Obituaries


THOMAS F. BECHTEL
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Bechtel died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at home in Middlebury, Vt., after several months of declining health. He is survived by Dorie, his wife of nearly 60 years, sons Stephen, Douglas, and Trevor and four grandchildren; Catriona and Annie Bechtel, Erik Powell-Bechtel, and Myrica Palm-Bechtel. Tom was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1936 and grew up in East Aurora, N.Y., with his mother Mary, a school teacher, father Herbert, a Lake Erie fisherman, and sister Mary Joanne. Tom and Dorie met at Oberlin College in Ohio, and were married in 1961 after Tom finished two...

ALAN WALTER CURLER
01/23/2020
NEW HAVEN — Alan Walter Curler, a lifelong Vermonter and pillar of the New Haven community for nearly 30 years, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2020. The oldest of five boys, Alan grew up in “the Hollow” in North Ferrisburgh, where his mother, Pauline (Thorpe), and his father, Walter Curler, fostered his kindness, humility, selflessness, and work ethic, while his brothers taught him to have patience and a sense of humor. Although he was not the most studious as a young man, Alan graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1968, then went on...

ANDREA JACKMAN HALNON
01/23/2020
BRISTOL — Andrea Jackman Halnon, 66, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, after a year-long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her adoring family. Andrea was born Aug. 12, 1953, to Glenn and Barbara Jackman and grew up in Bristol, where she graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 1971. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Plymouth State College in 1975 and received her master’s from the University of Vermont in 1982. She married her husband Steve in 1983, and they raised their two children in Lincoln. Andrea had an accomplished career as a public school teacher...

GAIL BONNER JETTE
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Gail Bonner Jette passed away on the morning of Jan. 13, 2020, at EastView at Middlebury with her younger sister Toni by her bedside. She had resided at East View since June 2018 and lived at Green Mountain Place in Middlebury for almost 50 years prior. It was not the way Gail would have planned her exit, but one is unlikely to die while coaching field hockey, playing tennis, or doing jumping-jacks. Gail was the daughter of Patricia Newbold Cramp and Thomas Patrick Bonner. She was born in Upper Darby, Pa., on June 16, 1936. She grew up in Lansdowne, Pa., and graduated from...
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Shannon Paul Palmer passed away peacefully in hospice surrounded by family. He was born to George and Madeline Palmer on September 28, 1969, in Middlebury, Vermont. He is survived by his mother Madeline; his siblings, Marc and his wife Heather, Jeremy and his wife Elisabeth; and his niece and nephews, Grace, Oliver, Harlan and Calvin. A graduate of VUHS he received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Shannon showcased his artistic gifts through painting, sculpture and illustration. Later he moved on to programming and coding,...

RACHEL L. TENNEY
01/23/2020
EAST BETHEL — Rachel L. Tenney, 95, of East Bethel, was found dead at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Dec. 13, 1924, in West Hartford, the daughter of John H. and Lillian (Butler) Longaway. She attended school in Brookfield and moved to East Bethel from Mt. Holly in 1950. She was married to Raymond F. Tenney in Ludlow in 1950. She and her husband operated a poultry farm for 25 years. She volunteered at Royalton Senior Center for many years, and was a member of East Bethel Community Church. Rachel enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. Survivors include her sisters Katherine...

WILLIAM F. “BILL” WARD JR.
01/23/2020
LEICESTER — William F. “Bill” Ward Jr., 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after a sudden illness. Bill was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., to William and Marjory Ward Sr. Throughout his childhood, Bill faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles but through the love of his family, and his own determination, he not only learned to walk but to swim. He would later compete in the Special Olympics as a swimmer. In his 40’s, Bill left New Jersey for Vermont and after a short stay at a group home joined the Delphia family. He was known as ‘Uncle Bill’ and over the past 25 years loved...

HAZEL C. ADAMS
01/20/2020
PUTNEY/MIDDLEBURY — Hazel C. Adams, known as “Terry,” spouse of the late John Franklin Adams of Putney and Middlebury, Vermont, passed from this earth January 15, 2020, at The Meadows at East Mountain in Rutland at the age of 88. She was born Hazel Therese Cadieux in Hartford, Conn., January 3, 1932, the only child to Evelyn Dominique and Phillip J. L. Cadieux. Terry graduated from Bulkeley High School in Hartford and worked at Travelers Insurance Co. Her love of square dancing led her to a workshop in New Hampshire where she met her John. And as John would say, he had “taken a shine to this...

DUANE ERNEST MAHEU
01/20/2020
AMITY, Maine — With great sadness, we announce the passing of Duane Ernest Maheu, 80, of Amity, Maine, on Jan. 12, 2020, after a brief but devastating illness. He was born in Middlebury, Vt., son of the late Ernest and Lucienne Maheu. He is survived by his current wife, Tana Maheu, and by his first wife, Laura Gray and their three children, Valerie Maheu, Victoria (Mark) Leighton, and Vanessa (Jay) Burt; sisters Ann (Jack) Dalton and Joan (Ron) Johnson, and brother Bruce Maheu; three grandchildren, Griffin and Dylan Leighton and Martha Burt; brother-in-law Murray (Anne) Pratt and their...
01/20/2020
CORNWALL — Rosemary A. Nelson, 99, died Jan. 15, 2020, at her home in Cornwall. She is survived by her son, Jim Nelson of Cornwall, and daughter, Kathy Hoxsie of Bridport. She is also survived by 4 granddaughters — Heather (John) Seeley of Middlebury, Holly (Johann) Hart of San Diego, Calif., Krysta (Eric) Laroche of Cornwall and Katie (Dustin) Paquette of North Carolina — and 9 great-grandkids — Ben, Becka, Raegan, Levi, Evan, Lydia, Madelyn, Luke and Aspen. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Edwin, in 2009. There will be no public service. Her family will have a private burial...

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