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Obituaries (06/26/08)

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Marion Manning

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Marion Manning, 83, died June 18, 2008, in Flemington, N.J. She was born in Winsted, Conn., the daughter of John and Ethel Duyser.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she was employed for many years as feature writer and editor of the Dalton (Mass.) News Record, including the year the paper was named the best weekly in New England, regardless of size, by the New England Press Association. Her human interest articles were published in local and national periodicals and newspapers.

 She lived in Panton for 25 years, 1977 to 2002.

She is survived by four children, James H. Manning of Washington, D.C., Marcia Zweerink of Overlea Farm, Flemington, N.J., John A. Manning of Jericho, and David W. Manning of Montville, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Manning, in l972.

A memorial service will be held July 11 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, Flemington. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Marion’s home on Overlea Farm at 127 Pleasant Run Road in Flemington.

The family will also greet friends in Dalton, Mass., on July 12 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Guild Hall.

A similar reception will be held at Button Bay State Park in Panton on Sunday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. following a private interment ceremony.

Those who wish may contribute to the William H. and Marion D. Manning Scholarship fund at Wahconah Regional High school, 150 Windsor Road, Dalton, Mass. 01226, an award given annually to a student interested in music or writing.


Gloria J. Gerry

WALLINGFORD — Mrs. Gloria J. Gerry, 52, of Hartsboro Rd. and formerly of Middlebury, died as the result of a car accident Friday afternoon, June 20, 2008. Born December 19, 1955, in Williamstown, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Robert Hall and Virginia (Coulter) Hall.

Gloria was a graduate of Vergennes Union High School. She was an LNA and operated Little Tykes Daycare in Middlebury for several years. She was a very caring person, always putting others first, and especially caring for her beloved family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and offered opportunity to needy animals.

She was a member of the Wallingford Baptist Church and was a former member of Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury.

Family members include her husband, Harry J. Gerry of Wallingford, whom she married February 29, 2000; eight sons, Todd M. Gobbi and his fiancé, Tara, of Tallahassee, Fla., Christopher J. Gobbi and his wife, Allison, of Mendham, N.J., Gregory A. Gillett and his wife, Melissa, of East Middlebury, Brayton W. Gillett and his fiancé, Bridget, of Brandon, Justin R. Gillett and his wife, Virginia, of Weybridge, Bruce E. Gillett of Springfield, Charles W. Gerry and his wife, Megan, of Burlington, Timothy W. Gerry and his wife, Toni, of Wallingford; two daughters, Marci Gillett and her husband, Tom, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Jessalynn J. Gillett and her fiancé, Matthew, of Brandon; her mother of New Haven; two brothers, Douglass Hall of Salem, N.Y., and Mark Hall of New Haven; one sister, Donna Payne of Cornwall; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Ayana, Shannon, Jackson, Nevaya, Natalie, Tristan, Wyatt, and Dakota; nieces and nephews and many dear friends including Brenda and Steve New of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Eugene and Judy Charlebois of Addison.

Funeral services were be conducted Wednesday at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury, with Rev. Steve Jewitt, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Middlebury, officiating. Burial followed in Weybridge Cemetery, Weybridge.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or to Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

Online condolences may be sent at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Eleanor Harrington Collins

MIDDLEBURY — Eleanor Harrington Collins, 89, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed swiftly on June 16, 2008, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Wren) Harrington of Medford, Mass. She is survived by her spouse of 64 years, William G. Collins, of Middlebury.

A Middlebury resident since 1958, she was employed at Middlebury College admissions office for nearly 30 years as office manager and later special assistant to the dean of admissions, retiring in 1991.

A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she had previously been on the parish council and had held various volunteer and elected positions with the Burlington Diocese. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Assumption 2009, the board of The Catholic Tribune, and a national representative of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

An outstanding multi-sport athlete and team captain at Medford (Mass.) High School, she was a member of that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a graduate of the Chandler School of Business.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, William, of Vero Beach, Florida, and James, of Coralville, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Susan, and two grandchildren, Kathleen and Virginia, also of Coralville, Iowa.

A daughter, Lea, of Middlebury, and a daughter-in-law, Mary Aye, of Vero Beach, preceded her in death.

Of eleven siblings, she is survived by her youngest sister, Dorothea Ottosen, of Willis, Texas; as well as numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 28, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Memorials may be sent to Elderly Services, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Virginia M. Boone

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — Virginia M. Boone, 96, died peacefully on June 22, in Smithtown, N.Y.

She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt — the matriarch of a large extended family.

She was assistant comptroller of Middlebury College for twenty years, retiring in 1978. During that time, she also owned and operated Singing Brook Inn in Pittsford. She showered others with wonderful food and warm hospitality.

Upon retirement from Middlebury, Virginia returned to her childhood home in Smithtown, where she lived independently until her death.

She is survived by her children, Gardner Boone and his wife, Cathy, of Smithtown, N.Y., Margaret Boone Smith of Rutland, and Julie Kessler and her husband, Michael, of Hyde Park, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Austin Thomas Lambeth

CARLISLE, Pa. — Austin Thomas Lambeth, 83, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., died on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, following a long illness after a major stroke in 2000. He was born in Thomasville, N.C., on Aug. 22, 1924, the youngest of nine children of Charles Hiteman Lambeth and Leah Catherine (Beck) Lambeth.

He entered the U.S. Army after graduating from Thomasville High School, and served during World War II until his discharge in 1946.

Following his Army service, he worked as a commissioned furniture salesman for Abraham & Strauss (A&S) Department Store in Brooklyn, N.Y., until his early retirement at the age of 49. During this time, he lived with his family in North Merrick, N.Y.

He married his wife on Jan. 30, 1954. Despite his full work schedule, he actively involved himself in the Long Island community, schools and church activities.

Upon his retirement in 1974, he and his family moved to Cornwall to be closer to his wife’s parents, the late Myrle and Irene Brown, of Middlebury.

In the Middlebury area, he took on several part-time jobs, as well as the posts of town lister and appraiser in Cornwall, and later assumed the challenge of business manager for the Benson Wilderness Camp for troubled teenage boys, sponsored by the Eckerd Foundation. In 1989, he and his wife moved from Cornwall to Middlebury.

The couple relocated from Middlebury to Mechanicsburg Pa., in 2002, to be closer to their son.

Among other activities, he was a member of the Middlebury Rotary Club, and was honored by the Rotary for his community service. He spent countless hours visiting Rotary and non-Rotary members in the hospital, at home, and in nursing homes in the area.

He also served as auditor for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the school district, the Middlebury Cemetery Association, and the Vermont Handcrafters. He volunteered many years at Porter Hospital; delivering and assisting with “Meals on Wheels” for Addison County Home Health; and as a community recycling coordinator.

In addition to his community endeavors, he was a member of the Vermont “251 Club” and the Lake Mansfield Trout Club.

Throughout his life, he was an avid and accomplished golfer and tennis player, and a skilled home carpenter and landscaper. He possessed the unique ability to ride a bicycle backward, a feat which none of the children in the neighborhoods were ever able to imitate.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy B. Lambeth; his stepdaughter, Wendy Meehan Wabol and husband, Jim, of Jupiter, Fla.; his daughter, Linnea Stanley of Pismo Beach, Calif.; his son, Craig S. Lambeth, and wife, Rosalie, of Camp Hill, Pa.; and a grandson.

He was predeceased by all of his siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local Hospice provider, or to Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, 770 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013 or to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 223, Middlebury, VT 05753

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Middlebury.

To sign the guest book visit www.hoffmanroth.com.

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