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Obituaries 09/11/08

Joyce J. Carter

BRISTOL — Joyce J. Carter, 63, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at her home in Bristol after a brief battle with cancer.  She was born May 13, 1945, in Ferrisburgh, the daughter of John and Ruth (Newville) Jerome.

Family reports that she was a private person, strong-willed, always ready with advice, a listening ear and help.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Carter of Bristol; two children, Anita Carter and Andrew Carter of Bristol; two grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Prime, Evelyn Carter, and Joan Stevens; four brothers John, Charles, Norbert and William; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Brian and Kevin.

 Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment was in Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.

Obituaries (09/08/08)

Richard L. Keenan

FERRISBURGH — Richard L. Keenan, a Wellesley, Mass., resident for 50 years, and most recently at North Hill in Needham, Mass., and Ferrisburgh, Vt., died at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. on Sept. 1, 2008, at age 85.

Predeceased by his loving wife Barbara (Clarke) Keenan, they married on June 11, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a surgical technician in the U.S. Army. Barbara, his wife of 58 years, was “my greatest supporter,” said Dick. “Whatever good occurred to me, she was responsible.”

He is survived by children Clarke Keenan, and his wife, Cathie, of Westwood, Mass., Jonathan Keenan, and his wife, Kathleen, of Monument Beach, Mass., and Bonnie Jane Conway of Export, Pa.; and loving granddaughters, Adrienne and Katie.

Both Dick and Barbara were graduates of Waltham High School in Waltham, Mass. Dick graduated from Norwich University in 1947 and became employed by Waltham Chemical Company, which he purchased in 1963, retiring in 1994.

In addition to his expanding pest control business, he found time to pursue other related interests. He held manager positions with his trade association, the National Pest Control Association. Also, he was elected to the board of Copesan Services Inc. Milwaukee, Wisc., and served as its president for four years. In 1980, he inaugurated CPS Insurance Company Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, and was its president for 16 years. CPS insures over 20 percent of the pest control industry in the United States.

In 1981 he was elected a trustee of Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., and served for 21 years. He was vice chairman of the board for the last six years of his tenure. He served with three university presidents.

Obituaries (09/04/08)

Guy E. Seager

RUTLAND — Guy E. Seager, 96, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at the Meadows at Heritage Hill in Rutland.

Guy was born in Richford, N.Y., Oct. 19, 1911, the son of Scott E. and Melissa (Williams) Seager. He was the second-oldest child out of four children, and grew up on his father’s farm in Randolph, Vt. He graduated from Randolph High School where he met his future wife, Francis Lamson, who he married on Jan. 26, 1936.

He attended Rutland Business College and went to college in Flint, Mich., to study car dealership management. After his graduation he returned to Rutland and worked for his uncle, who owned the Rutland Buick Company.

He worked at the dealership for another 20 years until he took over the dealership and remained the owner for another 30 years. He had resided in Rutland for over 50 years and was very active in community affairs and was a member of the Shiners and Past Master of Rutland Masonic Lodge No. 79.

After his retirement, he and his wife lived in Florida and South Carolina before moving back to Brandon in 1993. During his retirement he was an avid golfer, and shuffleboard and bridge player.

Guy was always known for his wonderful wit and sometimes dry sense of humor.

Guy is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and her husband Franklin C. Sanderson Jr. of Brandon; and his four grandchildren, Franklin Sanderson III of Castleton, Bill G. Sanderson of Leicester, John H. Sanderson of Orwell and Susan L. Sanderson of Hubbardton. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his wife, Frances Seager, who passed away Aug. 28, 2004; his son Stuart E. Seager on June 2, 1995; his granddaughter Sharon Lea Sanderson–Cerasoli on July 25, 1990; one sister Pam Baker; and two brothers, Scott and Alton Seager.

Obituaries (09/01/08)

Dorothy R. (Chynoweth) McGrath

MIDDLEBURY — Dorothy R. (Chynoweth) McGrath, 86, of Middlebury and formerly of Stoneham and Wakefield, Mass., died on  Aug. 25, 2008. She lived the last two years at the Helen Porter Special Care Unit.

