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Obituaries 12/06/07

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Charles Merton “Charlie” Rowe

CORNWALL — Charles Merton “Charlie” Rowe, 75, died unexpectedly helping on Rowecrest Farm on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.  Born March 7, 1932, in Laconia, N.H., he was the son of the late Merton C. and Grace (Foster) Rowe, and grew up on his family farm in Belmont, N.H.

 In 1954, he graduated with a business degree from the University of New Hampshire. He enrolled in ROTC in college and entered the United States Air Force upon graduation, serving during the Korean Conflict.

 Charlie married Mary Rose Novak from Lynn, Mass., on May 27, 1956. After working for a number of years in the business world, he and Mary fulfilled their lifelong dream of buying a farm in Cornwall and raising their five children there.

 After retiring he continued to help his son on the farm. He was also an advertising representative for the Farm Bureau and took agricultural surveys for the government.

 He loved gardening, reading, jazz music, history, genealogy and the Red Sox.

 Family members include his loving wife Mary of Cornwall, his five children, Karen Rowe of Cambridge, Mass., Daniel Rowe of Cornwall, David Rowe and his wife Donna of Medway, Mass., James Rowe and his wife Bettie of Nottingham, Pa., and Kathleen Brisson and her husband Randall of Shoreham; and five grandchildren, Brendan and Brittany Rowe, Rose Rowe, Ben and Jack Brisson.

 He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Clarice Russell.

 Those who knew Charlie knew he loved to talk and meet new people. We will all miss his energetic exuberance and zest for life. He joked his epitaph should read, “so many people, so little time.”

 A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday morning, Dec. 6, 2007, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Middlebury with Rev. Justin Baker as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Charles M. Rowe Agricultural Scholarship Fund, c/o Kathleen Brisson, 1047 Barnum Hill Rd., Shoreham, VT 05770.

 Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Service, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Joseph David “Joey” Decker

BRANDON — Joseph David “Joey” Decker, 23, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. He was born in Belleville, N.J., on May 28, 1984, the son of Thomas and Karen (Hardin) Decker.

He moved to Brandon with his family in 1988 coming from Kearney, N.J. He received his education in Neshobe Elementary School and Otter Valley Union High School. While in high school he was active in baseball, basketball and soccer. Following his education he worked in the landscaping business in New Hampshire. He returned to Vermont and worked as a landscaper at Middlebury College until January of this year. He was employed more recently by a local plumbing and heating business.

He is survived by a son, Aiden Joseph Decker of Whiting; his parents, Tom and Karen Decker of Brandon; a brother, Matthew T. Decker of Derry, N.H.; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Decker of Rutherford, N.J.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral service “In Celebration of His Life” was held on Thursday morning, Dec. 6, at The Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, Pastor officiated. Burial will be private.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Joseph Decker Memorial Fund, to be used for the prevention of drug abuse, c/o Missy Case, First Brandon Bank, P.O. Box 9, Brandon, VT 05733.


Karen “Kadi” Ward Gilbert

WAITSFIELD — Karen “Kadi” Ward Gilbert, 52, of Waitsfield died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She was born in Montpelier on Feb. 7, 1955, the daughter of Holly and Virginia (Larson) Ward.

She attended Moretown Elementary School; Harwood Union Middle School in Duxbury; the Fox Hollow School in Massachusetts; the Westover School in Connecticut and was a 1973 graduate of Institute Montesano in Gstaad, Switzerland. She continued her education at the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston.

She was previously married to Lisle Gilbert. A longtime resident of the Mad River Valley, she was the mother of two daughters and was an accomplished equestrian.

She is survived by her children, Sarah W. Gilbert and Caroline E. Gilbert, both of Waitsfield; her father and step-mother, Holly and Peggy Ward of Middlebury; her mother, Virginia Goodfellow of Warren; her sister, Gail Ward-Gould of Scottsdale Ariz.; two step-sisters, Willow Blish of Boston, Mass., and Amanda Alexander of Sheridan, Wyo.; and a step-niece.

A celebration of her life was held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on Thursday, Dec. 6. Later inurnment will take place in the Ward family lot in South Duxbury Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Vermont Chapter, 1 Marcus Blvd, Suite 203, Albany, NY 12205.


Constance “Connie” Gardner Drew

MIDDLEBURY — Constance “Connie” Gardner Drew, 85, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at home. She was a loving mother, grandmother and wife, devoting her life to her family, which was the most important thing to her. She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.

Connie was born in Bennington on Dec. 20, 1921, the daughter of Frank H. and Azelia (LaFlamme) Rousseau. She married Edward G. Gardner, who predeceased her in 1953. In January of 1958 she married Alson I. Drew (Ted), who predeceased her in 1982.

Connie leaves her loving family, her son, Richard Gardner and wife Madeline of Middlebury; her daughters, Dale Gardner Fox and husband Chris of Belchertown, Mass., Lin Drew Hammond and husband Steve of Middlebury; her sister Mary Lillian Rousseau of Putnam, Conn.; her step-daughters, Jean Drew Wisnowski of Salisbury, and Joan Drew Clark of Salisbury; her step-son-in-law, Edward Daisy of Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Roxanne Gardner of Essex Jct., Craig Gardner and wife Tracy of Randolph Center, Casey and Ian Fox of Belchertown, Mass., Drew and Dylan Peterson of Middlebury, James Wisnowski and wife Missy of Middlebury, Tom Wisnowski and wife Marcy of Salisbury, Holly Wisnowski Hathaway and husband Eric of Middlebury, Pamala Daisy and husband Tom McMahon, Pandora Daisy Mayer, and Penelope Daisy Adams and husband Scott; several great-grandchildren; her nieces, Dolores Rousseau Kneeland of Connecticut, and Jane Gardner of Bennington; and her nephews, Francis Rousseau Jr. of Connectcut, and Mick Gardner of Bennington.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Francis Rousseau and wife Florence; a daughter-in-law, Jane Drew Daisy; sons-in-law, Edmund Wisnowski, Clifford Giroux, and Richard Clark; and a close family friend, James Stephenson.

 A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury with Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, as celebrant, followed by a reception at her home at 121 Munger St. in Middlebury.

 There will be no calling hours.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 504, Middlebury, VT 05753.

 Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Service, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753.




Doris McDonald Corey

FORESTDALE — Doris McDonald Corey, 90, died Nov. 3, 2007, at Sky Ridge Medical Center, in Parker, Colo. She was born in Brandon on March 26, 1917, the daughter of James A. and Caroline (June) McDonald.

She graduated from Brandon High School in 1935 and Castleton Normal School, with her teacher’s certificate, in 1937. She taught in Vermont schools for 42 years, including Windham, Goshen, and from 1939 until retiring in 1982 at Forestdale Elementary School.

On June 17, 1939, she married C.E. “Bill” Corey. He died Aug. 28, 2003. She was a lifelong member of Forestdale Wesleyan Church, where she had served as church treasurer.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Corey Khoury of Escondido, Calif., and Deborah Corey Evans of Larkspur, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by three sisters, Helen Fox, Vera Hubbard and Ruth McDonald.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at The Forestdale Wesleyan Church. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor, will officiate. The burial will follow the service in the family lot at Forestdale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the church hall following the committal service for a time of fellowship and reflection.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Forestdale Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 101, Brandon, VT 05733, the Forestdale Wesleyan Church, 1895 Forestdale Rd., Brandon, VT 05733, or the Mary Force Scholarship Fund, C/O Audrey Scarborough, Treasurer, 1583 U.S. Rte. 7, Leicester, VT 05733.

 

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