Elaine Julia (Pratt) Moore
BRATTLEBORO — Elaine Julia (Pratt) Moore, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 10, at Eden Park in Brattleboro. She had experienced a serious fall in November of 2007 and was declining in health since that time. She was born on No. 17, 1920, in West Addison, the daughter of Alvin S. and Sylvia (Hamblin) Pratt.
She attended a one-room school in Addison through elementary school and graduated from Vergennes High School in 1937. At the age of 16, she entered the University of Vermont, graduating in 1941 with a degree in elementary education.
She met her husband Linwood P. Moore at the Grafton Tavern in Grafton, and they were married on June 15, 1944. They were married for nearly 51 years. They resided in Westminster and then moved to Saxtons River in 1949. She taught elementary school in Middlebury, Westminster, Gageville, Saxtons River and for 18 years at Kurn Hattin Homes, retiring in 1982.
She was a member of the local Nature Club, Neighborhood Club, Saxtons River PTA and Christ’s Church in Saxtons River for many years, where she was a member of Women’s Fellowship and Club 39.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1995; her brother, Wilbur H. Pratt, in 1984; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Marine Moore, in 1986, and a son-in-law, John Quick, in 2001.
She is survived by her son, Stephen L. Moore of Saxtons River; her daughters, Maralyn Elaine Moore of Denver, Colo., and Brenda Moore Miller and her husband Martin; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Eleanor Pratt of Vergennes; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at Christ’s Church in Saxtons River on Thursday, Feb. 14. The service was followed by burial in Saxtons River Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ’s Church of Saxtons River, c/o Lynn Wickberg, P.O. Box 649, Saxtons River, VT 05154.
Reedene Vivian Nobiling Hamm
MIDDLEBURY — Reedene Vivian Nobiling Hamm died peacefully at Helen Porter Nursing Home on Feb. 5, 2008. She was born at home, in Kewanee, Ill., Aug. 28, 1912. Her parents, Nelle (Reed) Nobiling and William Otto Nobiling, were both born in Kewanee, of settler families.
Reedene, who was supposed to be a boy to be named “Reed,” grew up on tree-lined Chestnut Street, in the house built by her maternal grandfather in 1880. She attended Kewanee schools, having many of the same teachers as her beloved older sister, Wilma, and younger brothers, Billy and Buddy.
After high school, she attended Illinois Western Teachers’ College for a year, transferring to Vanderbilt University where her brother-in-law, Harold Verrall, was teaching in the law school. She majored in French and German, and although they lived at the end of the streetcar line in Nashville, she managed to sing in the glee club and share the lead in the German play, Schiller’s “Maria Stuart.”
Returning to Kewanee, she began teaching English in the school she had attended, living at home with her parents and brothers. During the next few years she began participating in the outings of a hiking club based in Davenport, Iowa, and spent two summers traveling first to Mexico and then as far as Nova Scotia in reconditioned cattle trucks, camping all along the way.
Don Hamm, a handsome, curly-haired teacher in the town’s other high school, saw her at a church event, and soon began singing in the choir, too, and coming home with her for Sunday dinner.
They were married in June 1939 and took off in a new Ford coupe on their honeymoon in Colorado, where Don went to summer school and Reedene fed them on a very slim budget, indeed. They returned to Don’s new job in Watseka, Illinois, where he was in charge of the Industrial Arts Program. Their daughter Barbara was born the next summer and their son Donnie three years later.
When Don died suddenly of a stroke in February of 1945, Reedene brought the children home to her mother’s house in Kewanee and began teaching again. After a number of years, she had all French classes and set up and maintained the first high school language laboratory in the area. She spent many summers cleaning and repainting the individual booths.
She also remodeled the house, maintained the yard, took care of her mother until her death in 1963, and then her Uncle Albert, and again sang in the church choir and always wrote wonderful letters to her children.
