Obituaries


WILSON JOHN SIMONDS
03/31/2020
WHITING — Wilson “Bill” John Simonds, age 88, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at his home in Whiting. Mr. Simonds was born in Whiting on Dec, 25, 1931. He was the son of E. Rich and Frances (Keeler) Simonds. He grew up in Whiting, where he received his early education and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1950. Following graduation, he spent the next four years in the United States Air Force, where he was a survival specialist stationed in Roswell, N.M. After his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to Vermont, which he loved. Bill worked at a few jobs cutting trees for...
03/30/2020
MORRISVILLE — Early Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020, Elaine Horner passed away peacefully at The Manor in Morrisville, Vt. She was listening to country music with her two daughters by her side. Elaine died after a very long struggle from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Elaine was born in 1937, in Albany, Vt., to Dale B. and Mary L. (Mason) Marsh. She lived most of her life in Albany. In 1954 she married Clayton Burbank, divorcing after eleven years. Following this, Elaine and her two daughters moved to Vergennes to live with her family for the next two years. She later...

AGNES B. MARTELL
03/30/2020
NEW HAVEN — Agnes B. Martell, 87, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. She was born June 11, 1932, in Lincoln, the daughter of George and Florence (Hill) Ramsey. She worked at Van Raalte in Middlebury for more than 10 years. She enjoyed crochet, knitting and needlepoint, and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Agnes is survived by her husband of 64 years, Alson Martell; four children, Diana and husband Donald McCormick, Priscilla (Perky) and husband Melvin Larrow, Gregory (Joe) and wife Rhonda Martell, Brenda and...

DAVID (STONEY) MASON
03/30/2020
STARKSBORO — David (Stoney) Mason, 88, died unexpectedly at his home in Starksboro, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. He was born April 28, 1931 to Gale Mason and Ruth (Hullett) Mason in Starksboro. Dave lived a full life of hard work as a farmer, cheesemaker, sawmill worker, and most notably as a renowned drystone wall mason. As testimony to his love of Mother Nature, David lives on through his magnificent drystone walls as they grace the landscape in all of Vermont, throughout New England, and across the country. David is survived by his beloved wife Bette J. (Alger) Mason, his son Richard...

LAURIE BOURDON WETMORE
03/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Laurie Bourdon Wetmore passed away peacefully in her home on March 18, 2020, surrounded by her children, at the age of 85. She was born in Cornwall, Vt., on Feb. 9, 1935, the daughter of Ernest and Juliette Bourdon. Laurie was the sixth of 8 children. During the days prior to her death she welcomed and deeply appreciated the visits of family and friends. Laurie married John Wetmore on Sept. 13, 1958, and celebrated almost 55 years of marriage before he died in 2014. Laurie and John raised four children: David, Lynda, Kelly and Jared. She was predeceased by her husband John and...

GEORGE J. MENARD
03/26/2020
BRISTOL — George J. Menard, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Barre Gardens in Barre, Vt. He was born Nov. 25, 1931, in New Haven, the son of Edmond and Cecile (Rheaume) Menard. He loved fishing, building bird houses and woodworking after retiring from many years of driving truck for Drake Smith & Co. and William Holdman. He was predeceased by his wife Sylvia Menard, two brothers, two sisters and a daughter. George is survived by four children; Michael Menard, Arnold Menard, Bernadette Menard and Lisa Menard; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Kimball...

WAYNE L. BURLETT
03/26/2020
SALISBURY — On Sunday, March 15, 2020, loving husband and father, Wayne L. Burlett, passed away unexpectedly at University of Vermont Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 29, 1964, at Rutland Regional Hospital and grew up in Benson, Vt. He was always a ball of fire. He was a strong and fast wrestler for four years at Fair Haven Union High School, making Co-Captain of his team his Freshman year, going to states twice and achieving the State Championship in his weight class his Junior Year. Following high school, he attended Vermont Technical College for one year with a 4.0 GPA, but his dream...

SHIRLEY MAE TUTHILL GARON
03/26/2020
VERGENNES — Our mother, Shirley Mae Tuthill Garon, passed on to her next great adventure on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the age of 99, surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was born on Feb. 23, 1921, in Wolcott, Vt., the eldest daughter of Vernon and Martha Parker Tuthill. She was educated in Hardwick, Vt., schools and went on to Lyndon Normal School. Her college time was interrupted when she met and married Rosario Garon on July 15, 1942. She spent most of her married life in Newport, Vt. For the next 25 years her life was focused on her family. Her meals, breads, pastries, and...

HERRICK FISK HURLBURT
03/26/2020
MONKTON — Herrick Fisk Hurlburt Sr. of Monkton, Vt., passed away peacefully March 19, 2020 — the first day of spring. He was born Sept. 8, 1931, to his parents George and Rachael Hurlburt. He grew up on the family farm with his sister Jean (Hurlburt) Smith of New Haven. He attended Beeman Academy in New Haven and then attended Randolph School of Agriculture. He married Charlotte Leggett from Middlebury and was a loving husband and father. He would often be found riding on his tractor with his wife by his side, bailing hay or checking the fields. He was a lifelong farmer who loved the way of...

DAVID A. JACKSON
03/26/2020
FERRISBURGH — David A. Jackson, 80 years old, of Ferrisburgh, Vt., passed away on March 22, 2020 at UVM Medical Center, with his daughters by his side. David (Dave) was a man of few words, but he loved his family and his friends. He was very active, loved working for Denecker Chevrolet, and enjoyed a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, shopping and tinkering on small engines. Dave retired from Devine’s Sales and Service in Ferrisburgh, after working 40 years alongside his brother Earl. He was a farm tractor mechanic and worked with many local farmers. Dave was...

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