NORTH FERRISBURGH — Ernest L. Benoit, 74, of North Ferrisburgh, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020, unexpectedly, at home. Ernest was born Dec. 28, 1945, at home on the family farm in North Ferrisburgh. He was the son of Leo and Laurette (Brault) Benoit. After completing 8th Grade Ernest stayed home to work on the family farm. In 1963 he met the love of his life, Marie (Gordon) while they worked at Kennedy Brothers together. Ernest and Marie were married on Jan. 9, 1965. He then joined the Vermont Army National Guard, where he served from 1965-1970. The couple moved home to the family farm in...

LINCOLN — Bonnie Jean Roleau, 61, passed peacefully after a brief illness on May 23, 2020, to be with the Lord and her mom. She was surrounded by her family. Bonnie was born in Patterson, N.J., on July 6, 1958. She grew up on a horse farm in Mahwah, N.J. The daughter of Roy and Ronnie (Hodge) Artsma, she is survived by William (Bill), her husband of 36 years; sons Ethan of Portland, Maine and Trent and wife Abby (Scholton) of Bristol, Vt.; sisters Judy McDonald of White River Junction, Vt., and Jamie Prouetto of Burlington, Vt.; 11 nieces and nephews, and four grandchildren (by Trent &...

BRISTOL — Kraton James Chaloux, 29, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on Sept. 15, 1990, in Burlington. His parents were father Scott Chaloux, mother Beth Champagne, and his other mother Christine Ryan. He enjoyed living life to the fullest and playing bingo with the old ladies. He is survived by his fiancée Amanda Smith, his siblings Akeitha, Kassandra, Chris, and Tyler, and a lot of extended family. Funeral services will be held at a later date. To send online condolences to his family visit◊
MIDDLEBURY — Laura Duvall Chase died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., on May 17, 2020. Her brothers were with her for most of her final hours. Laura was born in Sanford, Fla., to Julia Gehan Chase and Randall Chase II. She grew up in Sanford and spent many happy summers in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod.  She attended school in Sanford through eighth grade, and attended high school in Richmond, Va., at St. Catherine’s School. She received an Associate degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, a Masters...

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Elizabeth Brooks Dennett, 81, died of lymphoma cancer on May 26, 2020, at her home in Needham, Mass. The oldest child of William F. Brooks and Katherine (Ross) Brooks, Liz was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1939 and resided in Middlebury, Vt., during WWII with her mother and brother while her father served as a naval officer in the Pacific. With a passion for lifelong learning and a deep love of people, Liz graduated from St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, Va., where her mother was a math teacher. She matriculated at Smith College, graduating in 1960. After teaching...

MIDDLEBURY — Sandra J. Dragon passed away on May 25, 2020, at the age of 76, in her home in Middlebury, Vt. She was predeceased by her father Donald Desrocher and her mother Marion (Blaise) Desrocher; her husband Ellsworth Dragon; and daughter Jeannie Kehoe. She is survived by her children Donald and his wife Terry Welch and James and his wife Krystal Dragon; grandchildren Ashley and her husband Harold Jewel, Danielle Madison, Japheth Kehoe, and Aarin and her husband Justin Malzac; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Donald and his wife Ginny Desrocher, Judy and...

RIPTON — Stefan Kulczyk, 93, died of natural causes Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at home with family. He was born on March 7, 1927, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and devoted father with five surviving children. He cherished his final years participating in Project Independence in Middlebury. He was known throughout his life for an appreciation of nature, personal kindness and generosity.◊

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. — After being able to spend time with each of his children, Nelson George Purinton peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Nelson, known as Jimmy in his hometown, was born on October 18, 1947 in Middlebury, Vt., to George Arthur Purinton and Dorothy Irene Shiverette. He was a surprise twin to his sister, Gloria, and younger sibling to his brother Fredrick (called Ted) and sister Shirley. Nelson spent much of his youth helping on the family dairy and truck farm in Bristol, Vt. Nelson graduated from Bristol High School and then studied at the University of Vermont...

MORIAH, N.Y. — Kirt A. Tavis, 52, of Moriah, N.Y., was called back home to reunite with his mother on Friday, May 22, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born to the late Bonnie Lathrop on May 29, 1968. He is survived by his father Terry Tavis and step Father Duane Lathrop as well as by one brother, Eric Lathrop and one sister, Kerri Lathrop. He left behind three gorgeous daughters, Hannah Tavis and her significant other Brandyn Walsh, Helena Tavis and her significant other Jon Lanpher, and Skyler Tavis. In addition to his three girls, Kirt is also survived by one son, his...

CORNWALL — Edgar J. Lamoureux, 80, died Friday evening, May 22, 2020, at Porter Medical Center. He was born July 30, 1939, in Casselman, Ontario, Canada the son of Auguste and Helene (Quesnel) Lamoureux. Edgar married Gloria Durkee on May 31, 1958. He was an over-the-road truck driver hauling heavy equipment for many years contracting with Daily Express Trucking. Edgar was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Middlebury. He enjoyed the Caribbean cruise he and his wife took, elk hunting in Colorado, ocean fishing with his brothers, and watching the New England Patriots. Edgar was able to...


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