David H. Hotte
FAIRFAX — David H. Hotte, 64, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home in Fairfax.
Born in Cornwall on Oct. 26, 1944, he was the son of the late Simon J. and Edith (Naylor) Hotte.
He was employed as a project superintendent for Pizzagalli Construction Co. for 36 years. He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and a member of St. Albans Elks Lodge No. 1566. David enjoyed watching a variety of sports, cooking, gardening and working in his yard.
David leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Bradley Newton of Rutland; two grandsons, David and Colby; three brothers, Stanley Hotte of Vergennes, Fred Hotte of Bristol and Reggie Hotte of Saratoga, N.Y.; a sister, Theresa Wright of Vergennes; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury, with Father Robert Whalen officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Chapter, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or the American Diabetes Association, Burlington VT-NY Office, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home and Cremation Service in St. Albans. Private online condolences may be made through www.healdfuneralhome.com
RIPTON — A funeral service for Judith Webb, 71, who died April 14, 2009, will be held Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at her home, 1132 Lincoln Rd. in Ripton.
Roland M. Vayer
VERGENNES, Vt./FEEDING HILLS, Mass. — Roland M. Vayer, 94, formerly of Vergennes, died Feb. 24, 2006, in a nursing home in Feeding Hills, Mass.
Born in St. Odilon, Canada, he lived in Vergennes most of his retirement years, moving to Feeding Hills in 2001. He worked for over 20 years as an electrical engineer for the Department of the Army, retiring in 1974.
He was instrumental in the mechanization of facilities for the modernization of the U.S. Postal Service, in particular, the bulk mail system. He was a World War II army veteran and a member of the Capital Radio Engineering Institute, and he twice received the Vermont National Defense Medal.
He is survived by a brother, Charlemange Veilleux of Newport; a sister, Gisele Lamoureux of Feeding Hills, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Inga Vayer, and by a sister, Martha Veilleux.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Peter’s church in Vergennes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
BRISTOL — Stewart Sumner, 87, formerly of Bristol, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury.
He was born May 11, 1921, in South Bristol, the son of Berley and Anna (Hallock) Sumner.
He worked at farming in Addison County for many years, as well as for Ralph Baslow on roadwork, for Kailin in Monkton, for Drake & Smith, and at Mount Abraham Union High School as a janitor.
He is survived by two sisters, Betty Cyr and Catherine Sibley; five brothers, Tracey, Stanley, Tex, Sunny and Phillip; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Crystal Lee; three sisters, Barbara, Marjorie and Beatrice; and two infant brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.
Robert S. Rule
VERGENNES — A graveside service for Robert S. Rule, 78, of Vergennes, who died Dec. 15, 2008, will be held May 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery in Shoreham. A casual-dress potluck gathering to celebrate his life will follow at Whispering Pines Campground in Panton.
Edward B. “Hap” Phillips
BRISTOL — Edward B. “Hap” Phillips, 79, formerly of Bristol, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.
He was born May 5, 1929, in Lincoln, the son of Charles and Mildred (Poland) Phillips.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.
MIDDLEBURY — A service celebrating the life of Dan Humphrey, 26, who died Jan. 8, 2009, will be held at Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m.
A music scholarship has been established in his honor to allow a student from Middlebury Union High School to attend a summer music camp. Donations can be mailed to the Dan Humphrey Music Scholarship, 402 Thompson Hill Rd., Weybridge, VT 05753.
David H. Hotte
FAIRFAX — David H. Hotte, 64, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home in Fairfax.
Born in Cornwall on October 26, 1944, he was the son of the late Simon J. and Edith (Naylor) Hotte.
He was employed as a project superintendent for Pizzagalli Construction Co. for 36 years. He was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and a member of St. Albans Elks Lodge No. 1566. His family says he enjoyed watching a variety of sports, cooking, gardening and working in his yard.
He is survived by his daughter, Kristi Newton and her husband Bradley of Rutland; three brothers, Stanley Hotte of Vergennes, Fred Hotte of Bristol and Reggie Hotte of Saratoga, N.Y.; a sister, Theresa Wright of Vergennes; two grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury, with the Rev. Robert Whalen officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Chapter, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or the American Diabetes Association, Burlington VT-NY Office, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, VT 05403. Private online condolences may be made through www.healdfuneralhome.com.
MIDDLEBURY — In the early dawn hours of May 5, 2009, Marie Highter gently passed from this world into the Lord’s waiting arms. She was born in St. Vincent, Ark., on May 10, 1920, to Henry and Bertha Kaufman and was a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy. In 1940, she met Robert Highter in Washington, D.C., and they married June 29, 1946. Together, they raised six children on South Munger Street in Middlebury.
Following Bob’s death in 1975, Marie found strength and courage in her deep faith in Christ and continued to share her life and wisdom with her children. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Throughout her life, Marie enjoyed various employment, especially her work at the Vermont State Craft Center, but found her greatest gift was nurturing her grandchildren. She enjoyed her many travels to Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Paris, Rome and beyond. Marie was a compassionate mother and grandmother and loved gardening, the mountain views from her deck and she anxiously awaited the return of her bluebirds each spring.
Later in life, Marie found great pride and pleasure in operating her bed and breakfast, “A Point of View,” and enjoyed welcoming travelers from around the world into her warm and comforting home. She was a wonderful hostess and continued opening her home to guests until the time of her passing.
Marie is survived by her beloved family: constant daily confidante and sister Betty Thines, brother and sister-in-law Leo and Beth Kaufman, as well as sisters-in-law Margaret, Theresa and Lou Kaufman and many nieces and nephews, all of Arkansas.
She is also survived by her devoted children and their spouses: Ron and Mary Ann Highter of Salisbury, Jer Highter and Annapurna Rosalli of Ripton, Ray Highter of Middlebury, Al Highter and Madeleine Quesnel of New Haven, Donna and Rene Audet of Cornwall and Deb and Rich Dessureault of New Haven. Also, her treasured grandchildren Carla, Josh, Erin, Jared, Eric, Tylor, Dylan and Sierra and great-granddaughter Isabelle. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents and brothers Fred, Ben, Carl, Clem, Louis, Herman and Floyd.
Her family wishes to extend gratitude to Dr. Smith, Dr. Holmes and the devoted staff at Porter Hospital and Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for their sensitivity and compassion and for allowing her large family the privacy to be constantly by her side. Also, to Marie’s many faithful friends and neighbors, you were truly a blessing to her.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, at St. Mary’s Church, Middlebury. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family requests those wishing to make donations to St. Mary’s Church or St. Mary’s School, Shannon Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
With strength and guidance, she was the anchor of our family. Her presence enriched all who knew and loved her and she will be deeply missed. God bless you Mom. Rest in peace.
Donald I. Gale Sr.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Donald I. Gale Sr., 86, a native of Salisbury, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Winter Haven, Fla.
He was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Salisbury, the son of the late Howard and Grace (Johnson) Gale. He graduated from Middlebury College and on Sept. 29, 1945, married Martha Elizabeth Sammons of Whiteville, Tenn., who survives him.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in WW II at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He was a nuclear physicist with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, retiring after 30 years of service.
From 1976 to 2000, he lived in Whiteville, Tenn., where he was deacon and choir member of the Whiteville First Baptist Church. He lived in Winter Haven, Fla., the past nine years. His family says he was a caring and loving husband and father and dedicated member of his local church and community.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Dr. Don Gale Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; Dr. John Gale of Golden, Colo.; and Dr. Timothy Gale of Flowery Branch, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Monday, May 4, in the Shackelford Chapel in Bolivar, Tenn. Interment was in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery near Whiteville, Tenn.
Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Verna Mae Evarts
VERGENNES — Verna Mae Evarts, 102, died April 29, 2009, in the care home of Sue and Carl Laberge in Vergennes.
She was born Feb. 5, 1907, in Salona, Penn., the daughter of B. Franklin and Mary C. Long. She graduated from Lock Haven High School and attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1929.
