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Obituaries (07/17/08)

Sarrah Anne Ogilvie

BRISTOL — Sarrah Anne Ogilvie, 30, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at her home in Bristol. She was born in Middlebury April 1, 1978, the daughter of Patricia (Lilly) Ogilvie and the late James “Scott” Ogilvie.

She was a scholar throughout her life, with a quick wit and uncanny sense of humor. She played the clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and piano. She also sang with the Addison County Youth Chorus.

According to family, she was a loyal sister, daughter, aunt and friend and a fiercely devoted mother to her two young children, five-year-old Andrew and three-year-old Bethany.

She was a long-time employee of PaPa Nick’s Restaurant in Hinesburg.

 She is survived by two children, Andrew and Bethany; the father of her children, Eric Bresnick, and his two children, Dylan and Taylor; her mother, Patricia Ogilvie; her sister, Heather, and husband, Aaron; two nieces; a nephew; her grandmother, Margaret Schake of Bellingham, Minn.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Services will be held on Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Assembly of God Christian Center on Route 7 in Vergennes. A reception will follow at the church.

 Donations to help with memorial costs and needs of the young children may be sent to the National Bank of Middlebury, Ogilvie-Bresnick Family Fund, Main Street, Bristol, VT 05443.


Irene P. Mignault

VERGENNES — Irene P. Mignault, 90, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.  She was born March 11, 1918, in Newport, N.H., the daughter of Louis and Mary Ano Terrian.

 She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.

Obituaries (07/14/08)

Arlene Johnson-Delliveneri

WEYBRIDGE — A memorial service for Arlene Johnson-Delliveneri of Weybridge, who died last December, will be held at the Weybridge Congregational Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008. Donations may be made to one’s favorite  charity in her name.

Obituaries (07/10/08)

Renia Partridge

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 cindycote@kw.com.


Howard McCoy Munford

MIDDLEBURY — Howard McCoy Munford, Middlebury College professor emeritus of American Literature, died at his home in Middlebury on June 30, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday. A 1934 graduate of Middlebury, he joined the faculty in 1941, having received his M.A. from the Breadloaf School of English and later a Ph.D. from Harvard.

He retired from Middlebury College in 1977 after 35 years of teaching. His academic career was interrupted by service as a Navy air combat intelligence officer in World War II aboard a CVE aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 13, 1912, Howard grew up in Springfield, Mass., where he attended public school. In 1934, after graduating from Middlebury, he married Marion Roberts Jones, Middlebury class of ’32, in Mead Chapel. He then went on to teach English and American Literature from 1934 to 1938 at the Clark School in Hanover, N.H.

His academic career was enriched by an appointment at Stanford University in 1952 to study the interrelationship of science and literature; in 1954 he was a Fulbright lecturer in Finland; he joined John Berryman in 1957 on a United States Information Service tour of India; he was part of a 1958 State Department delegation of American professors visiting the Soviet Union; from 1963-1964 he lectured as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Obituaries (07/07/08)

Robert Lawrence Mack Sr.

SHELBURNE/GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Robert Lawrence Mack Sr., 81, died on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at his home in Shelburne following several years of failing health, with his devoted family at his side. He was born on the family farm in Charlotte, July 18,1926, the son of Ralph and Mary (Goodrich) Mack.

He attended Charlotte schools and Burlington High School. On Aug. 1, 1953, he married Mary Pollard in St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne.

He owned and operated a dairy farm in Charlotte with his family for numerous years. He was a member of the Farm Bureau. Following retirement he and his wife moved to Shelburne and Green Valley, Ariz., where they spent their winters with new friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Shelburne; and their eight children; Robert Mack Jr., Robin and David Mack, and Hilary, all of Charlotte; Susan Jipner and husband, Jay, of Bristol; Mary Gentes and husband, Vilas, of Essex Junction; Steven and Laura Mack of Charlotte; James Mack and Elizabeth Mack, both of Shelburne; and Kathleen Riggs and husband, Timothy, of Hinesburg.

Thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Helena Spear of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews also survive him.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Mack, a sister, Elizabeth Leahy; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Trevor Mack.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, July 2, in St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne with interment in the family lot in Shelburne Village Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446 or Shelburne Rescue, P.O. Box 254, Shelburne, VT 05482.

Obituaries (07/03/08)

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.


Renia Partridge

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.

Obituaries (06/26/08)

Marion Manning

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Marion Manning, 83, died June 18, 2008, in Flemington, N.J. She was born in Winsted, Conn., the daughter of John and Ethel Duyser.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she was employed for many years as feature writer and editor of the Dalton (Mass.) News Record, including the year the paper was named the best weekly in New England, regardless of size, by the New England Press Association. Her human interest articles were published in local and national periodicals and newspapers.

 She lived in Panton for 25 years, 1977 to 2002.

She is survived by four children, James H. Manning of Washington, D.C., Marcia Zweerink of Overlea Farm, Flemington, N.J., John A. Manning of Jericho, and David W. Manning of Montville, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Manning, in l972.

