Bonita Marie “Bonnie” Petty
RIPTON/AUSTIN, Texas — Bonita Marie “Bonnie” Petty, 61, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She was born in Middlebury on March 20, 1947, the daughter of Wendell and Roseann (Douville) Orvis.
She grew up in Melvin Bridge, N.Y., and attended New Lebanon (N.Y.) schools. She graduated from Shoreham High School in 1965. She afterwards attended Castleton State College and received her teaching degree from Johnson State College. In earlier years she taught at Weybridge Elementary School.
She moved to Austin, Texas, in the early 1980s, where she worked in property management for several years. She married her husband in Austin on Dec. 30, 1985. She had been working as a programs specialist for the state of Texas since 1989. She enjoyed flea markets, reading, and arts and crafts.
She is survived by her husband, James Petty of Austin, Texas; a step-son, Adam Petty of Austin, Texas; a step-daughter, Katrina Smart of Burnet, Texas; a brother, Peter Orvis of Ripton; two step-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 26, in Austin, Texas. A private graveside committal service and burial took place on Sunday, June 29, in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. The Rev. Lee Ferry, interim rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon, officiated.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service, 19 Elm St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or The American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
BRISTOL — Memorial services for Renia Partridge, who died May 6, 2008, will be held at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.
The family will welcome friends at a reception at Mary’s Restaurant at Baldwin Creek following the service. For further information, contact Cindy Cote at email@example.com.
Donald Robert Davis
FERRISBURGH — Donald Robert Davis, 71, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Hospital surrounded by family. Donald was born on June 5, 1937, the son of Robert Turner Davis and Ethel Ruth Mashtare in Grand Isle.
Donald was known for his sense of humor, the funny faces he made and his “tall” fishing tales — he did love to go fishing. He was devoted to his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Davis; five children, Ricky Davis, Edward and his wife, Cindy Davis; Marion Davis, Darlene and her husband, Ronald Leeds, and Karen and her husband, Carl Reynolds; nine grandchildren, Sonya, Steven, Joseph, Heath, Heather, Charles, Meghan, Shelby, and Hunter; a newborn great-granddaughter, Deioanna Sprague; and siblings, Pauline Meyers, Linda Georgia, Frances Davis, and Veronica James.
Donald was predeceased by his siblings, Larry Davis, Lillian Barrett, Loretta Hill and Ken Davis.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 4, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Route 116 in Middlebury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Middlebury Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Harold F. Chamberlain Sr.
FERRISBURG/MARIETTA, Ga. — Harold F. Chamberlain Sr., 89, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Ferrisburgh, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 27, 2008, at his home in Marietta. He was born on Dec. 19, 1918, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Ernest and Hattie (Gardner) Chamberlain.
He married Lula O’Bryan of Bristol on July 13,1940.
He was employed at General Electric in Burlington and Simmonds Precision in Vergennes and before retirement he owned his own excavating business in New Haven.
According to family he enjoyed private flying, fishing, deer hunting, NASCAR racing and gardening. He will be remembered by his family and friends for the time shared at his favorite place, The Camp on Long Point.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lula, of Marietta, Ga.; two sons, Edwin Chamberlain and his wife, Diane, of Marietta, Ga., and Harold “ Fred” Chamberlain and his companion Susan Robbins of Burlington; one daughter, Mary Shaw, and her husband, Butch, of Florence; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two daughters, Lorraine, in 1944, and Jane Joy, in 2008.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.barnardfuneralhome.com.
Frank L. Bunting
BRANDON — Frank L. Bunting, 77, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, June 28, 2008, at his home. He was born in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., on March 18, 1931, the son of Frederick and Mary (Gagliano) Bunting.
He graduated from Mineola High School, in 1949 and served in the United States Air Force Reserves during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Hofstra College in 1954 and went on to Brooklyn Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review, and graduated in 1957.
Married in 1957 to Nancy Burt Brown, he practiced law in Freeport, Long Island, until the untimely death of his wife’s father, Charles Brown, an attorney in Brandon. He and his wife moved to Brandon, where he succeeded to his father-in-law’s practice in 1960.
He was a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the Rutland County Bar Association. He represented the towns of Brandon and Pittsford as a state representative in the Vermont state legislature; and was appointed chairman of the judiciary committee during his terms.
He was a member of the board of directors for the First Brandon National Bank; a member of the board of trustees for the Rutland Savings Bank and a trustee of the Brandon Free Public Library. He was a member of the Brandon Area Rescue Squad and a longtime moderator of the Brandon Fire District No. 1.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge 25 F. & A. M., a certified scuba diver and an avid sportsman. More recently, he was a member of the Bows and Ivories Music Ensemble playing his favored instrument, the violin.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy B. Bunting, of Brandon; his sons, Charles L. Bunting of Portland, Maine, Michael R. Bunting and wife, Elizabeth, of Scarborough, Maine, James L. Bunting and wife, Denise, of South Portland, Maine; his brother, Frederick L. Bunting and wife, Dolly, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; cousins; a niece and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 3, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Free Public Library, 2 Park St., Brandon, VT 05733.
Ellen McGinn Bronson
BRIDPORT — Ellen McGinn Bronson, 86, died on June 28, 2008, at her home in Bridport. She was the daughter of George and Helen McGinn.
She attended school in Bridport, graduating from Middlebury Union High School and then Castleton College, where she earned her teaching degree. She taught school in Orwell for a year, then married Bernard Bronson on Sept. 27, 1943.
She actively was president of St. Bernadette’s Altar Society as well as the president of the Vermont Council of Catholic Women, and as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, the Bridport Homemakers, the Historical Society, and the Bridport Grange, where she held offices on the local, county, and state levels.
She also served on the planning commission, as town auditor, and as a justice of the peace. She served as a volunteer at Neat Repeats Consignment Shop in Middlebury. According to family, she was a dedicated volunteer and member of her community, one who will truly be missed.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Francis Bronson of Bridport; a daughter, Barbara, and husband, Andre Mercier, of Bridport; four grandchildren; her brother, Ernest McGinn; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, July 1, at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church. The Rev William R. Beaudin officiated. Burial followed in Bridport Central Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or the Smile Train, Dept. NPPR, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231.
Online condolences may be signed at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.