She taught school in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and for 18 years at Vergennes High School. Her last years there were as librarian at the Vergennes Union High School. After retiring, she worked many years as librarian at the Bixby Memorial Library.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, having served several years as a member of the vestry and as treasurer. Active in the community as well, she served as a ballot clerk for many elections in Vergennes. In 1959, she became a member of Otter Creek No. 74 Order of the Eastern Star. She served 12 years as its treasurer and 29 years as Electa.
She is survived by two sons, Lloyd and wife Sabina of Shelburne and Dale and wife Andree of Hemet, Calif.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in Vermont and Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd R. Evarts, in 1956; her brothers, Jesse and Jacob; and her sister, Frances.
A celebration of her life will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Vergennes, Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church or Bixby Memorial Library.
Waverly J. Carl
MIDDLEBURY — A graveside service for Waverly J. Carl, 68, who died Jan. 16, 2009, will be held Saturday, May 9, at 10:15 a.m., in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Middlebury.
Henry Lewis Bissette
BRANDON — Henry Lewis Bissette, 78, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at his home in Brandon.
He was born in Brandon on Nov. 7, 1930, the son of Truman and Myrtle (Jones) Bissette. He received his early education in local Brandon schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1950.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a repeater man and in carrier equipment installation and maintenance during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge he returned home to Vermont. He worked for his father at T.R. Bissette & Sons and later took over following the death of his father. He ran the family business for 38 years.
He served on the Brandon Fire Department for 15 years. He was a member of the Neshobe Old Time Fish & Game Club and honorary member of the Neshobe Sportsman Club. Relatives say he enjoyed playing cards and camping with a special group of friends at Wyman’s Campgrounds for more than 30 years. And he enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on the Neshobe Sportsman Club annual fishing derby for more than 30 years. He worked with the Boy Scouts, the Webelos and Troop 111. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine (Alger) Bissette of Brandon, whom he married Aug. 25, 1952; three sons, Neil Bissette and his wife Connie of Forest Dale, Tony Bissette and his wife Ann and Steve Bissette, all of Brandon; one daughter, Gay Marie Carmichael and her husband Scott of Brandon; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Ann Marie Bissette, and two brothers, Richard and Perry Bissette.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Joseph Romano, pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Pittsford, will be the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow in the family lot at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fishing Derby, Neshobe Sportsman Club, P.O. Box 321, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.
Wilfrid R. Bilodeau
WEYBRIDGE — Wilfrid R. Bilodeau, 87, of Weybridge died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
Born in Rochester, May 16, 1921, he was the son of the late Wilfrid P. and Josephine (Corriveau) Bilodeau.
Wilfrid was predeceased by his beloved wife, Antoinette (Salvator) Bilodeau, on Sept. 23, 2000. He shared his life with her and a passion for nature, particularly birding and gardening.
He grew up in Johnson and graduated from Johnson High School in 1939 and then worked with his father at Johnson Talc Mill. During WW II he proudly served in the United States Navy. He received his college degree from Johnson State College and his master’s of education from Michigan State University.
Mr. Bilodeau taught in Vergennes for six years and for 22 years at Middlebury Union High School, retiring in 1983. In addition he did auditing for the town of Weybridge and served as justice of the peace.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, and was known as someone who could fix anything. Wilfred was also an accomplished carpenter, having built a home in 1947 for his parents’ retirement years. He was very proud to have passed on so many of his skills and interests to his sons, their wives and his greatly loved grandchildren.
Wilfrid took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was tremendously proud of them all. He loved to hear their stories and share his with them. They will miss their beloved Pepere dearly.
Wilfrid kept busy with his many dear friends, doing projects and enjoying great conversation. He was always made to feel part of his extended families.
Family members include three sons, Blaise of Waltham, Mass., Lawrence and his wife France of Rutland, and Joseph and his wife Wendy of South Burlington; four grandchildren, Mark Bilodeau and his wife Amy, Natalie Bilodeau and her fiancé Michael Grady, Leslie Langevin and her husband Eric, and Kelsey Bilodeau; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Grace Bilodeau; his sister, Cecilia “Dolly” Sinclair and her husband Robert; and many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, three sisters and their husbands.
The family wants to take this opportunity to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Fletcher Allen Healthcare and Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and all his personal physicians who provided him with such wonderful care. We are indeed fortunate to have such wonderful caring people for our loved ones.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. Interment with military honors will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson.
The family would be pleased to have those wishing, to make donations to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Donald R. Bannister Sr.
WILDWOOD, Fla. — Donald R. Bannister Sr., 68, of Wildwood, Fla., died Sunday, May 3, 2009. He moved to Florida in 1994 from Brandon.
He was retired from Omya Inc. and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 55, the Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 111, all in Brandon. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Rutland.
He is survived by four sons, Donald R. Bannister and his wife Gail of St. Albans, Leonard Bannister of Alburg, Neil Bannister of Alburg, and Kenneth Bannister of Brandon; one daughter, Helen Columbs and husband Tim of Enosburg Falls; two brothers, Douglas Bannister of Layton, Utah, and Carl Wixon of Roswell, N.M.; four sisters, Augusta “Ginger” Stearns of Middlebury, Beverly Devino of Forest Dale, Barbara Spear of Bristol, and Mary Jensen and her husband Mike of Forest Dale; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Augusta Bannister; one son, Tommy Bannister; one brother, Kenneth C. T. Bannister; and one sister, Debbie Lowell.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 111, c/o Trent Taylor, 2228 Grove St., Brandon, VT 05733. Online condolences may be left at www.bankspagetheus.com.
Joseph A. Provoncha
BRISTOL — Joseph A. Provoncha, 53, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.
He was born June 29, 1955, in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Maurice Provoncha and Marguerite Secoy Holdman.
He loved hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors, camping, and gardening. He worked at Johnson Lumber Mill for 25 years. He married Jodi Tierney on May 19, 1979.
Joseph is survived by his soulmate, Jodi Provoncha; his two daughters, Hillary and Courtney Provoncha; a grandson, Gabriel Cousino; a granddaughter, Tierney Provoncha; his dog, Lily; his sisters, Marcia and Mary; a brother, Charlie; his mother, Marguerite and stepfather Bill; and several stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Bristol Federated Church. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Tuesday May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Leslie Earl Myers Sr.
PANTON — Leslie Earl Myers Sr. of Panton died quietly at home on April 28, 2009.
He was born Aug. 24, 1925, the son of Earl E. Myers and Charlotte Billings, both of Vergennes.
As a young man he answered the call to duty in the Asiatic Pacific Theater from Oct. 30, 1942, to January 1946. He served as a sonar and shore patrolman in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of Cairo Temple Masonic Lodge of Rutland and was an avid aviator, spending many hours at Middlebury Airport. He was a business owner of a TV repair and gun shop in the old Vergennes Theater when TV was new in the ’50s. He was also a field engineer at Hercules/Simmonds Precision of Vergennes, spending some time in Singapore in the ’80s. After retirement he dedicated countless hours to Civil Air Patrol as a colonel.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Jeanne Moorby-Myers of Vergennes; two sons, Leslie Myers Jr. of Orwell and Peter Myers of New Haven; two daughters, Elizabeth Price of Addison and Lois Myers of Panton; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jacqueline Barone of South Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cairo Temple of Rutland. A graveside service was held Saturday, May 2, at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Anthony “Tony” Lalumiere
WEST FERRISBURGH — Anthony “Tony” Lalumiere, 60, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Colchester, the son of the late Peter Lalumiere and Lillian Sears Lalumiere.
Relatives say he was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved his family, friends and beagle, Maggie, with all his heart. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, tall tales and willingness to help anyone in need.
He is survived by a daughter, Andrea; a son, Andrew; three brothers, Lewis Lalumiere and wife Karolyn, John Lalumiere, and Francis Lalumiere and wife Cindy; a sister, Mary Ringer and husband David; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home on Monday from 5 p.m. up to the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lake Champlain Walleye Association, Colchester, VT 05446.
