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Obituaries 10/29/09

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Jean Barnard

NEW HAVEN — Jean Barnard, 90, of New Haven passed away peacefully on Oct. 25 at the Fletcher Allen Medical Center following an accident sustained on Oct. 17.

Jean was born on Oct. 29, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the oldest of four daughters of Flora Mae (Weaver) and Willard Clarke Ackerly. Her father built a family cabin on Lake Hortonia in Hubbardton in the 1920s, and thus began the gradual migration of her family to Vermont.
She received her nursing education at the Brooklyn Hospital School of Nursing, and proudly served her country as a lieutenant in the Army Nursing Corps during WWII.

Jean married William H. Barnard in 1944, and raised six children. During her earlier years, Jean and Bill lived in New Jersey and Long Island, then moved to Shoreham in 1960. There they lived for 20 years until moving in 2000 to New Haven.

She was a talented artist, specializing in oil paintings, and a maker of hand-braided rugs.

After losing her 6-year old son in an accident, Jean began her ministry of compassion to others who have lost a child. She authored a pamphlet entitled “Suffer the Little Children to Come unto Me.” It was published and reprinted into 2 million copies, giving hope to grieving parents, many of whom she continued to correspond with for years.

Jean was also a musician, playing piano and organ. She had a passion for missionary work both at home and abroad, and fulfilled it by shopping with coupons to help fill the local food shelf and gathering Christmas gift boxes for children through the Samaritan’s Purse program. Jean also co-produced an inspirational radio program with her husband called “Sunday Afternoon with You.” It was broadcast for 14 years, including reaching the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific during the Vietnam War.

She was a member of the DAR and NAMI.

Jean and Bill were a model of devotion to all who observed them. Besides her husband of 65 years, she leaves two sisters: Merle Wolfe of Burlingame, Calif., and Claire Sebald of San Carlos, Calif.; five children, William Barnard and his wife Susan of Northfield, Cheryl Weseman and her husband Wayne of Orwell, Brenda Adams of Conover, N.C., James Barnard of Bristol, and Nancy Craig and her husband Dave, of Millersville, Pa. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Craig and Ethan Barnard, Katherine McManners, Matthew Eisenhower, Rebecca Leach, Brendyl Smith, Sam Adams, and David, Sean and Brian Craig; as well as seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Jean was predeceased by her sister, Elaine Ackerly, and her son, Craig Willard Barnard.
Visiting hours are on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at the United Reformed Church, 1660 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7), New Haven. Interment will be at a later date, at the family cemetery in Clifton, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St., Vergennes, VT 05491, or the Salvation Army, PO Box 218, Rutland, VT 05702.


George Beck

BRANDON — George Charles Beck, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Rochester on Jan. 27, 1919. He was the son of John and Stella (Morgan) Beck. He received his early education in local Rochester schools and attended Rutland High School.

In his earlier years he worked as an orchardist for his stepfather Ralph Wiggin’s orchard in Shoreham. He later worked as a tree surgeon for Bartlett Tree Expert Company in Massachusetts for several years.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a motor machinist’s mate aboard PT boats in the Mediterranean Sea. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to Brandon and work for the Grange Silo Co. until his recall to active duty during the Korean War.

Following his second discharge he returned home and began a career as a pneumatic driller and high explosives blaster. He worked as a blaster for several construction companies building highways and other various projects. He later worked as a blaster for Rowe Construction Company, opening many quarries around the state for Vermont Marble Company.

He was a member of the Brandon American Legion Post 55 and recently received a 60-year plaque recognizing his many years of service. His family says he enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid card player.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Beck of Brandon, whom he married July 8, 1940, at St. Mary’s Church in Brandon; a son, Wayne C. Beck of Northville, N.Y.; a daughter, Maean O’Keefe of West Rutland; two brothers, Charles Wiggin of St. Johnsbury Center and Wallace Wiggin of Chicopee, Mass.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by five brothers, John Beck, Edward Wiggin, Frederick Wiggin, Ralph Wiggin and Stanley Wiggin; and two sisters, Virginia Hyland and Ardele Blood.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor, was the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Brandon American Legion Post 55, Building Fund, PO Box 25, Brandon, VT 05733.


Harold Butler

BRISTOL — Harold J. Butler, 88, died Saturday evening, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

He was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Starksboro, the son of the late William and Edith (Emerson) Butler.

Harold served three years in the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He began farming after the service and farmed for 63 years in Bristol.

He married Avis Warren Feb. 20, 1949, in Bristol; they just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Harold’s passion was elk hunting in western Montana with his family. He enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling and being on Lake Dunmore at their camp. He was active in maple sugaring and running his sawmill. His family enjoyed gathering on Monkton Pond and Little Ireland.
Survivors include his wife Avis of Bristol; his children, Jerry Butler and his wife Bernadine of Bristol, Larry Butler and his wife Lee Ann of New Haven, Janet Piper and her husband Dennis of Bridport, Judy Stegner and her husband Michael of Happy Valley, Ore., and Jayne Marsh and her husband Robert of Cumberland, Maine; his grandchildren, Alexis Lathrop of Bristol, Calihan Butler of Bristol, Jeromy Piper of Bridport, Melinda Piper of North Clarendon, Crissandra Jarrett of Fowlerville, Mich., Brian Stegner of Milwaukie, Ore., Darren Stegner of Snowqualmie, Wash., Jason Stegner of Gresham, Ore., Tera Stegner of Corvallis, Ore, Travis Marsh of Portland, Maine, and Austin Marsh, of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; his six great-grandchildren; his sister, Bertha Sherman; brothers Arthur and Ralph Butler; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence, who died 10 hours earlier, and his sister Dorothy Lafountain.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home located at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury. The Rev Stephen Payne will officiate.