She was born in Malden, Mass., on June 28, 1922, the daughter of Paul and Bessie Chynoweth.

She graduated from Stoneham (Mass.) High School, where she met her husband, John F. McGrath, and from Westbrook Junior College in Westbrook, Maine.  After working as an executive secretary, she enjoyed traveling, bridge and visiting with her lifelong friends.

She is survived by two sons, Robert J. McGrath and his wife, Grace, of Middlebury, and Richard P. McGrath and his wife, Karen, of Ballston Lake, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Visiting hours were held  last Friday at the McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield, Mass., followed by private burial services. Donations in her memory may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Henriette Lerner-Hahn

MIDDLEBURY — Henriette Lerner-Hahn, 84, of Middlebury died on Monday, Aug. 25, of injuries resulting from a single-car accident.

She was predeceased by her husband, the artist Joseph Hahn, on Oct. 31, 2007.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sanderson’s Funeral Service. A public burial will be held at the Middlebury West Cemetery, adjacent to Middlebury College on Route 30, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Donations may be directed in to Hospice Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 772, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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

Obituaries (08/28/08)

Robin L. Thurston

LEICESTER- Robin L. Thurston, 52, of Sandy Point Lane, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home following a long illness.  Born in Cleveland July 18, 1956, she was the daughter of James R. Thompson and the late Beatrice J. (Sweiger) Thompson.

 Robin moved here from Middlebury two years ago where she had lived for several years.

 She served in the United States Navy 1985-1986, and was a waitress at Two Brothers Tavern of Middlebury prior to her illness.

 Robin was a very caring person and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

 Family members include her husband, Charles R. Thurston of Leicester; four sons, Christopher M. Thompson of Massachusetts, Charles R. “CJ” Thurston, Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Germany, James R. Thurston of Vermont, and Steven A. Thurston of Vermont; one daughter, Danette M. Lizzini of Ohio; three sisters, Brenda K. Kociuba and Tonya J. Fortesque, both of Ohio, and Salena A. Tartaglia of Virginia; her father of Ohio, and four grandchildren, Samantha Markley, Megen Lizzini, Cheo Rosas and Danyana Rosas, all of Ohio.

 She was predeceased by her mother.

 A memorial service will be conducted Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury, with the Rev. Ronald Reiling, pastor of Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.


Anthony Elias (Tony) Thomas

BRISTOL — Anthony Elias (Tony) Thomas, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Addison House in Middlebury. He was born April 1, 1912, in Ticonderoga, N.Y., the son of Elias and Sarah (Hubbard) Thomas.

Obituaries (08/25/08)

Warren B. Slocum

MIDDLEBURY — Warren B. Slocum, 83, of Middlebury died Thursday, Aug. 21, at Porter Medical Center. He was born in Middlebury on April 29, 1925.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, followed by a graveside interment service. A reception will follow at the Slocum residence in Chipman Park.

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


Rachel M. Burnett

VERGENNES — Rachel M. Burnett, 91, died on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.  She was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Ferrisburgh, the daughter of Philip and Ellen (Porter) Ryder.

 She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Brace of Panton and Janice Wanzer of Ohio; a sister, Marjorie Bushey of Middlebury; a brother, William Ryder of Ferrisburgh; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie; a son, David; five sisters; a brother; a son-in-law; and two granddaughters.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 22, at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Obituaries (08/21/08)

Helga Neuse Whitcomb

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Helga Neuse Whitcomb, 74, of South Burlington died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, in Respite House in Williston, as a result of brain cancer. Helga was born in Middlebury on July 22, 1934, the daughter of Werner and Eloise Neuse.

She attended Middlebury schools until 1949 when she spent three years at Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, Mass. She attended Middlebury College and earned a B.A. in 1956 with majors in German and French, while at the same time pursuing her love of skiing and serving on the Ski Patrol.

She spent one summer in France as a governess for two children, and several years later, another summer as a member of a German-speaking group of the Experiment in International Living in Feldbach, Austria. In the fall of 1956, she became a teaching assistant in the doctoral program in German at Stanford University.