Nancy Louise (Black) Valko
PORTLAND, Ore. — Nancy Louise (Black) Valko passed away peacefully on her own terms, surrounded by her family, flowers, sunshine and love, on the afternoon of Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Portland, Ore.
A third-generation California native born and raised in San Diego, Nancy and her family spent every summer at the family cottage in Mission Beach. Nancy graduated from San Diego’s Point Loma High School in 1969; she attended college in northern California.
After her marriage to Christopher Madruga dissolved, she moved to San Francisco where she worked at the University of California Medical Center. In 1980, Nancy married Edward Valko in San Diego. With a desire to discover more about the small Vermont town they had heard much about from a friendship with Marna Mraz, they soon crossed the country in their VW van and chose to settle in Middlebury where Ed worked as an accountant, eventually setting up his own practice.
Their children were both born at Porter Hospital; son Winter was born in 1980 and daughter Asylan in 1983. Nancy was primarily a homemaker but was always involved with some other business relating to a healthier lifestyle and alternatives to Western medicine. She was a knowledgeable resource for nutrition and massage, always sharing her energy to help ease one’s difficulties. Nancy and Ed relocated the family to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1989, and then on to Crestone, Colo., where they made numerous new friends and built a custom home.
When the marriage ended in the late ’90s, Nancy and her children headed for Oregon where Ashland became their home. After selling her home in Oregon and taking a trip to Europe and then China to learn to teach Qigong, she chose to live in Santa Barbara, Calif.
During her lifetime she made many friends and touched many more lives. The past three-and-a-half years Nancy fought a valiant and courageous fight against ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. She had not been conclusively diagnosed until about a year ago. In August of 2007, Nancy’s sister Marnie brought her to live with her in Middlebury.
Nancy had an amazing opportunity to travel to Brazil to spend three months with John of God. She experienced great happiness and was at peace with herself during those months. In mid-July through the fall of 2008, Nancy returned to live in Crestone, Colo., enjoying a reconnection with old friends and new. She was able to travel with her children to San Diego in August for a family reunion to celebrate her mother’s 88th birthday. Last November she decided to be closer to her children and made her final move back to the Portland area.
Nancy inspired every person she knew, including those newly met and/or just getting to know her. Nancy’s children, family and many friends will forever miss the bright light she was for all of us. She left this world with a message of eternal hope and everlasting peace.
She is survived by her son, Winter Valko and his partner Stephanie Bobbitt and her daughter Asylan Valko, both of Portland, Ore.; her mother, Ellen Gay Black, and her brother, Robert Black Jr., both of San Diego, Calif.; her sisters, Marnie Wood of Middlebury, Debbie Hayes of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Betty Cruz and her husband John of Molokai, Hawaii; her nephew, Christian Chase of Austin, Texas; her niece Erika Black and husband Roddy Thompson and great-niece Olivia of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as numerous cousins and second cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Black Sr., a prominent San Diego businessman who died in 1997.
Nancy and her family would especially like to thank the many friends, old and new, who assisted with her care in Middlebury. Her life in Portland was made better through the efforts of the staffs at Serenity Hospice, the ALS Society, and Compassion and Choices organizations. Their compassion, skill and support have been generously shared with Nancy and the family during the final months of her life. Donations may be made to any of these organizations in Nancy’s memory.
A celebration of her life will be held in San Diego and the scattering of her ashes will be in the warm waters of Hawaii; both will be scheduled at a later date.
Joseph T. Steventon
ROCHESTER — Joseph T. Steventon, 89, former Vermont state legislator, of Rochester, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
He was born June 17, 1919, in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Joseph and Anna (Raabe) Steventon. He moved with his family to Rochester in October 1923. He attended Rochester Village School and one year at Rochester High School.
He moved back to Connecticut in 1934, and in 1936 started working for General Electric’s new radio division, where he remained for four-and-a-half years. He graduated from Gilbert High School in Winsted, Conn.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940, and attended Signal Corps Officer Candidate School in 1942. He was then assigned to radar school at Fort Monmouth, N.J., followed by radio school. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant and was officer in charge of Morse code school. In 1943, he was assigned to the 989th Signal Service Company, where he became an executive and technical officer.
He married Margaret Roberts of Torrington, Conn., on Nov. 20, 1943, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage this past November. When his military service was completed in 1946, he and his wife moved back to the farm in Rochester.
He was elected to the Vermont Legislature in 1968, serving six terms through 1981. He worked for Weyerhauser Plant in Hancock for nine years, and for Omya in Florence from 1979 until retiring in January 2000 at the age of 80.
He held several town offices and was active in the American Legion, where he held several offices including post commander. He was active in the Masonic Order, holding several offices including master of the lodge and district deputy grand master for District One.
He was an amateur radio operator since 1937, and held an extra class license, handling messages in traffics nets most of the time. His family says he loved fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren. Gardening on the farm with a beautiful greenhouse was a big love of his, and he proudly shared his fresh vegetables and fruits with his family and friends. He enjoyed playing keyboard at the Peavine and at Quintown Senior Center, and at numerous functions in the area. He liked to visit with everyone and always had a big smile.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Rochester; a daughter, Joan Steventon and her fiancé Roger Holland of North Carolina; four sons, Thomas Steventon and his wife Cindy, Charles Steventon and his wife Lisa, Robert Steventon and his wife Gloria and Bruce Steventon and his wife Elizabeth, all of Rochester; a sister, Ann Steventon Chandler and her husband George of Orange; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, with a Masonic service starting at 7:30 p.m. Private burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Rochester will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Private online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
Jeanette Elizabeth Osterhout
BRANDON — Jeanette Elizabeth Osterhout, 62, died early Tuesday morning, April 28, 2009, upon arrival at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Rutland on October 22, 1946, the daughter of Guy and Gladys (Elliott) Wheeler. She grew up in Forest Dale and received her early education in local Forest Dale schools. She graduated from Otter Valley Union High School, class of 1964.
In her earlier years she did clerical work at the Ayrshire Breeders Association. She took time out to raise her two sons and returned to the work force in 1988. For the past 21 years she worked as a paraeducator at Neshobe Elementary School. She had planned to retire in June of this year. She was a member of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. Relatives say she enjoyed lawn sales.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth M. Osterhout of Brandon, whom she married May 19, 1967, at Forest Dale Wesleyan Church; two sons, Jay Osterhout and his wife Christy of Lisbon, N.Y., and Mark Osterhout and his wife Amy of South Bend, Ind.; a sister, Janice A. Gearwar of Brandon; three grandchildren; an aunt, Shirley Matson of Glens Falls, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, Guy and Gladys Wheeler; a brother, Earl A. Wheeler; and a nephew.
The funeral service will be held Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m., at the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial will follow, in the family lot, at Forest Dale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church, Memorial Fund, 1895 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
George William McKeighan
BRANDON — George William McKeighan, 76, of Brandon, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Rupert on June 5, 1932, the son of George Henry and Pearl (King) McKeighan. He received his education in local Rupert schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Vermont.
In his earlier years he was employed as a building contractor in Rutland. He later went to work at Brandon Fuels. During his years at Brandon Fuels he attended courses in Rutland and graduated with honors as a licensed plumber. He continued working as a plumber and steam fitter at Brandon Fuels and later as a self-employed plumber and steam fitter contractor. He retired in April 1996.
Following retirement he and his wife moved to a home on Lake Hortonia, which relatives say they enjoyed very much. They afterwards returned to Brandon to be nearer their family. During his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Alger McKeighan of Brandon, whom he married Aug. 1, 1952, in Brandon; three sons, Dennis and his wife Sarah of Leicester, Barry and his wife Nancy of Brandon, and Paul and his wife Ildiko of Phoenicia, N.Y.; two daughters, Wanda Perron and her husband Kevin, and Cathy Rawson and her husband Michael, all of Brandon; three sisters, Hazel Baron of West Hartford, Conn., Theresa Wilkins of Granville, N.Y., and Pearl Fales of Rutland; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Floyd, Theodore and Daniel; and three sisters, Stella Allen, Winifred Croff and Mertie Hall Cafaro.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Following the service the family will receive friends at the church hall for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be may be made in his memory to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701, or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Alice Evelyn Kvasnak
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. — Alice Evelyn Kvasnak, 89, a resident of Ponte Vedra, Fla., died April 26, 2009, at Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring with her loved ones by her side.
