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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.

Obituaries (07/10/08)

Renia Partridge

BRISTOL — Memorial services for Renia Partridge, who died May 6, 2008, will be held at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

The family will welcome friends at a reception at Mary’s Restaurant at Baldwin Creek following the service. For further information, contact Cindy Cote at [email protected].


Howard McCoy Munford

MIDDLEBURY — Howard McCoy Munford, Middlebury College professor emeritus of American Literature, died at his home in Middlebury on June 30, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday. A 1934 graduate of Middlebury, he joined the faculty in 1941, having received his M.A. from the Breadloaf School of English and later a Ph.D. from Harvard.

He retired from Middlebury College in 1977 after 35 years of teaching. His academic career was interrupted by service as a Navy air combat intelligence officer in World War II aboard a CVE aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 13, 1912, Howard grew up in Springfield, Mass., where he attended public school. In 1934, after graduating from Middlebury, he married Marion Roberts Jones, Middlebury class of ’32, in Mead Chapel. He then went on to teach English and American Literature from 1934 to 1938 at the Clark School in Hanover, N.H.

His academic career was enriched by an appointment at Stanford University in 1952 to study the interrelationship of science and literature; in 1954 he was a Fulbright lecturer in Finland; he joined John Berryman in 1957 on a United States Information Service tour of India; he was part of a 1958 State Department delegation of American professors visiting the Soviet Union; from 1963-1964 he lectured as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Obituaries (07/07/08)

Robert Lawrence Mack Sr.

SHELBURNE/GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Robert Lawrence Mack Sr., 81, died on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at his home in Shelburne following several years of failing health, with his devoted family at his side. He was born on the family farm in Charlotte, July 18,1926, the son of Ralph and Mary (Goodrich) Mack.

He attended Charlotte schools and Burlington High School. On Aug. 1, 1953, he married Mary Pollard in St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne.

He owned and operated a dairy farm in Charlotte with his family for numerous years. He was a member of the Farm Bureau. Following retirement he and his wife moved to Shelburne and Green Valley, Ariz., where they spent their winters with new friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Shelburne; and their eight children; Robert Mack Jr., Robin and David Mack, and Hilary, all of Charlotte; Susan Jipner and husband, Jay, of Bristol; Mary Gentes and husband, Vilas, of Essex Junction; Steven and Laura Mack of Charlotte; James Mack and Elizabeth Mack, both of Shelburne; and Kathleen Riggs and husband, Timothy, of Hinesburg.

Thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Helena Spear of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews also survive him.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Mack, a sister, Elizabeth Leahy; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Trevor Mack.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, July 2, in St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne with interment in the family lot in Shelburne Village Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446 or Shelburne Rescue, P.O. Box 254, Shelburne, VT 05482.

Obituaries (07/03/08)

Bonita Marie “Bonnie” Petty

RIPTON/AUSTIN, Texas — Bonita Marie “Bonnie” Petty, 61, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She was born in Middlebury on March 20, 1947, the daughter of Wendell and Roseann (Douville) Orvis.

She grew up in Melvin Bridge, N.Y., and attended New Lebanon (N.Y.) schools. She graduated from Shoreham High School in 1965. She afterwards attended Castleton State College and received her teaching degree from Johnson State College. In earlier years she taught at Weybridge Elementary School.

She moved to Austin, Texas, in the early 1980s, where she worked in property management for several years. She married her husband in Austin on Dec. 30, 1985. She had been working as a programs specialist for the state of Texas since 1989. She enjoyed flea markets, reading, and arts and crafts.

She is survived by her husband, James Petty of Austin, Texas; a step-son, Adam Petty of Austin, Texas; a step-daughter, Katrina Smart of Burnet, Texas; a brother, Peter Orvis of Ripton; two step-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 26, in Austin, Texas. A private graveside committal service and burial took place on Sunday, June 29, in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. The Rev. Lee Ferry, interim rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon, officiated.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service, 19 Elm St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or The American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.


Renia Partridge

BRISTOL — Memorial services for Renia Partridge, who died May 6, 2008, will be held at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

Obituaries (06/26/08)

Marion Manning

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Marion Manning, 83, died June 18, 2008, in Flemington, N.J. She was born in Winsted, Conn., the daughter of John and Ethel Duyser.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she was employed for many years as feature writer and editor of the Dalton (Mass.) News Record, including the year the paper was named the best weekly in New England, regardless of size, by the New England Press Association. Her human interest articles were published in local and national periodicals and newspapers.

 She lived in Panton for 25 years, 1977 to 2002.

She is survived by four children, James H. Manning of Washington, D.C., Marcia Zweerink of Overlea Farm, Flemington, N.J., John A. Manning of Jericho, and David W. Manning of Montville, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Manning, in l972.

A memorial service will be held July 11 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, Flemington. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Marion’s home on Overlea Farm at 127 Pleasant Run Road in Flemington.

The family will also greet friends in Dalton, Mass., on July 12 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Guild Hall.

A similar reception will be held at Button Bay State Park in Panton on Sunday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. following a private interment ceremony.

Those who wish may contribute to the William H. and Marion D. Manning Scholarship fund at Wahconah Regional High school, 150 Windsor Road, Dalton, Mass. 01226, an award given annually to a student interested in music or writing.


Gloria J. Gerry

Obituaries (06/23/08)

Janet M. Senecal

LITTLETON, N.H. — Janet M. Senecal, 69, died Friday, June 13, 2008, at Littleton Regional Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. She was born in Middlebury on May 28, 1939, the daughter of Paul and Gertrude (Bushey) Burke.

According to family, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going on camping trips, going on bus trips with her friends, working in her flower gardens, watching NASCAR, Redsox and Patriot games. She worked for Dodge Contracting, Littleton, N.H., for over 20 years.

She is survived by her brother, Larry Burke, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; her three children, Scott Senecal of Lisbon, N.H., Heather Senecal of Littleton, N.H., and Craig Senecal of Ossipee, N.H.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Robert J. Senecal, in 2000.

A Mass of Christian Burial was be held at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Littleton, N.H., on Saturday, June 21. Burial followed in St. Rose Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Littleton Area, 600 St. Johnsbury Rd. Littleton, NH 03561.

There is an electronic register at www.rossfuneral.com.

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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