She pursued her doctoral studies and taught several courses in the Stanford German teaching program. At the conclusion of the academic year, on June 22, 1957, she married Richard O. Whitcomb, an acting instructor, also at Stanford.

In Geneva, N.Y., she was a research technician in pomology at the Cornell University Field Station. After raising a family in Wisconsin, Washington and Illinois, she became head of the inter-library loan department at Illinois State University in 1980. She spent eleven years as research librarian at ISU and retired in 1991.

In 1996, she returned with her husband Richard to Vermont where she lived in South Burlington for the next twelve years. According to family, she was an expert knitter and seamstress, an ardent letter writer, a dedicated gardener, a gourmet cook and a gifted chronicler of family memoirs, letters and diaries.

Obituaries (08/18/08)

Edith E. Sweet

FERRISBURGH — Edith E. Sweet, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. She was born July 6, 1926, in Hinesburg, the daughter of Daniel and Winona (Warren) Sweet.

 She is survived by two daughters, Jean Sweet of Ferrisburgh and Joan Freegard and her husband, Roger, of Vergennes; a son, David Sweet of Ferrisburgh; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her four brothers and four sisters.

 A graveside service was held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, South Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Michael A. Robarge

BERLIN — Michael A. Robarge, 50, of Berlin died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born July 3, 1958, in Middlebury, the son of Albert Robarge and Lorretta Robarge Hawkins.

He lived in Vergennes before moving to Berlin.

 He is survived by four daughters, Heather, Sara, Thomye, and Mikayla; three grandchildren; his mother, Lorretta, and her husband, Pete Hawkins.

He was predeceased by his father, Albert Robarge; and a brother, Jeff Robarge.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes.


Stephanie (Heyman) Masterson

LINCOLN — Stephanie (Heyman) Masterson, 58, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.  She was born June 8, 1950, in Proctor, the daughter of Walter Heyman and Patricia (Charron) Lafountain.

Obituaries (08/14/08)

Maynard R. Farr

SOUTH STARKSBORO — Maynard R. Farr, 84, of South Starksboro died Sunday Aug. 10, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.  He was born May 23, 1924, in Lincoln, the son of Seymour M. and Leah M. (Butterfield) Farr.

 He attended Lincoln schools. He married Barbara Morrill on Aug. 27, 1948, in Starksboro. He worked as a logger, then in the lumber mills, and the last 21 years as a truck driver for Robinson Oil Company of Bristol until his retirement in 1988.

Upon retiring he remained active, returning to work in the forest, which he loved. According to family, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

 He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Kathleen Bushey and her husband, Dale, of South Starksboro and Maxx Farr of Richmond; and a son, Terry Farr of Bristol; two grandsons and a granddaughter; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Muriel Orvis of Lincoln, Norma Carr of Bridport, and Eleanor Thompson and her husband, Fred, of Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Rolan.

 Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Lincoln United Church. Interment was in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Burnham Foundation, Lincoln Town Treasurer, Lincoln, VT 05443.


Janet S. June

BRANDON — Janet S. June, 97, died July 17, 2008, at Ashlar of Newtown, Conn. She was born in Warsaw, N.Y., on May 2, 1911, the daughter of John E. and Grace (Covert) Stainton.

She graduated from Rochester High School and Middlebury College, class of 1933. She taught for many years at Otter Valley Union High School.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Chase, of Danbury, Conn.; a son, David June, of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Milton T. June.

Obituaries (08/11/08)

Thomas “Tommy” Whitney

PANTON — Thomas “Tommy” Whitney, 44, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at his home in Panton surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 12, 1963, in Burlington, the son of James and Ann (Newville) Whitney.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Whitney, and his grandson, Heath, of Vergennes; his parents, James and Ann Whitney of Panton; a brother, Brian Whitney and his wife, Eileen, of South Hero; three sisters, Angela Whitney of Panton, Iris Whitney of Vergennes, and Melody Miller and her husband, Dale, of Addison; one niece; and several nephews.

He was predeceased by his nephew Anthony Whitney.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Monday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

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