She was born in South Bend, Ind., on July 22, 1919, daughter of Peter and Alfreda Pine. She graduated from high school in South Bend. During high school she worked after school at a gift shop developing her talents as a merchandiser that she would use later in life.
In 1940 she married Cornelius “Neil” J. Kvasnak, a graduate of Notre Dame. In addition to her beauty, intellect and charm, Neil was also attracted to Alice’s love for the outdoors. One of their first dates was Alice teaching Neil how to fish. When WW II broke out, Neil was commissioned as a naval intelligence officer. Alice traveled with Neil to various deployments including Cambridge, Mass., Charleston, S.C., Miami, Fla., San Diego, Calif., and Washington, D.C.
After the war, Alice and Neil raised three boys, Robert Neil, Andrew, and Neil. In 1966 Alice and Neil bought the retail shop Skihaus in Middlebury. Through Alice’s eye for fashion and her merchandising skills, the Kvasnak family helped establish the Geiger of Austria manufacturing facility in Middlebury.
Later she and her husband moved to St. Michaels, Md., establishing another retail store, Shaw Bay Classics, and then finally retired to Florida, first residing in St. Augustine at Camachee Cove Harbor and then moving to Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra, where they have been members of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Alice is survived by her husband, Cornelius “Neil” J. Kvasnak; three sons, Robert Neil and his partner Edmar DaSilva, Andrew, and Neil and his partner Kathleen Duclos; seven grandchildren, Heather Lynch, Andrea Kvasnak, Leandra Jenkins, Chase Kvasnak, Lindsay Kvasnak, Ethan Kvasnak and Adam Kvasnak; her brother, John Pine; and her devoted friend and caregiver, Sandra Bowes.
A visitation was held at Ponte Vedra Valley on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 7 until 9 p.m. with a prayer vigil led by Father Dan DePascale at 7:30 p.m. A celebration for Alice will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea on Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. with Father Dan DePascale as celebrant. Interment will follow in Ponte Vedra Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida at (904) 886-3883.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com. Arrangements are under the care of Ponte Vedra Valley (904) 285-1130.
Dorothy L. Gilman
VERGENNES — Graveside committal services for Dorothy L. Gilman will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at Fairway Cemetery in Bethel, with Rev. George Sweet officiating. A former resident of Braintree and Randolph, she died at her home in Vergennes on Feb. 6 at the age of 91.
Rachel Pearl Denis
CASTLETON — Rachel Pearl Denis, 78, of Castleton, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Pines of Rutland.
She was born in Sudbury on March 8, 1931. She was the daughter of Perley & Lula (Branch) Disorda Sr. She received her education in local Sudbury Schools. She was a resident of Castleton for the past 20 years, after moving from Rutland.
In her earlier years she worked as a waitress at several area restaurants. She also worked for several years as a nurse’s aide at area nursing homes. Relatives say she enjoyed yard sales, fishing and spending time with her family.
She is survived by two brothers, Perley Disorda Jr. and James Disorda, both of Brandon; two sisters, Viola Austin of Whiting and Phyllis Bailey of Brandon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her life partner, Abe “Bill” Ploof, in 2008; a brother, Albert Disorda; and a sister, Jane Gove.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot at Wallace Cemetery in Sudbury. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to the Recreation Fund for the residents at the Pines of Rutland, 99 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701.
Ronald L. Cloutier
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Ronald L. Cloutier, 44, formerly of Whiting, died unexpectedly April 11, 2009, at his home in Fort Smith, Ark.
Born in Middlebury on Jan. 6, 1965, he was the son of Rolland L. and Judith A. (Desrocher) Cloutier. He was a 1983 graduate of Otter Valley Union High School.
He was a resident of Fort Smith since 1997, moving from Whiting. He was an employee of Fortis Plastics of Fort Smith. He was a member of National Rifle Association and relatives say he enjoyed karate.
He is survived by his son, Michael L. Cloutier of Fort Smith, Ark.; his parents, Rolland and Judith Cloutier of Whiting; a sister, Karen A. Cloutier of Nashua, N.H.; a brother, Paul R. Cloutier of Webster, Mass.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ron was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Theophile and Flore (Richer) Cloutier and his maternal grandparents, Donald and Marion (Blaise) Desrocher.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, with the Rev. William R. Beaudin, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — John Onufry of St. Petersburg, Fla., died April 15, 2009, following complications from a stroke. He was born in Newburyport, Mass., in 1923. John was the son of Wanda (Mammoth) Onufrowicz and John Onufrowicz. He was predeceased by his older brother Edwin in 1942.
John “Clip” Onufry graduated from Ipswich High School and Posser College, and he attended the University of New Hampshire. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator on the Island of Morotai in the Pacific during WW II.
After being a longtime resident of Boxford, Mass., John retired to St. Petersburg, Fla. Before his retirement he worked in the insurance and car industries. John was an active tennis player and later became a tennis professional in Massachusetts and Florida.
He was an accomplished skier, which included conquering Tuckerman’s Ravine in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. John also loved the game of golf, working and playing many hours at Isla del Sol Yacht and Golf Club in St. Petersburg. Singing was a lifelong passion for John, and a gift that his children will always remember and cherish as well as his great sense of humor and love of poetry.
Mr. Onufry is survived by his three children and their spouses: K.O. Onufry of Salisbury, Vt., Mark and Asa Onufry of Boxford, Mass., and Diane and Mark Thompson of Boxford, Mass. He was a loving grandfather to Skyler Browder, Erik and Anna Onufry, and Tory, Alex and Mark Thompson. He is also survived by his brother, William Onufry and wife Lorraine of Wolfboro, N.H., and their children, Richard, Patrice and Suzanne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to Tenacity, a program transforming youth through literacy, life-skills and tennis: Tenacity Inc., 367 Western Ave., 2nd floor, Brighton, MA 02135.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on May 16, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ipswich VFW, 110 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.
Norma Lois Meyer
BRANDON — Norma Lois Meyer, 76, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at her family farm in Brandon.
She was born in Brandon on Nov. 19, 1932, the daughter of Earl and Lila (Trombley) Dunshee.
She graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1950. She afterwards attended Ithaca College.
In her earlier years she worked as a waitress at the Sagamore Inn at Bolton Landing, N.Y., where she met her future husband, a chef, Robert H. Meyer. They were married on Jan. 15, 1953, in Key West, Fla. They returned to Brandon in 1958.
She worked at the Brandon Bank for several years before taking a position at Otter Valley Union High School as a teacher’s aide and later as an office secretary. She worked as a legal secretary for attorney Jeff Smith in Brandon for 16 years prior to her retirement.
She was an avid golfer and life member at Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon, and an avid reader and frequent patron at the Brandon Free Public Library. Family says she looked forward to spending part of the winter watching the sunrise over the Atlantic and walking the beach at Ponce Inlet, Fla. She worked as a volunteer at Rutland Regional Medical Center and attended St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon.
She is survived by two daughters, Andrea Meyer of Brandon and Jeanne Meyer and her companion Ron Richards of Goshen; three sisters, Jeanne Jenkins of Williston, Mary Ketcham of Brandon and Elinor Johnson of Wooster, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband on March 12, 1988; a brother, Erwin Dunshee; and a sister, Arlene Sherman.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon. The Rev. Margaret Fletcher will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Brandon Free Public Library, 2 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.
Ronald Earl Liberty
FAIR HAVEN — Ronald Earl Liberty, 50, died April 15, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a long, courageous battle with diabetes, kidney disease and congestive heart failure. His family has deep roots in Starksboro.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1959, in Westford, the son of Patrick and Marguerite Liberty.
