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Obituaries 10/15/09

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Edythe Estey

BRISTOL, Vt./CLIFTON, N.J. — Edythe Gove Estey, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.

Friends and family may call at Brown-McClay Funeral home in Bristol on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a memorial service following.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Independent.


Charles Harris

LINCOLN — Charles A. Harris, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Cold Spring Care Home in Lincoln.

He was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Malone, N.Y., the son of Emerick and Arlene (Bruso) Harris.

He was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bristol.

He is survived by his wife, Velissa Harris of Monkton; four children, Elizabeth Clayton of Lunenburg, Faith Bushard of Dansville, Mich., Corrie Church of Kary, N.C., and Charles Harris Jr. of Lancaster, N.H.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Burton Harris of Cleveland, Tenn., Richard Harris of Spruce, Mich., and Gerald Harris of Dalton, Ga.; a sister, Esther Cooper of Adairsville, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bristol.


Nancy Lacroix

HINESBURG — Nancy (Blejwas) LaCroix, 48, of Hinesburg died unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in Barre after a short illness.

She was born in Rahway, N.J., on July 20, 1961, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Daniewicz) Blejwas.

She was a graduate of the University of Montana and received her master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University.

On July 15, 1995, she married Gregory K. LaCroix.

She worked as a psychotherapist for the Counseling Service of Addison County for a number of years and over the last several years enjoyed her own psychotherapy private practice.

Her family says she enjoyed living simply. She loved her children; taking care of her animals and walking her dog; snowshoeing out back; and reading novels on the weekend. They say her favorite memories were of boogie boarding each summer at the Cape.

She is survived by her husband Greg LaCroix and their two children, Will and Rosalie, all of Hinesburg; a brother, Robert and his wife Pam Blejwas of Clark, N.J.; a sister, Lorraine and her husband Peter Blake of Kintnersville, Pa.; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charlene and Karl Rinker of Barre, Pam Bernardini of Ivoryton, Conn., Louis and Candace LaCroix of Barre, and Terry and Martha LaCroix, also of Barre; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Parking is available in the city parking garage on Cherry Street.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. Online condolences may be left at www.readyfuneral.com.


Vivian Provost

SWANTON — Vivian L. Provost, 94, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.

She was born July 5, 1915, in South Starksboro, the daughter of P. Newman and Mildred (Tarte) Shepard.

She is survived by her sons, Clifton Jr. of Florida, Mitchell of Washington and Leonard of Burlington; two daughters, Teresa of Milton and Judy of Swanton; and seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, brothers and in-laws, Vera Cota and Ruthena Zeno of Starksboro, Lloyd and Louise Shepard of Williston, Rollande Shepard of Burlington, and Joyce Shepard of Starksboro, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Floyd, Donald and Lyle Shepard; and a grandson.


Lois Sullivan

SALISBURY — Lois Kelsey Sullivan, Salisbury’s native daughter, died Oct. 9, 2009, at her home, where she was born and lived nearly 100 years.

Born Dec. 22, 1909, she attended the one-room East School in Salisbury. She was the last surviving member of Middlebury High School class of 1927. In 1929, she graduated from the UVM Teacher Training Program and then taught in Cornwall, Salisbury and Sudbury before staying home to care for her ailing father.

During WW II, she received an Emergency War Teaching Certificate and taught at the Plains School in Salisbury. Lois also served as a substitute rural mail carrier during the war, along with door-to-door sales of war bonds. She volunteered hundreds of hours to the Ground Observers Corps during the Korean War, reporting air traffic in the area.

In 1954, Lois began a new career with the New England Telephone Company, and worked until retirement as the night operator in Middlebury. During this time she also substituted as a mail carrier on RR 1, in Middlebury for many years.

In her spare time she worked on her family’s farm, Kelsey Homestead, which was established in 1784, married Harry Sullivan, raised five children and later married Forrest Wimett. She was an accomplished baker and gardener.

Lois was active in the Grange and Farm Bureau, and in 1956 was honored with the Century Farm Award from these organizations. She was extremely proud of her Kelsey forbearers who helped establish Salisbury and contributed to the town in many ways through the generations. When the now famous Ann Story married Capt. Stephen Goodrich, the ceremony took place at her good friend Elias Kelsey’s homestead, the farm he founded after serving in the Battle of Saratoga. A cousin, Loyal Kelsey, worked a farm at the present site of Branbury Beach. Her grandfather, John J. Kelsey, was a founder of the Lake Dunmore Agriculture Society, which was the precursor of the Addison County Field Days. Lois herself served Salisbury as school director, school bus driver (her car), lister, auditor, justice of the peace and library trustee.

Lois was known for her sharp with, wry sense of humor, and love of fun. She liked Hillary, Kobe, Elvis, Skip-Bo and horses. She thought hard work is the measure of a person. Lois instilled in her children a sense of service in town affairs and, to the end of her days, never lost her strong curiosity in the latest developments.

Lois is survived by three of her children, Martha, Michael and Mary Anne, all of Salisbury; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her siblings; her husbands; and two daughters, Noreen Conant and Julie Dawson.

Funeral arrangements are private. Those wishing to make memorial gifts in her memory are asked to send them to the Salisbury Historical Society, Salisbury, VT 05769. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.


Geraldine Trudo

VERGENNES — Geraldine Irene Trudo, 92, of Vergennes died Oct. 8, 2009.

She was born Dec. 29, 1916, in Shoreham, the daughter of Fred and Mabel (Broulet) Newville. She lived many years in New Haven and lived the rest of her life in Vergennes.

A homemaker, her family says she loved to take rides and shop.

She is survived by her son, Harold Parker; her companion, Leonard Francis; two sisters, Veta Haskins of New York and Genieve Nuttall of Vermont; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Ken Newville and Harry Newville; and two sisters, Ruth Jerome and Evelyn Abbey.

Committal services will be held at the Hinesburg Village Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.


Mary Vanornum

ADDISON — Mary P. Vanornum, 84, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born May 10, 1925, in Rutland, the daughter of Leonard and Albertha (Frappier) Clark.

She is survived by her son, Robert Vanornum of Addison; two daughters, Elizabeth Armstrong of Ohio and Nancy Vanornum of Burlington; and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Warren Vanornum, on Nov. 16, 1993.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Lakeview Cemetery in West Addison. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison Volunteer Fire Department, Addison, VT 05491, or Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.


George Warner

SHOREHAM — George L. Warner, 82, of Shoreham died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born March 10, 1927, in Vergennes, to Clayton and Stella (Danyow) Warner.

For 60 years he was a vital and dedicated employee of the dairy industry, transporting milk from the farm to the processing factory. His family says he was an enthusiastic fisherman and gardener.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Whittemore) Warner; four sons, George Warner of Addison, Stephen Warner of Ferrisburgh, Anthony Warner of Orwell, and Thomas Warner of New Hampshire; one daughter, Sharon of Shoreham; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Sanderson Funeral Home in Middlebury.

Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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