electronic technician at Middlebury College and later became director of media services. He did much to keep the college on the cutting edge of technology until his retirement in 2000.

From 2000 until his death, he worked out of his home office for HB Communications Inc. of North Haven, Conn., traveling in Vermont and New Hampshire to colleges, hospitals and businesses as a designer, programmer and installer of ‘smart’ rooms (rich with technology controlled by touch panels).

Obituaries 12/17/07

Christine Lurk Brush

LEICESTER — Christine Lurk Brush, 91, died Dec. 12, 2007, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury, following a short illness. She was born Sept. 14, 1916, in West Lebanon, N.H., the daughter of Henry, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Elva (Warren) Lurk of Stowe.

She attended schools in West Lebanon, N.H., and West Hartford, Conn. Following high school, she worked for 11 years at the Aetna Life Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn. She met her husband, Donald C. Brush of Leicester, in Hartford where he was employed by Pratt and Whitney during the war. They were married on July 18, 1942.

They moved first to Burlington and then to Leicester, where she has resided for the past 61 years. She worked briefly as secretary to the dean of women at Middlebury College. She was the chairman of the Leicester school board for many years including the transition from five one room schoolhouses to the building of the Leicester Central School. She was honored for her work by the Vermont Department of Education.

She was an active member of the Brandon Garden Club, Leicester Homemakers Club, Lake Dunmore Sailing Club, Fern Lake/Lake Dunmore Association and the Brandon Bone Builders.

According to family, she enjoyed homemaking, cooking, reading, singing and many outdoor activities with her family including swimming, sailing, skating, cross country and downhill skiing, gardening, campfires and parties. She went iceboating with her son up to age 89.

She is survived by a son, Donald C. Brush Jr. of Leicester; a daughter, Katherine Dick and her husband, John of Salisbury; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A great-grandson is expected in April.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years in 1998; a grandson in 2001; and two sisters, Helen Lurk and Lurana McCray.

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.

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