He enjoyed four-wheeling, fishing, working on cars and all things outdoors. He worked as a dump truck driver and heavy equipment operator, which he also enjoyed very much.
Ron is survived by a daughter, Christine Liberty of Fair Haven; his loving mother, Marguerite Liberty of Westford; his brother, Ricky and wife Brenda; a sister, Anne Liberty of Winooski; five nephews and one niece; and his devoted and faithful friend, his dog Peaches.
Ronald was predeceased by his father, Patrick H. Liberty, in December 2008, and by several aunts and uncles.
Special thanks go out to a very wonderful caregiver and friend, Lisa Van Guilder; she will never be forgotten for her strength, love and generosity. Thank you to Lee Culver for the care of Ronald by taking him for rides and fishing, which they enjoyed doing together, and special thank you to Lena and the staff of the kidney dialysis unit of Rutland Hospital, whom he enjoyed very much, and the many doctors Ronald had over the years.
A time of celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009, with calling hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Richmond Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Richmond, Vt. Contributions in Ronald’s memory may be sent to Christine Liberty, P.O. Box 672, Hydeville, VT 05750. Arrangements are in care of Gifford Funeral Service, 22 Depot St., Richmond.
Wayne Keith Ketcham
BRANDON — Wayne Keith Ketcham, 78, died peacefully with his family by his side, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
Wayne, affectionately known as John, was born in Middlebury Nov. 9, 1930, the son of the late Dighton C. and Gladys (Johnson) Ketcham.
Family members include two sons, Jonathan K. Ketcham of Douglasville, Penn., and Brian L. Ketcham Sr. of Brandon; two daughters, Tamara J. Jasperson and Candace A. Willard of Ashland, Wis.; three brothers, Treverton “TD” Ketcham of Whiting, Gordon R. Ketcham of Brandon and Thomas J. Ketcham of Sudbury; nine grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Irene Walker, Sylvia Freemantle and Elizabeth Vissi.
To honor his request, there will be no calling hours or services at this time. A private service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Earl E. Estus
MILL RIVER, Mass./BRISTOL, Vt. — Earl E. Estus, 90, died peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury with his grandsons at his side.
He was born June 4, 1918, in Monkton, the son of Homer and Winaford (Gifford) St. Pierre.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II in Company A, 4th and 5th Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va. He lived most of his life in Massachusetts, working 30 years as a farmer at Brewer Farm and 32 years as a construction worker with Gilligan.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; his daughter, Barbara Prime; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Friends may join the family at Libanus Lodge on North Street in Bristol on Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bruce James Allen
CARTHAGE, N.C. — Bruce James Allen, 69, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of James and Selma Allen. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and in 1985 retired as a police officer from the Nassau County Police Department in New York. In 2005 he and his wife, Virginia, moved to Moore County and settled in Carthage.
He was a member of the Independence Lodge No. 10 in Orwell, Vt., and was a past member of the Cairo Shriners in Rutland. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia M. Allen; a daughter, Christine Steingraber and husband Todd of Carthage, N.C.; a brother, George Allen of Newcastle, Neb.; and two grandchildren, Eric and Kirsten Steingraber.
A graveside service with military honors will take place at noon on Tuesday, May 12, at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in North Carolina, with Pastor Scott Homesly celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Independence Lodge No. 10, Scholarship Fund, 467 Main Street, Orwell, VT 05760, or to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Online condolences may be made at www.FryAndPrickett.com.
MIDDLEBURY — Barbara Towne of Middlebury died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born on Jan. 2, 1955, the daughter of Oliver Broughton and Ann Reba (Oliver) Broughton, Barbara was a U.S. Postal Service clerk for 25 years at the East Middlebury Post Office, a career of which she was most proud.
She is survived by her father, OB and his wife Claire Broughton of Monkton; her mother, Ann Broughton of Middlebury; her brothers, Michael and his wife Mary Jane Broughton of Bristol, and Steve and his wife Valerie Broughton of Poultney; her stepsister, Desi and her husband Karl Green of Monkton; her maternal grandmother, Lucille James of Middlebury; her maternal uncles, Ronald and his wife Priscilla Oliver of Ithaca, N.Y., and Eugene and his wife Marianne Oliver of Lakewood, Fla.; her maternal aunt Linda and her husband Bryan Upton of Hartland; her paternal uncle, Robert and his wife Barbara Broughton of Jericho; her paternal aunt, Helen and her husband Robert Prentice of San Diego, Calif.; her nephews, Gabriele Broughton of California and Ben and his wife Loyal Broughton of Bristol; and many cousins.
She is also survived by Susanne Button, her partner of 21 years, whom she married on Oct. 23, 2004, and Sue’s daughters, Beth and John Myers and their daughters Madelyn Myers and Kenzie Myers, all of Murray, Ky., and Erin Button of Hartford, Vt., all of whom she was very proud of and loved very much. Barbara is also survived by her dog Toby, who she loved like a son. She also leaves a multitude of warm and loving friends. She always said that the good Lord blessed her by putting such wonderful people in her life.
She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Oliver and Blandine Broughton, and her step-grandfather, Edwin James Sr.
As per Barbara’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Middlebury VFW Hall on Exchange Street. All are invited.
John Paul Plank
NEW HAVEN — John Paul Plank, longtime resident of New Haven, died April 21, 2009, of respiratory failure at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
He was born in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 31, 1926, the son of Pauline and John Plank. He attended school in Tenafly, N.J., where he resided until joining the United States Navy in 1943. He was part of the Amphibious Landing Force assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater, where he was awarded six battle stars and a commendation for devotion to duty while under heavy enemy attack.
On his return to civilian life he completed his high school education and attended Florida Southern College, earning a bachelor of science degree in biology. After college he was employed by the Perkin Elmer Corporation of Norwalk, Conn., as a sales executive. During this time he met his wife Claire.
John and his family moved to Winhall, Vt., in 1971, where he was active in the community, serving on the planning commission, volunteer fire department and the first-response rescue squad. Since 1980, he and Claire resided in New Haven, where they operated the New Haven Mills Tree Farm, until their recent move to Middlebury.
In addition to his wife Claire, of 54 years, he is survived by two sons, David of Rotonda West, Fla., and Kurt of North Ferrisburgh; and his five grandchildren, Max, Zoe, Margo, Karla and Phoebe.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Porter Medical Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The family wishes to thank the many friends and others who cared for John.
All services will be private.
Ralph C. “John” White
BRISTOL — Ralph C. “John” White, 67, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
He was born December 5, 1941, in South Hero, the son of Milton and Doris Mable White.
He worked at A. Johnson Lumber Company for 42 years. He loved to ice fish and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia White of Bristol; three children, Dan Cox and fiancée Vera of Monkton, Kevin White of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Elizabeth Roy and husband Jacob of Bristol; a daughter-in-law, Karen Cox of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Margaret Hendee of Jericho; an aunt, Mary White of South Hero; and several nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Linda Payne; a daughter, Jackie Jackson; a brother, Warren White; and a sister, Betty Folum.
Funeral services were held, Friday, April 17, at his home, with interment at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.
MIDDLEBURY — Fran Kerr of Middlebury died Monday, April 13, 2009. She had been a resident of the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury for several months.
A funeral service will take place Tuesday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.
Ramonah Mae Devino
BRISTOL — Ramonah Mae Devino of Bristol died on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in her 90s.
A long-time resident of Bristol, she was the beloved wife of Robert Devino, who predeceased her.
Private graveside services will be held.
Donations may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.
Ralph C. “John” White
BRISTOL — Ralph C. “John” White, 67, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
He was born December 5, 1941, in South Hero, the son of Milton and Doris Mable White.