A reception will follow the service at the home of Jerry and Bernadine in Bristol.

Donations may be made to the Vermont Veteran’s Home, 325 North St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Homes, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com


Lawrence Butler

MIDDLEBURY — Lawrence Edward Butler, 84, of Middlebury passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, with his children by his side.

He was born on May 30, 1925, in Rocky Ford, Colo., son of William and Edith (Emerson) Butler. He was the devoted husband of the late Ruth Mary Pierce, also of Middlebury. They were married for 56 years and he always called her “his bride.”

They vacationed every winter for 17 years in Hilo, Hawaii, spending their days golfing and socializing with their friends Cathy and Don. Lawrence was one of the founding members of the Otter Valley Bowmen and the Moonlight Riders, a snowmobile club.

His farm was his home for 83 years and he dearly loved to reminisce about his experiences growing up on the farm. His family and hunting meant everything to him. He enjoyed hunting in the woods of Vermont, Wyoming, Ontario and Maine for whitetail deer, elk, antelope, black bear and moose.

He was known by family and friends as the Spike Horn King of Munger Street. He enjoyed fishing at his family’s camp on Monkton Pond. You could always find Lawrence watching his sons’ and grandsons’ softball games with his good friend and hunting buddy, Dave Peck. His home and Roosterville were treated as a place where people gathered for a good time, good food, and to enjoy the company of good friends.

He is survived by his two brothers, Arthur and Ralph; a sister Bertha (George) Sherman; a sister-in-law, Avis Butler; five children, Stephen (Cathryn) Butler, JoAnn (Jeep) Madison, Douglas (Deborah) Butler, Earl Butler (Carol Bogren) and Timothy (Brenda) Butler; 10 grandchildren, Matt, Greg, Morgan, Casey, Nick, Devin, Erin, Caitlin, Darcie and Will; and two great-grandchildren, Nicolas and Marek.

He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Lafountain. His brother Harold also passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.

Services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jill Robinson officiated. Memorial contributions in Lawrence’s memory may be made to Addison Home Health and Hospice at PO Box 754, Middlebury VT 05753.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Homes, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com

We miss you, Dad. With love, your children.


Gerald Kandzior

LINCOLN — Gerald F. Kandzior, 65, of Lincoln died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

He was born June 1, 1944, the son of Henry and Frances Abair Kandzior.

He was a member of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department. His family says he enjoyed being a CB radio operator; his handle was “Moonshiner.” He also enjoyed tractor pulls and lawn sales. He worked on the family farm for many years.

He is survived by his daughter, Mandy Boisjoli and husband David and their two children of Williston; his siblings, Beverly Ross, Reginald Kandzior, Theresa and Harold Charbonneau, Henry and Diane Kandzior, Karon and Richard Ethier, Florence and John Jerdo, Loren and Debbie Kandzior, and Sheryl and Carl LaVigne; many special nieces and nephews; a very close friend Cheryl Ballard; and many other friends.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 26, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, with interment in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. There were no public calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or Bristol Rescue Squad, PO Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.


Leonard Kimball

BRISTOL — Leonard C. Kimball, 74, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at his home in Bristol.

He was born July 16, 1935, in Middlebury, the son of Harold and Evelyn Gordon Kimball.

He was a member of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol and a past member of the Eagles. He served in U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by a daughter, Roxiann and Randy Hallock of Bristol; two grandchildren; a brother, Allen Kimball of Lincoln; sisters-in-law Rita Kimball of Bristol and Glenna Emmons of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Richard, Robert and Edwin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or the Addison County Food Shelf, St. Ambrose Parish Hall, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443.


Dino Masotti

WHITING — Dino Masotti, 61, of Whiting died peacefully at Vermont Respite House on Oct. 23, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Claire Seminario of Whiting and his sister, Manuela Masotti of Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy. Both were with him when he died.

Burial arrangements are private.

Memorial gifts may be made to Vermont Respite House in Williston or to Hope Lodge in Burlington.


Gunvor Oxley

NAPLES, Fla. — Gunvor Dorothea Vik “Vikki” Oxley, 91, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Middlebury, died en route to the hospital on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

She was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Stavanger, Norway. She came to America at the age of nine.

Her family says she was a woman of a creative turn of mind, with a flare for interior design and a love of flower arrangement. She was a member of the Middlebury Garden Club many years ago. Relatives say she will be remembered for her astounding beauty, her gaiety and charm, her love of music and her financial acuity.

She is survived by her children, Carol Reed, Laureen Oxley Carson, John Richard Oxley, Richard Rasmus Oxley and Joy Dorothea Oxley; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister Aggi Vik Noon and by her husband, the one true love of her life, former Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury College music teacher and musician, Richard Oxley.

Friends may call at Sanderson’s Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2009. A service will follow at 11 a.m. The burial will directly follow at the Middlebury Cemetery across from the Center for the Arts.

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