Leon J. Quesnel
MIDDLEBURY — Leon J. Quesnel, 85, of Middlebury died Oct. 22, 2007. He was born in Bridport on June 16, 1922.
He attended school in Bridport. In 1943 he married Fernande Faubert in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Annette Quesnel of Warren, and Yvonne Riley and her husband Vernon of East Middlebury; his son, Leo Quesnel; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, and a granddaughter.
A memorial mass was held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. John McDermott officiated.
A graveside committal service and interment followed in St. Genevieve’s Cemetery in Shoreham.
Billy Whitney “Whit” Hay Sr.
FAIR HAVEN — Mr. Billy Whitney “Whit” Hay Sr., 58, died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, while at work in Waterbury. Whit was born Aug. 20, 1949, in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of William Whitney Hay and Clara Mae (Bowers) Hay Laughlan.
As a young boy he lived in Baldwinsville, N.Y., and later, together with his family, moved to Vergennes. He was a graduate of Vergennes Union High School with the class of 1968. He married Nancy L. (Verhoye) Woodbury Hay on January 28,1984, in Poultney, and the couple have made their home in Fair Haven for all of their married life.
Immediately after graduation from high school, Whit operated and managed a dairy farm for three years; he then spent the remainder of his adult life as a professional truck driver and was well known within his profession by his CB handle, “Super Tanker.” He first drove milk trucks out of Fair Haven, and later drove for Lloyd Whipple Trucking Company, also in Fair Haven. Most recently, and at the time of his sudden death, he was driving for Bellavance Trucking Company out of their Barre terminal. Whit loved his morning coffee, riding his motorcycle, and being with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-three years, Nancy L. Hay of Fair Haven; his children, Chad Hay and his fiancée Erica Therrien, and Tasha and Chad Whitney Hay and their expected child “Baby Hay,” all of Crown Point, N.Y.; Billy Hay Jr. and his wife Jocelyn and their children, Quintessa, Brenden and Caleb Hay, all of Bennington; Dawn Hay and her companion Tim Petty and their children Nicholas and Savannah Petty, all of Fair Haven; Eric Hay and his wife Malynda and their children Christina and Alyssa Hay, all of Fair Haven; Wendy Ellis and her husband Robert and their son Camren Ellis, all of Whitehall, N.Y.
He is also survived by his step-sons, James Woodbury Jr. of Rutland, Paul Woodbury and his wife Julie of Castleton; his adopted son, James Brisson and his wife Erica of Poultney; his siblings, Linda Hill of Cheyenne, Wyo., Marcia Gokey of Portland, Conn.; his twin sister, Billie Costello, of Middlebury; and Ronald Hay of Killingsworth, Conn.; and also by several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Jamie Lynn Hay, who died in 1980.
A memorial service in celebration of Whit’s life was conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Durfee Funeral Home at 119 North Main St. in Fair Haven, with the Rev. Gordon Naser, pastor of the United Church of West Rutland, officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of his family.
Visiting hours for family and friends were on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Durfee Funeral Home.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of “Whit” to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Arthur Wallace Clapper
VERGENNES — Arthur Wallace Clapper, 86, of Vergennes died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born in Bristol on Oct. 20, 1921, the eldest son of Wallace and Mae (Weiss) Clapper.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, where he was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Eagles Club in Vergennes, and the VFW in Middlebury. He worked for Simmons Precision Products for many years.
He is survived by a brother, Charles Clapper of Dover Plains, N.Y.; two sisters, Ethel (Toots) Lonergan of Buchanan, N.Y., and Margaret (Maggie) Tidd of Bellows Falls, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bernice Douglass Clapper; a brother, Donald Clapper; and two sisters, Ruth Sorrell and Marion McGuire.
There will be calling hours on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes from 6 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post #14, Vergennes, VT 05491, or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
VERGENNES — Nancy J. Bushey, 75, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. She was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Waterbury, Conn., the daughter of Eugene and Margaret Reilly Donnelly.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.
She is survived by three children, Jane and Henry Paradis of Swanton, Chris and Linda Bushey of Vergennes, and Jackie and Bill Hamlin of Boise, Idaho; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, John, and his wife Melinda of Panton; and a sister, Maryann, and her husband Joe Turpin of Vergennes.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Bushey, on July 17, 1988; her daughter, Gloria Bushey, on June 13, 1999; her two brothers, William Donnelly and Martin Donnelly; and a sister, Joan Bushey.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.