He worked at A. Johnson Lumber Co. for 42 years. He loved to ice fish and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia White of Bristol; three children, Dan Cox and fiancé Vera of Monkton, Kevin White of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Elizabeth Roy and husband Jacob of Bristol; a daughter-in-law, Karen Cox of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Margaret Hendee of Jericho; an aunt Mary White of South Hero; and several nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Linda Payne; a daughter, Jackie Jackson; a brother, Warren White; and a sister, Betty Folum.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at Ralph and Patricia’s home, 826 Stony Hill Road, Bristol. Interment will be at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Calling hours will be on Friday April 17, at Ralph and Patricia’s home in Bristol from noon up to the hour of the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443. Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol will be in charge of arrangements.
Judith A. Webb
RIPTON — Judith A. Webb, 71, a resident of Ripton for many years, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Porter Hospital.
Born in Bethel March 16, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Israel and Grace (Brink) Blanchard.
She was a former employee of Middlebury College, the Counseling Service of Addison County and Addison County Home Health & Hospice.
Her family says she enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader.
She is survived by three sons, Lyle W. Webb Jr. of Ripton, James S. Webb of Ripton and Richard S. Webb of East Middlebury; two daughters, Kathy L. Webb of Addison and Sherry K. Williams of Forest Dale; four sisters, Joan Cobb of Lincoln, Linda Barrows of Brandon, Wilma Blanchard of Rutland, and Donna Blanchard of New York; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother, John Blanchard.
Family graveside services will be held at a later date at Cook Cemetery in Ripton.
Wilhelm Fredrick Rotax
NEW HAVEN — Wilhelm Fredrick Rotax, 94, of New Haven died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
He was born in Monkton on
October 11, 1914, the son of Fredrick and Bessie Stilson Rotax.
He is survived by a brother, Paul and wife Doris Rotax of Lincoln, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services will be at a later date.
RIPTON — On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., friends and family will gather at the Ripton Community House to celebrate the life of Ripton resident Les Posdamer, who died Nov. 13, 2008, at the age of 60. To honor his wishes, guests are asked to bring their favorite jokes to share and come prepared to celebrate.
Phyllis S. Patnode
NORFOLK, Va. — Phyllis S. Patnode, 67, of Norfolk died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in a Norfolk hospital. She was a retired computer programmer and a native of Orwell.
She is survived by her husband Skip Patnode; a son, Norman Patnode and wife Elaine of Woodbridge, Va.; a daughter, Susan Cervantes of Norfolk; her mother, Iris F. Stacy of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Harold A. Stacy, and a sister, Anne Warner.
A memorial remembrance will be held Saturday, April 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, in Norfolk. Internment will take place at a later date in Vermont.
Memorial donations may be made to the Khedive Transportation Fund, 645 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23320. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
Dr. Edward “Bud” August Mueller III
CHITTENDEN — Dr. Edward “Bud” August Mueller III died of liver failure on Sunday April 12,2009 at Massachusetts General Hospital following heart transplant surgery on April 6, 2009. He was a warm, loving, kind and generous spirit who will live on in all who knew him. The doctors, nurses, and others who have provided care over the past seventeen years in Rutland, Dartmouth and Boston have put tremendous skill and technology to work in not only keeping him alive but giving him the best quality of life.
Bud’s life was heartening and beautiful and he would want everyone to celebrate his life by remembering at the end of each day, something for which they are grateful.
Bud is survived by his daughter, Hadley Erin, and his wife, Kim Moyer. Also a sister, Cheryl Mueller and nephew John Greg Mueller both of Dallas, Texas. Brothers-in-law Kevin Moyer, Kregg Moyer and his wife Susan Baum and sons Colin and Ethan. In laws, Meredith Moyer, and Charles Moyer and his wife Donna as well as a niece Kaylee and nephew Tyler. His friendships are many and very deep.
His life will be celebrated at his home in Chittenden on June 27, 2009. Details will be announced in the future. But for this celebration, his family would appreciate the sharing of stories, songs, pictures, poems and other music that captures his spirit. We would also like each attendee to bring a rock from their home or special place in order that a stone wall can be built along side the many stone walls Bud has built over the years.
In lieu of flowers, we would like to honor Bud’s life by having donations be made to the MGH Heart Center Fund, Care of MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Please identify that the donations are for him and the hospital will track your names so that we can properly thank you.
Clement R. Ferland
SOUTHPORT, Fla. — Clement R. Ferland, 89, a former resident of Venice, Fla., died April 10, 2009, in Southport, Fla.
He was born in Georgia, Vt., on Nov. 23, 1919, the son of Wilfred and Leah (Limoges) Ferland.
He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1938 and enlisted in the Navy Air Corps upon his graduation from Lehigh University in 1942. He flew a Hellcat fighter plane off the carrier Yorktown and saw action in the Pacific theater. His family says he eagerly looked forward to his annual reunions with his fellow VF1 comrades. After his Navy service he was employed by Union Carbide until his retirement.
His family and friends say they will miss the stories from his prodigious memory and his witty letters and e-mail messages.
He is survived by his son, Ross, and his wife, Sally, both of Southport, Fla.; two sisters, Lorraine Marquez of Pitman, N.J., and Anita Duclos and husband, Robert, of Weybridge. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ramona; his sister, Madeleine Spies; and his brothers, Gerard and Norman.
A celebration of his life will be held after which his cremains will be buried at sea.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, 4419 Tram Rd., Springfield, FL 32404.
Hailey Jade Dickerson-Stark
FERRISBURGH — Hailey Jade Dickerson-Stark died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.
She was born April 9, 2009, in Burlington, the daughter of Michelle Stark and Shon Dickerson.
She is survived by her parents Michelle and Shon; her grandparents, Audrey and Rick White, Rob and Tori Cosgrove, and Darlene and Michael Stark; her uncle, Ervin Huestis II; her great-grandparents, Stuart and Cleone Dickerson, Irvin and Margot Stark, and Erma Humiston, all of Ferrisburgh; and several great-aunts and great-uncles.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes, with interment following in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to FAHC Birthing Center, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
Douglas Arthur Clodgo Sr.
MILTON — Douglas Arthur Clodgo Sr., 66, of Milton died Sunday morning, April 12, 2009, with his wife Nancy at his side at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.
He was born on November 22, 1942, in Vergennes, the son of Alfred John and Blanche Margaret (Ringer) Clodgo.
He graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1961. He served his country with the U.S. Air Force in South Korea in 1968 and was part of the military effort during the USS Pueblo Incident. This was followed by a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Order of the Silver Rose Award due to chemical warfare while in the Air Force. After returning home, he served both with the Vermont Air National Guard and the Vermont Army National Guard.
He married Nancy Desrochers on New Year’s Eve 1993, and together they built Double Diamond C Ranch in Milton.
He was employed by the Pinkerton, Brinks and Berkshire security companies as well as at Champlain College and Wackenhut Security at IBM, making a 25-year career in the security field.
He was a member of the DAV in White River Junction and the VFW Post 758 in St. Albans. Family says he met many new friends through the Vet Center on Dorset Street.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his children, Douglas Arthur Clodgo Jr. and his wife Kathy of Gloucester, Mass., Christopher Joseph Clodgo of Boston, Mass., Amy Louise Carlson and her husband Ross of Colchester, and Karen Ann Radzyminski and her husband Jake of Burlington; his stepchildren, Tina Louise Hathaway and her husband Michael of Milton and Joseph Desrochers of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a sister, Elizabeth LaFoy of Middlebury; his mother-in-law, Alice Robinson, a brother-in-law, Edward Robinson, and a sister-in-law, Carol Weiss and her husband, Marvin, all of Milton; and a brother-in-law, Roland Robinson of Georgia.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred “Pookey” Clodgo and Charles “Chubby” Clodgo.
A funeral service will be held Friday, April 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton, with Father John Feltz of St. Ann Parish officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Milton Rescue, 43 Bombardier Rd., Milton, VT 05468; the Milton Police Benevolent Association in care of Jason Porter, 37 Bombardier Rd., Milton, VT 05468; or VFW Post 758, 353 Lake St., St. Albans, VT 05478
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., with vigil prayers offered by Father John Feltz at 7:45 p.m at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton.
Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com.
Susan Lenora Brown
GOSHEN — Susan Lenora Brown, 91, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the home of her care provider in Salisbury.
She was born in Goshen on April 11, 1917, the daughter of Francis and Laura (Washburn) Brown. She graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1935. She then graduated from St. Albans Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1941.
Her first nursing job was at the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington. She joined the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines as a registered nurse. She later was transferred to Tokyo, Japan, and back to the states in 1946. She was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant.
From 1949 until 1969 she worked at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She then joined the nursing staff at Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she retired in 1979.
During her retirement years she raised and trained her beloved dogs. She showed her dogs all over Maryland and Virginia, winning many competitions. She returned to Vermont in January 2008.
She is survived by a nephew, Ken Brown and his wife Barbara of Goshen; a sister, Gladys Noble of Lincoln; her caregiver, Emily Rainey of Salisbury; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Brown of Goshen, and a dear friend, Mary McNeer of Suitland, Md.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home.
A graveside committal service and burial will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m., in the family lot at Goshen Community Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763, or the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, Attn: Jackie Rose.
Leonard Guy Blaise
BRISTOL — Leonard Guy Blaise, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Bristol after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Salisbury on Jan. 15, 1924, the son of Guy and Rose (Hart) Blaise.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; his sister, Rebecca Larrabee and her husband William; his son Reginald and his wife Brenda of Bristol; his daughter Judy and her husband Henry Quelch of Charlestown, N.H.; his step-children Thomas Booska, Michael Booska, Louise Carroll, Joseph Booska and their spouses; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Desso; a sister, Bernadette Cousino; two brothers, Hubert and Roger Blaise.
He retired as head custodian from Mount Abraham Union High School after 22 years. He was also employed by the University of Vermont for six years. Prior to that he was a logger for Clifford Lumber Company in Hinesburg.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, April 14, with interment following at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443.
Doris Ferguson Regan
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Doris Ferguson Regan, 87, born Feb. 2, 1922, died peacefully with her family at her side at Concord Hospital on April 5, 2009. She led a rich and rewarding life and became intimate friends immediately with every person she met.
Born in West Thornton, N.H., Doris moved to the Atlantic Heights neighborhood in Portsmouth when she was in grammar school. She was president of her 1940 class of Portsmouth High School. Doris received her bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1944 and her R.N. from Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H. Shortly after college graduation she married her high school sweetheart, football captain Cornelius Jeremiah Regan.
Doris worked as a nurse all her life, taking care of people by using a blend of physiology and psychology. She was a pediatric and industrial nurse. However, her greatest legacy was being the head nurse for Portsmouth High School for 26 years. In counseling teenagers she earned a place in the hearts of almost every family in the seacoast area.
A lifelong learner, Doris continued her education with courses from Yale University, UNH and Dartmouth. She was the first educator in New England to introduce a sex curriculum to high schools. Elements of this curriculum are still in use. When she retired the city of Portsmouth held a ticker tape parade, plastering the town with signs that read TD (“Thanks, Doris”). She was Portsmouth’s Citizen of the Year in 1985.
She sat on several local and statewide boards. Her deep and abiding love for humanity was shown in every act she ever did. After retiring, Doris rejoiced in grandchildren, traveling and friendships. Doris was predeceased by her husband Cornelius “Brud” Regan; her mother, Amy Louise Ferguson; and her beloved sister, Mae Ferguson Ripley. She leaves her brother, Thomas Ferguson of Bow Lake, N.H., and her children and their spouses: Thomas and Edith Regan of Seabrook, N.H., Frank and Candace Burkle of Weybridge, and John and Marcia Regan of Concord, N.H. She leaves her grandchildren, Caleb and Jocelyn “Scout” Burkle, Sarah Regan, and Katherine and Michael Regan. She also leaves many treasured nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home at 684 State Street in Portsmouth. The funeral service will be held on Monday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the North Church Parish House at 355 Spinney Rd. in Portsmouth. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Alfred Arley Cram
FLORENCE — Alfred Arley Cram, 60, of Florence died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Middlebury on July 21, 1948. He was the son of Edward and Maleita (Stone) Cram. He grew up in Leicester and Brandon where he received his early education. He graduated from Rutland High School.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Korea. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Vermont and worked at Omya in Florence. He later worked at Rutland Plywood and Polymers Plastics in East Middlebury. He worked as a machine operator at General Electric for over 10 years. He was employed as a machine operator at New England Woodcraft for the last 10 years.
Family says he enjoyed woodworking and fishing and was an avid automobile enthusiast. He was a former member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his mother, Maleita Cram of Brandon; his son, Alfred “A.J.” Cram of Seattle, Wash.; his daughter, Jerilyn Langsdon of Forest Dale; his fiancée, Gladys Warner of Florence and her daughter, BaDawna Warner of Rutland; two brothers, John Cram of Brandon and Edwin Cram of Salisbury; six sisters, Jane Hutchins of Forestdale, Janet Bombard and Judy Martin, both of Brandon, Kathy Clark of Proctor, Nora Rochon of Brandon and Diane Gee of Proctor; two grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward; and two sisters, Sheryl Thomas and Wilma Euber.
The funeral service was held Friday, April 10, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church, officiated. A private committal service and burial will take place, at a later date.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Community Cancer Center at Rutland Hospital, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.
Ruth Stuart Sullivan
STARKSBORO — Ruth Stuart Sullivan, 93, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2009, at her home in Starksboro with her son Bill and her caretaker Janice Bruno in attendance. Born March 14, 1916, in Stamford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Condon Livingstone.
Ruth was a registered nurse for the Westchester Health Department for 25 years until her retirement. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII in the Nursing Corps. She was a graduate of Stamford High School, Stamford School of Nursing and became a registered nurse graduating with a B.S. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ruth was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church and its prayer groups and was a eucharistic minister there as well as a former religious teacher. She also was a member of the Connecticut Nurses Association and ran support groups for families of alcoholics.
She is survived by her son, William C. Sullivan; his former wife, Marilyn Barbato; two granddaughters, Anne Catherine Sullivan and her partner, John Lincoln; and Lincy Sullivan and her daughter, Alexandra Dorce.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Thomas E. Sullivan, in 1980.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Bristol. A graveside service will be held at St. John Roman Catholic Cemetery in Darien, Conn., on Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Mollenhauer officiating. Connecticut arrangements are being handled by the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematoryin Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Volunteer Services, 63 Maple Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cognetta.com.
Janet Twichell Singley
MIDDLEBURY — Janet Twichell Singley, 87, originally from Belle Mead, N.J., died March 7, 2009, at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born in Pullman, Wash., Jan. 25, 1922, the daughter of Col. Heath and Frances (Marvin) Twichell. Due to her father’s peripatetic career, she lived in a number of states and countries growing up.
She graduated from Penn State College, where she trained for the WACs and learned to fly single-engine planes. She married Mark E. Singley in 1942. During the war he, an engineer and lieutenant in the Navy, designed ships at the Camden Naval Yard, where she served as a draftsperson and had the honor of launching a ship.
After raising her family, she received a master’s degree in art from Douglass College. She went on to teach art at Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J.
A gifted painter, she painted and sold well over a hundred oils, acrylics and watercolors.
Her husband designed extensive bookshelves into the Belle Mead farmhouse renovations so that she could create the Hillsborough Public Library, which was stocked via monthly bookmobile visits. As Hillsborough grew from a community of a few scattered farms to a sprawling suburb, she, as chairwoman, oversaw her library’s move to a public room in the corner shopping center, then finally to its present 10,000 square foot home in the Hillsborough Municipal Building.
She and her husband traveled extensively in their later years, visiting England, France, Scandinavia, Italy, Greece, Spain and Russia. The Singley family spent their summers on Long Lake, Maine, for the last five decades, and drove the entire length of the Alcan Highway in 1968. Her father, an Army Corps engineer, was responsible for the construction of virtually all the bridges on the highway, as described in “Northwest Epic.”