She was thrilled by her first visit to Italy, France and England in 1968, traveling widely with her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Glenn Andres. Subsequent travels included returns to Europe and a trip to Australia and the South Seas. She always wanted to take a dog-sled ride and was able to do so, with her daughter and friends, in Vermont after turning 90.
She adored her three grandchildren, Christopher and Melissa Andres, and Micheal Hamm Lovecraft, the son of Don, and daughter-in-law, Carol Hamm, and spent many happy times visiting between Vermont and Texas.
She joined Barbara’s family in Vermont in the fall of 1999, soon taking up residence for five years at Shard Villa in Salisbury, where she felt responsible for another large house, and then at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury for almost five more years.
During her brief illness, she and Barbara were visited by many loving friends, and she was “musicked out” with harp, violin and song. In July there will be a memorial service in Kewanee, and she will be buried next to her husband in her family’s plot in the Old Kewanee Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home, Porter Road, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753.
VERGENNES — John Crosby Emerson III, 82, died on Feb. 11, 2008, surrounded by his family. He was born at the Newport Hospital on Jan. 1, 1926, the son of the Rev. John Crosby Emerson II and Minnie Bell Congleton.
He grew up as a minister’s son in parsonages throughout Vermont. In 1944, after graduating from Newport High School, he joined the Navy. He attended Williams College and Holy Cross College from 1944 to 1946, receiving his bachelor of science in naval science and commission as an ensign in the Navy Reserve.
He served in the Pacific from 1947-1949 ferrying expatriates home to their countries. He returned home himself to attend the University of Vermont. In 1949 he earned his bachelor of science in education and in 1951 he earned a master of arts in teaching before taking his first job as music teacher at Bombay High School in Bombay, N.Y.
There he met his wife of 53 years, Patricia Cosgrove, whom he married in 1954. In 1956 they moved to Bradford, where he was a music and math teacher for 10 years. He became principal of Bradford Academy in 1966.
In 1968 they moved to Vergennes, where they have lived for the last 40 years. He was head of the math department at Vergennes Union High School from 1968 to 1970 before leaving to become a math teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School.
In 1982 the state of Vermont recognized him as The Outstanding Vermont Teacher. He retired from teaching in 1988. In addition, they opened Emerson’s Guest House on Main Street in Vergennes and operated it together from 1980 to 1994.
He was an active member of the Vergennes Congregational Church serving as choir member, choir director, and deacon. He was a lifelong member of the National Education Association and the Vermont Education Association. He was a Vergennes alderman for eight years, served on the Vergennes Pool Committee for eight years and was a Bixby Library Trustee for six years. He was also a member of American Legion Post 14.
He is survived by his wife; his nine children and their spouses, John Emerson IV and his wife Debra, Joanne Fischer and her husband Michael, James Emerson and his wife Laura, Jennifer Henken and her husband Thomas, David Emerson and his wife Lucie, Julie Hanscom and her husband Rick, Laura Emerson and her husband David Abdoo, Lisa Emerson and her husband Jonathon Reidel, and Peter Emerson and his wife Ramona; his 25 grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Clark of Indiana; five nieces and four nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Virginia, Jesse, Lillian, Urania and Eleanor.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Vergennes Congregational Church. Interment will be in the spring.
Memorial donations may be sent to Elderly Services (Project Independence) and Addison County Home Health and Hospice.
Walter G. Curler
NORTH FERRISBURGH — Walter G. Curler, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, after a brief illness. He was born March 19, 1924, in Bristol, the son of Ernest and Alice Tucker Curler.
He was member of North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church. According to family he loved to fish, work in his garden, and whittle. He worked on dairy farms for most of his life and has been retired for the last 21 years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pauline Curler of North Ferrisburgh; his children, Alan and Betsy Curler of New Haven, Peter and Laurie Curler of Charlotte, Kenneth and Robin Curler of North Ferrisburgh, and John and Penny Curler of Middlebury; and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Lee; and his three brothers, Gordon, Edgar, and Chester.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.