CHEVY CHASE, Md./BRANDON, Vt. — Roger Kenna, 42, of Chevy Chase, Md., and Brandon, Vt., died March 4, 2009, in Fairfax, Va., due to complications following treatment for leukemia.
Roger Thomas Kenna III was born July 29, 1966, in New Haven, Conn., son of Roger Thomas Kenna Jr., and Constance (Nobbs) Kenna. He attended elementary schools in Brandon and secondary school in Middlebury, graduating with the class of 1984 from Middlebury Union High School.
He received the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 1985 from the United World College in Montezuma, N.M., the BA from Yale College in 1989, and the M. Phil. from Yale University in 1997. He joined the U.S. State Department in 1998 and served as a political officer in Washington, D.C.; Peshawar, Pakistan; Mbabane, Swaziland; and Cairo, Egypt. He received numerous awards for his work in Pakistan and Egypt.
He married Lisa Dougherty on Aug. 3, 1991. He is survived by Lisa and their two daughters, Amelia and Isabel. He is also survived by his mother, Constance Kenna; his brother, Caleb Kenna; and his mother-in-law, Marjorie Dougherty.
He was predeceased by his father in 1975.
Friends and family are invited to gather at Mt. Pleasant, 40 Old Farm Road, Brandon, Vt., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, to celebrate Roger’s life.
Edward S. Tyl
RUTLAND — Edward S. Tyl, 83, formerly of Middlebury, died peacefully Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born January 19, 1926, in West Rutland, the son of the late Edward M. and Wanda (Kasuba) Tyl.
He was a graduate of West Rutland High School.
Edward was the owner of the Middlebury Bowling Lanes. He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed watching his grandson play basketball. He was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his stepsons, David Waag and his wife Cora of Shoreham and Dale Waag and his wife Sarah of Williston; his grandchildren, Kali and Justin Waag of Shoreham and Jeffery Waag of Jacksonville, Fla; his sister, Sophia M. Bride of North Clarendon; and his brother, Leonard Tyl of Uncasville, Conn.
Edward was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Landahl) Tyl, who died on August 14, 1999, and his brother, Henry F. Tyl.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, March 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Middlebury, with the Rev. William Beaudin, celebrant.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495.
Diane Mary St. Onge
VERGENNES — Diane Mary St. Onge, 52, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.
She was born April 3, 1956, in Burlington, the daughter of Richard and Marion McNamara Porter.
She attended Charlotte Elementary School and Champlain Valley Union High and graduated in 1974. Her family says she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to loved ones. She loved fishing and spending time with her family, and she enjoyed hobbies such as gardening, drawing, ceramics and vacationing in Maine. She was an avid dog and cat lover.
She is survived by her husband Michael St. Onge, her son Joshua and her daughter Kimberly, all of Vergennes; her parents, Richard and Marion Porter of Charlotte; three sisters, Linda Porter McSweeney of Essex Junction, Carol Valyeau and husband Michael of Colchester, and Donna Williams and husband Paul of Milton; a brother, Richard Porter Jr. of Charlotte; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Kenneth L. “Ozzie” Osborn
FERRISBURGH — Kenneth L. “Ozzie” Osborn, 63, of Ferrisburgh, husband of Linda (Martin), passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, March 15, 2009.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 27, 1945. He was the only son of the late Arthur and Mary (Laird) Osborn. He was born prematurely and grew to a man larger than life. He worked for Velan Valve for 23 years, until his health made it difficult for him to work and he was forced to retire. He loved his wife and his two girls. He especially loved spending time with his grandkids and dog Sammy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bristol, Vermont. He was a key supporter of the church’s upgrade in handicapped accessibility.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda of Ferrisburgh; his mother-in-law, Clara Martin; two daughters, Karen-Lynn Osborn of Bristol and Laurie Ann Lynch of Middlebury; Laurie’s husband Christopher and their two children, his grandkids Mary and Peter; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held at Brown-McClay Funeral home at 4 South Street in Bristol on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. A graveside ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery will occur immediately after the service. Calling hours for friends and family will be Friday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Brown-McClay Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church in Bristol, in Ken’s name. Mail to the church in care of Flora Norris, 52 Mountain St., Bristol, VT 05443.
Gary R. Orvis
STARKSBORO — Gary R. Orvis, 62, died peacefully on March 15 at his home, surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 23, 1947, in Middlebury, the son of Roger and Gladys (Culver) Orvis.
Gary was a lifelong resident of Starksboro. He attended Bristol High School, where he graduated in 1965. Gary joined the National Guards in 1966 and was a member of the 131st Engineer Company serving for two years.
Gary took great pleasure in working. He owned and operated his own business, G.R. Orvis Construction, for over 30 years. He held several other jobs over the course of his lifetime. He was most apt to be found in his garage, where there was very often a steady flow of friends and neighbors streaming in and out, many knowing that this was the place in town to bring something that needed to welded, mended, etc. He was always very determined that there was a way to fix or build just about anything and with just a few pieces of scrap metal and his persistence, imagination and extremely inventive mind, he usually proved his theory to be true.
Gary was a very kindhearted, humble and sensitive man who had great appreciation and compassion for all living things no matter how big or small. His wonderful sense of humor was quite noteworthy. He was original with his practical jokes as well.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane (Adams) Orvis; daughter, Lisa Orvis; two sons, Joshua Orvis and David Orvis and his wife Tracey; two grandchildren, Marah and Jebediah Orvis; mother, Gladys Orvis; sister, Suzanne Orvis; brother Greg and his wife Nancy Orvis and their children; his Aunt Marjorie; several brothers- and sisters-in law; nieces and nephews; and many, many cherished friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Roger Orvis, in 2002.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Lincoln United Church on April 4 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at Burnham Hall in Lincoln (casual attire please). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the wonderful organization of Addison County Home Health and Hospice of Middlebury.
Judith Ann Danyow
VERGENNES — Judith Ann Danyow, 64, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at her home in Vergennes.
She was born Sept. 10, 1944, in Burlington, the daughter of Charles and Eleanor Murray Crane.
She is survived by two children, Deena A. Brouillard of Bridport and Doug Dow and his wife Penny of Panton; three brothers, David Crane of Florida, Robert Crane of New York and William Crane of Shoreham; a sister, Connie Jackson of Shoreham; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Diane and Sandy.
There will be no funeral services.