SALISBURY — Shirley Redfield, 97, of Salisbury died Monday, May 4, 2009.
She was born Sept. 15, 1911, to Charles C. and Beatrice (Stubbs) Walden in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by her first husband, James E. Youngs, in 1975 and second husband, John Redfield, in 1984.
Shirley is survived by her daughters Barrie (Youngs) Bailey and her husband “Wally” of Salisbury and Dale (Youngs) Caldwell and her husband Peter of Pine Beach, N.J. Her grandchildren are Kelly (Nelson) Bellinger of Lake Dunmore, Asher Nelson of East Middlebury, Rowan Nelson of Weybridge, Billy Caldwell of Waterbury Center, Gwyon Nelson of New Port Richie, Fla., and Amy (Caldwell) Rille of Virginia Beach, Va. She had five great-grandchildren. Stepsons Charles Redfield and Alden Redfield and their families also survive her.
Shirley was formerly of Tenafly, N.J., where she was active in the Episcopal Church and was involved with numerous, environmental and peace organizations and SANE Nuclear Freeze. She and her second husband John Redfield were active in the creation of the Tenafly Nature Center and frequently traveled to remote places around the world.
An accomplished painter, Shirley was happiest when she was inspired by the muse, paintbrushes in hand and a dab of paint on her nose. Her oils were exhibited in New York City, New Jersey and Vermont. She was a great lover of nature: bird watching, painting landscapes and fly-fishing. Shirley was also an avid reader and loved discussing her thoughts on philosophy, ecology and religion.
Shirley moved to Middlebury in 1997 and lived later with her daughter Barrie in Salisbury. At intervals, she also stayed with Deb and David Choma and Kate Puente in Hampton, N.Y., for respite care.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 23, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Shard Villa Patients Fund, c/o Deb Choma, Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury VT, 05769.
Helen V. (Reich) Osborne
HUNTINGDON, Penn. — Helen V. (Reich) Osborne, 89, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Westminster Woods Nursing Home, in Huntingdon, Penn. She was born Feb. 21, 1920, in Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of Earl K. and Louise (Marx) Reich.
She graduated from Fairmont High School in 1938. She was also a graduate of York Hospitals Aide Workers School and served as an aide at Bedford Hospital.
She was the wife of Edmund A. “Ozzie” Osborne, to whom she was married for 70 years. They lived in Middlebury, Vt., off Quarry Road in the 1960s and ’70s, when he was the president of Porter Medical Center.
She was a life member of Porter Hospital Auxiliary in Middlebury and also a member of the Middlebury Garden Club.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Larry N. Osborne and wife Sandra of Hawaii; two daughters, Patricia E. Gibbs and husband Ron of York, Penn., and Louise J. Goldstein and husband, Dr. Peter Goldstein of Huntingdon, Penn.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Nathaniel Reich of Ohio, and a sister, Barbara Poulson, both of Ohio.
Funeral services will be private at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Huntingdon County Humane Society, Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA16652, or Home Nursing Agency-Hospice, 900 Bryan St., Suite 7, Huntingdon, PA 16652.
BRISTOL, Vt./CLEARWATER, Fla. — Paul Neil, 75, died peacefully at his winter home in Florida after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 5, with his loving children at his side.
His wife Carolyn predeceased him on Sept. 8, 1996. Surviving him are his six children and their families, Kevin and Stephanie Neil of Bristol and daughters Heidi and Aimee; Colleen and Scott Edelstein of Burlington and sons Aaron and Ethan; Brenda Neil and David Lutz of South Burlington and son Benjamin; Lisa and Bob Cole of Sheldon and daughters Rebecca, Jennifer, Brittany and Kelsey; Karen Neil of Charleston, W.V., and sons Trevor, Dillon and Christian; and Andy and Jeannie Neil of Bristol and sons Keegan, Avery and Nicholas. His first great-grandchild Cameron was born March 28, 2009.
He was a charter member of the Bristol Rescue Squad and served for over 10 years. His passions in life included fishing, antiquing and woodworking. He enjoyed his four winters in Florida with many new friends and his one regret is that he did not discover it sooner.
A service remembering his life will be held in the Red Barn at Mary’s at Baldwin Creek on Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. His children request that donations in his memory be made to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.
Rest in peace, Dad.
Barbara Evans Handte
RENO, Nev./VERGENNES — A memorial service for Barbara Evans Handte, 77, late of Reno, Nev., and formerly of Vergennes, and who died Feb. 11, 2009, will be held Saturday, May 23, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the home of Pat and Gerry Wager, on Tri-Town Road in Addison.
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — Beverly Farnham, 92, died May 12, 2009, in the presence of loved ones at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
She was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Walpole, N.H., daughter of the late Francis and Beatrice (Whipple) Miller. She married Lucius Farnham on March 26, 1937.
She was an active member of Belin United Methodist Church of Murrells Inlet until the time of her death. Relatives say she enjoyed volunteering, reading, playing miniature golf and playing cards. She also relished her many trips to visit family and friends.
She is survived by three daughters: Mona Snyder of Bridport, Lucia MacKenzie of Garden City, S.C., and Debbie Oberg of Murrells Inlet; two sons, Stephen Farnham of Gainesville, Ga., and Doug Farnham of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband on Oct. 6, 2005; one daughter, Bethany Thompson of Fair Haven; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at Belin United Methodist Church, 4182 Highway 17 Business South, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Donations may be made to Elderly Services Inc., Project Independence Adult Day Care, 112 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT 05753.