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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hester Irene (Lawrence) Cook went home to our Lord and Savior on Feb. 18, 2021. She was born April 16, 1927, in Charlotte, Vt., and grew up on a dairy farm on Monkton Ridge. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and began working as a housekeeper at various resorts in Arizona, California, Wyoming and New York. Hester spent nine winter seasons at Castle Hot Springs resort near Wickenburg, Ariz., in the late 1940s and early ’50s, where she met her husband William Cook. They were married in Quartzsite, Ariz. in Oct. 1948 and made their home in Phoenix, Ariz. Hester...

LEO VIENS
MIDDLEBURY — Leo Viens of Middlebury, born in Swanton, Vt., to Arthur and Louisia (Laroche) Viens, passed away peaceably in the presence of his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Annie (Many) Viens, along with his daughter Karen Alcorn of Rutland, Vt., and his son and wife, Charles and Barbara Viens of Hudson, N.H. He was predeceased by his father and mother along with a son, Thomas Viens. Leo came from a large family of fourteen brothers and sisters. All of the siblings grew up working the family farm in Swanton. He is survived by sisters Laurette Demers of New Haven, Conn.; Sue...

MARY JANE CHURCHILL WING
LEICESTER — Mary Jane Churchill Wing, 94, passed gracefully on Feb. 13, 2021, surrounded by family at her beloved Lake Dunmore. She was born May 5, 1926, in Proctor, Vt., to Winnifred Locke and A. Hawley Churchill of Brandon, Vt. She grew up in Brandon on a self-sufficient farm with a water-powered sawmill, sugarbush, gardens, trout hatchery, Morgan horses and Jersey cows. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1943. Upon graduation from Stephen’s College, she went to Boston and worked for Eastern Airlines until her marriage to Howard W. (Pete) Wing in 1948. Together they had three...
NEW HAVEN — Rhoda Brown, 73, of New Haven, died Feb. 16, 2021. She was born July 26, 1947, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, to Francis and Bernice Jenks Beeman. She is survived by her son Scott Brown; daughter Tara Knapp; sister Claudia (Beeman) LaPorte; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents. Funeral mass to be held at a later time this year, with a gathering of family and friends following. Contributions can be made to Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society.

GREGORY GERALD BIANCHI
PITTSFORD — Gregory Gerald Bianchi, age 59, passed peacefully Feb. 14, 2021, while ice fishing on Lake Champlain in Shoreham. Greg was born in Rutland Oct. 31, 1961. He was the son of Gerald and Mary (Todriff) Bianchi. He grew up in Rutland, where he received his early education and graduated from Rutland High School, class 1979. Greg began his working years as a chef at various Rutland area restaurants. He later drove truck for Frito-Lay. He also worked as a mechanic for Ray Nutting Automotive Sales. Working at Pidgeon’s Auto Salvage in Leicester started his interest in auto tires. He came...

EUGENE CHARLES BRADFORD
FERRISBURGH — Eugene Charles Bradford, 75, of Ferrisburgh passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Eugene, son of Chester and Sylvia Bradford, was born in Vergennes on Dec. 21, 1945. He attended a one-room Ferrisburgh schoolhouse before graduating from Vergennes Union High School in 1963. In the mid 60s, Eugene honorably served with a 250-person crew as an E3 Radarman aboard the AGC-16 U.S.S. Pocono for the United States Navy. Eugene was a long-time member of the American Legion (Post 14) and the Fraternal Order...

SHIRLEY PERKINS (HORMEL) BULLARD
WESTPORT N.Y. — Shirley Perkins (Hormel) Bullard died on Feb. 15, 2021. She was a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Vermont. She was a Speech and Language Pathologist with a special interest in neurogenetic communication disorders. In addition to her professional career, she served as a deacon in Protestant churches in Saxtons River and Orwell, Vt., and in Westport, N.Y. Shirley was an expert volunteer panelist for the New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee. She loved to sing. She had lived in many places and joked that the voice is the most portable instrument...

LAWRENCE ALAN EDGERTON
WOONSOCKET R.I. — Lawrence Alan Edgerton, 64, a proud native Vermonter, died on Feb. 20, 2021, at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I., of complications from COVID-19. Larry was born in Middlebury on Jan. 12, 1957, the middle son of the late Elmer “Bud” and Marjorie (Roucoulet) Edgerton. He attended St. Mary’s School and graduated in 1974 from Middlebury Union High School. Larry loved Lake Dunmore more than any other place on earth. Growing up in Salisbury, he spent every waking moment all summer in, on and under the water, swimming and water skiing. As a teenager, he worked at...

JESSICA J. HOAGLAND
MIDDLEBURY — Jessica J. Hoagland, who served many years as parish administrator of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury and played key roles in community and civic organizations, died Feb. 16, 2021, at the hospice unit at the Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was 81. An avid reader and collector of mystery novels, and a lightening-quick master of crossword puzzles, she was revered by a large circle of friends, some of whom she’d grown up with, others who were relative newcomers and all of whom cherished her humor, compassion and loyalty. Jessica was diagnosed last...

BONNIE LEE HUNT
BRANDON — Bonnie Lee Hunt, age 74, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Bonnie was born in Burlington on Oct. 28, 1946. She was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Trieb) Cota. She grew up in Burlington, where she received her early education and graduated from South Burlington High School, class 1964. On Oct. 23, 1965, she married Paul Gene Hunt in Jericho, Vt. They made their home in Bristol. She had worked as a solderer for Simmons Precession for several years. They moved to Murphy, N.C., in 1991 and she began working for Moog Manufacturing for the next 14...

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