Sadie Maria LaRock
FORESTDALE — Sadie Maria LaRock, 84, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Rutland on March 3, 1924, the daughter of Albert and Bernice (Wood) Wemette.
She received her early education in local Rutland schools. She has been a resident of Brandon since 1943. She cooked at the Forestdale Elementary School, which later became the Neshobe Elementary School, for over 30 years. She retired in 1990. For many years she provided a home for Fresh Air Kids from the city.
She was married to Lloyd “Ted” LaRock in Nashville, Tenn., on June 16, 1943, while he was serving in the United States Army Air Corps.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of Marble Chapter Order of The Eastern Star. She belonged to Grace Episcopal Church, where she was active in the Altar Guild for over 60 years. She was always involved with the church suppers. She catered for many people and functions over the years. She also cared for many area elderly and sent cards to shut-ins.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, David LaRock of Forestdale, Mike LaRock of Ware, N.H., Dennis LaRock of New Orleans, La., and Joel LaRock of Forestdale; a brother, Richard Horton of Kannapolis, N.C.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a son, Lloyd LaRock Jr., in 1997; and a brother, Albert G. Wemette, in 1963.
The funeral service was held on Monday, April 28, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Forestdale. The Rev. Lee Ferry, interim rector, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot at Forestdale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Steven Paul Laberge
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Steven Paul Laberge, 52, of Las Vegas, Nev., died at his home on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Middlebury on Aug. 25, 1955, the son of Robert W. Laberge Sr. and Laura L. Sherman.
He attended Beeman Academy in New Haven and Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol. After high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the early 1970s. After his discharge from the service, he worked as a commercial vehicle mechanic in Los Angeles, Calif., and later in Las Vegas, Nev.
According to family, he had a zest for life, riding motorcycles, entertaining friends, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura; his step-son, Mark; Lisa Anderson, the mother of his daughter and step-son; his sister, Patricia Laberge Hathaway and her husband, Stephen, of Montgomery; his brothers, Robert W. Laberge Jr. and his wife Nicole of Middlebury, Jeffrey K. Laberge of Salisbury, James S. Laberge and his wife, Kristin, of Ferrisburgh, and Michael C. Laberge of Bonita Springs, Fla.; uncles and aunts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother, Laura, in 1967, and his father, Robert, in 2000.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bristol American Legion.
William Benedict Joy Jr.
MT. HOLLY — William Benedict Joy Jr., 83, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 27, 1924, the son of William and Katherine (Higgins) Joy Sr.
He received his education in local Bronx, N.Y., schools. He worked as a postal clerk before joining the United States Army in 1943. He served as a cannoneer in heavy artillery during the battles of Central Europe and the Rhineland. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned home to the Bronx.
He worked for 50 years as a welder and steamfitter for The Steamfitters Industry Union Local 638, of which he was a lifetime member.
He was a resident of Mt. Holly for 20 years, moving here from Proctorsville. He had served as Commander of Proctorsville American Legion No. 4 for 11 years. According to family he enjoyed fishing and golf. He played Santa at Cavendish School for over 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Fletcher Joy, of Mt. Holly, whom he married April 1, 2007; two daughters, Loraine Moraldo of Speonk, N.Y., and Teresa Joy of Middle Island, N.Y.; three sisters, Peggy Stratman of Proctorsville, Bernice O’Connell of Virginia Beach, Va., and Catherine Gillespie of Kings Park, L.I., N.Y.; A stepdaughter; Brandie Giddings of Pittsford; a stepson, Ron Euber of Brandon; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Camilla Joy; his son, William B. Joy III; and a stepson, Neil Belden.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 29, at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon, officiated. A private burial will take place at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in Bronx, N.Y., at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
BULVERDE, Texas — Edward James, 67, passed away April 21, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer. Ed was born in Bloomingdale, N.Y., the son of the late John and Winifred (Emnott) James.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1962. He then married his sweetheart, Sandra Burch. Ed was a proud member of the Vermont State Police for 26 years retiring in 1991. He spent the majority of his state police career stationed in Middlebury as a road trooper.
After retiring from the state police, Ed worked for Terry Hill Inc. in Milton, Vt. Ed and Sandy moved from Essex Junction to Bulverde, Texas, as full-time RV’ers. They worked together at TX 281 RV Park as activities directors.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; a son, Chad and his wife Lessia of Middleburg, Fla.; daughter Jodi of Middlebury, Vt.; daughter Keri and her husband, Mark, of Anchorage, Alaska; and grandchildren, Nathan and Kyle.
Cards can be sent to the family at: P.O. Box 420, Bulverde TX 78163. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice agency or favorite charity.
Robert E. Hutchins
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Robert E. Hutchins, 78, died Sunday, April 27, 2008, surrounded by his family. He was born April 14, 1930, in Rutland, the son of Robert H. Hutchins and Marion (Jones) Hutchins.
He married Margaret Duclo on Sept. 24, 1949, in Brandon. He grew up in Rochester, where he was a member of Masonic Lodge 29 F. & A.M. for over 55 years. He was a truck driver for many years, and also owned his own trucking company. He enjoyed music, and was a member of the Champlain Valley Fiddlers.
According to family he also enjoyed camping and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; four daughters, Joan Forbes and her husband, Jeff, and Martha Forbes and her husband, Barry, all of Middlebury, Joyce Sunderland and her husband, Larry, of Bridport, and Becky Hutchins and her partner, Bruce Many, of Panton.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald K. Hutchins, and sister, Hilda J. Tourge and husband of Chestertown, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Jannette Hutchins of Saratoga, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Larry Hutchins.
A celebration of his life took place at the VFW in Middlebury on Wednesday, April 30.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Elderly Services, 112 Exchange St., Middlebury VT 05753.