Obituaries


Russ Lewis Reilly
NEW HAVEN — Russell Lewis Reilly passed away peacefully in his home in New Haven, Vt., surrounded by his family on July 24, 2019, just three days shy of his 75th birthday. Russ was born in Cohasset, Mass., on July 27, 1944. He was the consummate “big brother” to his five younger siblings. He grew up in the greater Boston area. His family owned the Buck Printing Company, which was located just behind Fenway Park. Russ spent many of his younger summers sneaking into Fenway to watch ballgames and so began his life-long love of the Red Sox. In his later years, a favorite pastime was sharing...

Sylas Anthony Malek Williams
BRISTOL — With great sorrow we announce the passing of Sylas Anthony Malek Williams (Thompson), age 5, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at home with his family by his side after a long battle with his health. Sylas was born on May 8, 2014 in Burlington, Vt. Sylas went by many nicknames: Sy, Monkey, and bug. Sy enjoyed the simple things in life; he loved to play with his toys especially his singing bunny rabbit. He loved it so much he had a spare just incase. He could cuddle and listen to your stories all day if you let him. He was a fan of the Blues and Classic Rock; he would sit in his room for...
BRISTOL – Sylas Anthony Malek Williams, 5, of Bristol passed way on Sunday, July 21, after years of health problems as a result of a birth defect. He was the son of Megan Thompson. A full obituary, with details on a memorial service, will appear in the Independent next week.  

LORRAINE WICKLAND-COMBES
WEYBRIDGE/NEW HAVEN —– Lorraine Wickland-Combes passed peacefully from this mortal coil on July 13, 2019. Born December 7, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. as the eighth of nine children to arrive into the close-knit family of Alfred Olof and Mathilda (Carlson) Larson, she grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. Some of the happiest days of her youth were spent at the little summer cottage the family built at nearby Cedar Lake, Ind. After graduating from high school and secretarial school, she began a long career as a secretary in various real estate, law, and medical offices...

JAMES M. HOLDEN
MIDDLEBURY — James Morris Holden, Sr., 90, of Middlebury, died at the Residence of Otter Creek on July 17, 2019, in the presence of his family. Jim was born in Proctor, Vt., on Jan. 22, 1929, the son of Morris James and Lucy Genevieve (Robinson) Holden. Jim grew up on the family farm in Pittsford, Vt., and graduated from the Pittsford High School. After high school he attended and graduated from Randolph Agricultural School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1953. Jim married Janet Mary Carr of...

RAY A. MORGAN
MIDDLEBURY — Ray A. Morgan, age 83, of Middlebury, VT passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on July 21, 2019. He graduated from Beeman Academy in 1953 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as a Sergeant in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in Oct. 1956. He was a member of the American Legion Post 27 for 63 years and a member of the VFW. Ray had a 38-year career at Polymers in Middlebury. In retirement, Ray enjoyed car swapping for all local car dealerships. In recent years Ray enjoyed his home, soaking in his hot tub and maintaining his yard. He also spent...
WILLISTON — Born in Middlebury, Oct. 9, 1934, Nancy Mackenzie Witherell Hunt, daughter of Stuart and Jessie Witherell, passed away on June 12, 2019. She enjoyed a  rewarding life as a nurse, mom, wife, crafter and active member of her  Congregational Church. She is survived by sons Ronald and Scott Hunt and families and sisters Susan Julian and Sarah Hildebrand. Funeral service Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Essex Junction. Burial service, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 256 Ranney Rd, Stockbridge. Gathering will follow, Stockbridge Meeting House. In lieu of flowers...
GOSHEN — Wendy Virginia Whaley-Sauder, age 69, of Goshen, Vt., passed away July 13, 2019. Wendy is survived by husband James N. Sauder of 43 years, sons Jayme and Ryan, daughter in-law Shannon, grandchildren Jameson, Parker and Katherine, younger sister Vickie, several nieces and nephews and an extensive network of close friends, colleagues and the many children and their families she worked with and cared for. Wendy was predeceased by her parents John C. and Evelyn F. Whaley and her older brother John A. Whaley. Wendy was born on June 20, 1950 in upstate N.Y. and later completed her...
MIDDLEBURY — Adrienne Helen Taylor (née Kempf) died peacefully at home on July 4, 2019, in Middlebury, Vt., at the age of 85. Adrienne was born on June 29, 1934, in Staten Island, N.Y., to George and Elizabeth (Donovan) Kempf. She was the youngest of five children. She spent her childhood in Staten Island before moving to Michigan as a young adult to pursue a career as a flight attendant for Capital Airlines. Adrienne met her husband Franklin N. Taylor, a pilot for the airline, and they married Sept. 19, 1960, and then lived in Ypsilanti, Mich., where their three children were born. They...
MIDDLEBURY — Lucille M. Smith, 88, died July 11, 2019, at Helen Porter Heath and Rehab. Lucy retired from Standard Register where she worked as a Plate Room Supervisor. In the years prior to that, during the 50’s and 60’s, she co-owned Smith’s Park Diner along-side her husband and brother-in-law. You could often find family and friends gathered there for coffee, food and camaraderie. She also worked at Calvi’s on Main St. in Middlebury, which was a perfect fit considering her sweet tooth. She is survived by her daughter Anna Smith, her brothers Rael Mayer and Raymond Mayer, and her sisters...

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