A memorial service will be held July 11 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, Flemington. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Marion’s home on Overlea Farm at 127 Pleasant Run Road in Flemington.

The family will also greet friends in Dalton, Mass., on July 12 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Guild Hall.

A similar reception will be held at Button Bay State Park in Panton on Sunday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. following a private interment ceremony.

Those who wish may contribute to the William H. and Marion D. Manning Scholarship fund at Wahconah Regional High school, 150 Windsor Road, Dalton, Mass. 01226, an award given annually to a student interested in music or writing.


Gloria J. Gerry

Obituaries (06/23/08)

Janet M. Senecal

LITTLETON, N.H. — Janet M. Senecal, 69, died Friday, June 13, 2008, at Littleton Regional Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer. She was born in Middlebury on May 28, 1939, the daughter of Paul and Gertrude (Bushey) Burke.

According to family, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going on camping trips, going on bus trips with her friends, working in her flower gardens, watching NASCAR, Redsox and Patriot games. She worked for Dodge Contracting, Littleton, N.H., for over 20 years.

She is survived by her brother, Larry Burke, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; her three children, Scott Senecal of Lisbon, N.H., Heather Senecal of Littleton, N.H., and Craig Senecal of Ossipee, N.H.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Robert J. Senecal, in 2000.

A Mass of Christian Burial was be held at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Littleton, N.H., on Saturday, June 21. Burial followed in St. Rose Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Littleton Area, 600 St. Johnsbury Rd. Littleton, NH 03561.

There is an electronic register at www.rossfuneral.com.

Obituaries (06/19/08)

Leona M. Robinson

LINCOLN — Leona M. Robinson, 72, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at her home in Lincoln after a long illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1935, in New Haven, the daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Varney) French.

 She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 19 in Bristol, and Goodrich Quarter Century Club in Vergennes. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, and crafts.

 She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William S. Robinson of Lincoln; six children, Lee Diesi and husband, Jerry, of Bristol; Kim and husband, Randy Crowell; Coogie and husband, Doug Baker; Mitzy and Art Baker; Peter and Angel Robinson, all of Las Vegas, Nevada; Bill and Deb Robinson of New Haven; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Noble of New Haven; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a half-brother, Arthur Tubbs.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 16, at United Church of Lincoln. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Renia Partridge

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 following the service.


Dorothy J. Moore

MIDDLEBURY — Dorothy J. Moore, 94, died early Saturday morning, June 14, 2008, at her residence with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 5, 1914, in Middlebury, the daughter of the late Charles and Frances (Swenor) Shaw.

She attended local schools and was a graduate of Middlebury High School. She married Lawrence P. Moore on June 30, 1937, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury.

Obituaries (06/16/08)

Augusta U. (Rotax) Weaver

MONKTON ‚Äî Memorial services for Augusta U. (Rotax) Weaver,  90, who passed away Nov. 29, 2006, in Syracuse, N.Y., will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Quaker Cemetery (Rotax Estate) on Cemetery Road in Monkton. The Rev. John R. Burbank will officiate.


Margaret M. Sanchez

MIDDLEBURY — The Memorial Mass for Margaret M. Sanchez, 40, of Middlebury, who died on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday June 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Rev. Justin Baker will officiate. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Orwell.

Memorial donations can be made to The Sanchez Children’s Fund and sent to the attention of Barbara Bourne at Mary Hogan Elementary, 201 Mary Hogan Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Obituaries (06/12/08)

Ellen Lamar Thomas

LENOX, Mass. — Ellen Lamar Thomas, 95, of 235 Walker St, Kimball Farms Retirement Community, former reading consultant at the University of Chicago and author of books on teaching reading, died May 22, 2008, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center.

Born in North Tonawanda, NY, on Sept. 16, 1912, daughter of Ellen Beattie Thomas and Bernard Thomas, she was a graduate of St. Petersburg FL High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the College of William and Mary, attended Columbia University and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Wisconsin University.

Mrs. Thomas taught journalism and English in Florida and in the Panama Canal Zone, then became a reading specialist, spending much of her professional life in the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago, where she trained teachers and helped young people upgrade their reading. Her work there earned her the Master Teacher’s medal.

Her book, “Improving Reading in Every Class,” was selected as a Book of the Year in education. Upon leaving the Laboratory School, Ellen was honored by the senior class for being of special help to them during their high school years and, at their graduation, was awarded an honorary diploma, which became a prized possession of hers.

A free lance magazine writer, her articles have appeared in Parents Magazine, Mature Years, Mature Living, Living with Teen-Agers, Popular Photography, Catholic Digest, and a host of other publications.

A resident of Middlebury for several years, Ellen was active in community projects, writing slide shows for the United Way, being secretary for the League of Women Voters and Community Action, and writing publicity for Addison County Hospice, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and the Christmas Shop.

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