She is survived by her brother, Heath Twichell; her sister, Ruth Cochrane; her daughter, Frances Mercade; and her two sons, Donald and Jeremy. Jeremy has lived in the Middlebury area with his family since 1974.
She was predeceased by her husband Mark and her son Paul.
Barry Lee Messenger
MINEVILLE, N.Y. — Barry Lee Messenger, 54, died April 2, 2009, in Mineville, N.Y., after a very short illness.
He was born in Hartford, Conn. He worked for DACO Construction as a foreman. He also worked as a carpenter. He moved to Middlebury in 1998 with his partner Shirley Kitchell. In 2004 he moved to Mineville, N.Y. He belonged to the Sons of the American Legion Post 27 in Middlebury and the Sons of Auxiliary at the VFW in Middlebury. His favorite activities included hunting, fishing, bowling and traveling.
He is survived his partner, Shirley Kitchell; his son, Raymond Messenger; and his daughter, Lauren Messenger.
He wss predeceased by his brother, Johnny; his father, Raymond; and his mother, Caroline, from West Granby, Conn.
At his request, there will be no calling hours or services.
Mildred W. Huckabay
VERGENNES — Mildred W. Huckabay, 91, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in Vergennes.
She was born April 11, 1917, the fourth of six children of Arthur and Delia Willard, in the Mud City area of Morrisville.
She graduated from People’s Academy in 1933 and attended Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass. She worked for the phone company in Morrisville and Burlington before the war. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy, working as a control tower operator. After the war, she worked for General Electric in Ludlow, Vt., Schenectady, N.Y., and Oakland, Calif.
In 1955, she married George W. Huckabay in California and they raised their son Bill. In 1970, she returned to school to earn a nursing degree and worked for many years in nursing homes in California and Vermont. In 1987, she retired to Vermont and lived in her parents’ home in Vergennes until 2005.
She is survived by her sister, Lorraine Parker of Springfield; her son, Bill Huckabay and his wife Lucie of Vergennes; and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, George; three brothers, Edgar, Ralph and Keith; and a sister, Gladys.
The family would like to extend special gratitude to the staff of the Vergennes Residential Care Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 6, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, with interment in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Mildred E. Goodrich
SALISBURY — Mildred E. Goodrich, 78, died Sunday morning, April 5, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Chittenden, the daughter of Louis Sr. and Alice (Lathrop) Phelps.
She married Donald “Chief” Goodrich Sept. 3, 1949, in Chittenden. Together they ran the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury.
She was a member of the Salisbury Congregational Church. Her family says she loved crafting, quilting, gardening and spending time with her family. She also had a love of animals, especially her cats.
She is survived by her husband; her son, Ernie Goodrich and his wife Leeann of Salisbury; her three daughters, Donna Lawton and her husband Henry of Bridport, Debbie Smith and her husband Gary of Salisbury and Penny Supernaw and her husband Scott of Salisbury; two brothers, Louis Phelps Jr. and his wife Marne of Pittsford and Charles Phelps Sr. of Springfield; two sisters, Alice Durovich of Springfield and Faith Pratt and her husband Harley of Proctor; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a brother, John Phelps; a sister, Mary Loomis; and a half-sister, Bertha Clarke.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 8, at the Salisbury Congregational Church. The Rev. John Grivetti, pastor, officiated. Burial followed in West Side Cemetery in Salisbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury Congregational Church, Main Street, Salisbury, VT 05769, or to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754 Middlebury, VT 05753.
Ethel Pearl Cram
MIDDLEBURY — Ethel Pearl Cram, 84, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
She was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Lincoln, the daughter of John and Estella Cram Cobb.
In September of 1939 she married Carl S. Cram. He predeceased her August 23, 1980, after 41 years of marriage.
Family says her interests and hobbies included word-find puzzles, fishing, listening to country and gospel music, square dancing, spending time next to river in Lincoln, flower gardening, plants and spending time with her family. She used to say one of her fondest memories was of listening to her father, brothers and some neighbors get together on a Saturday night to play fiddles, guitars and other instruments. She also used to talk about how, as a child, she would work with her father haying and cutting wood.
She is survived by seven children, Joanne, Carl (Sonny), Stella, Allen, Lola, Leatrice and Richard; a sister, Irene Michaud of Lincoln; 23 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will follow in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Lois May Bassett
BRANDON, Vt./BREVARD, N.C. — Lois May Bassett, 79, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the Brian Center in Brevard, N.C.
She was born in Rutland on Aug. 29, 1929, the daughter of Otis and Lovinna (Baker) Bishop.
She was a graduate of Brandon High School, class of 1947. She attended nursing school in Connecticut and worked as a nurse’s aide doing private duty for many years in Proctor and Brandon. She also worked as a waitress at various area restaurants while caring for her ailing mother. She was a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program in Rutland when she lived at Sheldon Towers. She was a deaconess at the Rutland Alliance Church. She lived in Underhill before moving to Easley, S.C., in 2003, to be near her family.
She is survived by a son, Leigh E. Pfenning of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Sharon A. Rouse of Littleton, N.H.; a sister Mary Hallett of Forest Dale; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousin.
She was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis LaRock, in 1973; and a son, Bruce A. Pfenning, in 1980.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Her son, the Rev. Leigh E. Pfenning, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, April 9, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory, to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 1139, Montpelier, VT 05601.
William “Denny” Rule
VERGENNES — William “Denny” Rule, 58, of Vergennes died on April 3, 2009, peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and children after battling a brain tumor.
He was born Jan. 23, 1951, the son of William S. Rule and Charmaine (Whittemore) Rule. He attended school at Middlebury Union High School and worked most of his life as a mechanic. He worked as a fleet mechanic for Kirk’s Lawn Care and Snow Plowing for the past 10 years. Before that he was an advocate, at first providing free legal services to Addison County residents through the Community Law Center and then at Addison County Community Action Group as a tenant advocate.
In his younger years, he was in the U.S. Marine Corps.
His two favorite hobbies were racing and hunting. He built two racecars and never missed a hunting season.
He is survived by his wife, Diana (LaFountain) Rule; his children and step-children, Wendy Mortus and her husband David of Florida, Tory Palmer and her husband Andre of New Haven, Jamie Swain of Burlington, Jonah Rule and his wife Caitlin of Cornwall, Danielle Swain and her fiancé Tracy of Pittsford, Chasidy Counter and her partner Nick Emmons of Middlebury, Jessie Rule and his fiancé Bethany Randall of Middlebury, Erica Counter of Shelburne, and Chad Rule and his partner Stephanie Needham of Middlebury; 14 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; a brother, Jeffrey Rule and his wife Carol; and a sister, Lynne Provencher.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Dale Provencher.
Visiting hours will be 1-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home on South Main Street in Middlebury. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with a graveside service immediately following at the Weybridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
CORNWALL — Mat Oxford, also known as “Ozie” or “Mrs. O.,” of Cornwall, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 13, 2009, at the age of 74.
She first fell in love with Vermont when she was a young dairy farmer’s wife in Brandon in 1960. She moved to her home in Cornwall in 1967. She loved her home and land in Cornwall and worked tirelessly to preserve both. She loved her family and many friends. Her love of children led her to teach kindergarten in her home for 20 years.
She was known for reaching out to others regardless of their age or race. She could whip up a delicious meal in moments and would feed everyone in sight. She was passionately interested in alternative medicine, and healthy eating. She loved crafts of all kinds, especially hooking rugs, which lead her to start a club called “The Happy Hookers of the Baptist Church.” Family said this gives a taste of her sense of humor.
She is survived by two brothers, Ben Tier of Shelburne and David Tier of Middlebury; three children, Peter Oxford of Cornwall, Lee Cunningham of North Potomac, Md., and Glenn Oxford of Fredericksburg, Va.; and six grandchildren.
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