Obituaries


SETH OSCAR NELSON
08/05/2020
NEW HAVEN — A military memorial service and celebration of life for Seth Oscar Nelson, who died April 25, 2020, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m., at 1323 East Street, New Haven. It will take place outside on private property, with a tent provided for weather. Attendees should follow current Vermont travel and mask guidelines.
08/05/2020
NEW HAVEN — Agnes B. Martell, 87, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Eagles Club Pavilion in Vergennes with a burial following at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

RONALD L. POTTS
08/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ronald L. Potts passed away peacefully Thursday, July 23, 2020, at McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, after battling bone cancer He was born on July 17, 1951 in Smyrna, Tenn., the son of Oscar and Thelma (Walker) Potts. Ronnie spent most of his childhood years in northern Maine. He attended school in Mars Hill Maine. As a young man he enlisted in the United States Army. He traveled back and forth across the United States following wherever the road led him. No matter where his path took him, he always carried a journal with him and would write about all the mysteries he...

JOHN F. COOKE
08/05/2020
WHITING — John F. Cooke, a world traveler who lived in Whiting, Vt., passed away on the morning of Friday, July 31, 2020, listening to reggae at Helen Porter Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, Vt. He was recently on vacation in Negril, Jamaica, a place he loved. Negril and his cottage in Prince Edward Island were his homes away from home. John was born on Oct. 17, 1938, to Walter and Victoria (Kablick) Cooke. He grew up in Hartford, Conn., and served in the Air Force after graduating high school. He traveled around the country from California to Colorado to Connecticut as a...

SHAUN MERLE LITCHFIELD
08/05/2020
RUTLAND — Shaun Merle Litchfield, age 59, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020, at the Pines at Rutland following a courageous battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Shaun was born in Rutland on Oct. 16, 1960.  He was the son of Lyle Litchfield and Doris (Christian) Litchfield. He was a resident of Rutland since 2017, moving there from Bristol. Shaun is survived by his mother, Doris Downs of Middlebury; one daughter, Jessica K. Friend (Matt); a sister, Callie Litchfield of Middlebury; and two brothers, Mark Litchfield (Janet) of St. Albans and Rob Litchfield (Samantha) of South...
08/03/2020
SHOREHAM — The memorial service for Kenneth VanHazinga will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 1:30 p.m., at his farm at 3445 VT Route 74E in Shoreham.

J. FRANCIS ANGIER
08/03/2020
SPRING HILL, Fla. — J. Francis Angier, 97, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away peacefully July 27 at the VA Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He was born in Burlington, Vt., to Frank and Mamie Angier of New Haven, Vt. His beloved wife Madeleine predeceased him in 2011 after 65 years of marriage. They lived most of their lives in Addison, Vt., where they farmed and raised five sons. The last few years have been spent in Florida. He is survived by his sons John (Karen) of Clearwater, Fla., Michael (Dawn) of Spring Hill Fla., Phillip (Debra) of Panton Vt., and Pierre of Wolfeboro, N.H. His youngest son,...

HELEN MARGARET BETOURNEY
08/03/2020
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Helen Margaret Betourney, 104, passed away gracefully and peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at her home in East Middlebury. Helen was born in New Haven, Vt., on Oct. 13, 1915, to Albert E. Counter and Marguerite (Lacy) Counter. On June 10, 1943, she married Guy Sinai Betourney of Montreal, Quebec. Helen and Guy were married 58 years, raised six children, and were partners in Betourney’s Market in East Middlebury. Helen was a devout Catholic and supporter of St. Mary’s Church and school in Middlebury. She was an avid reader, always won at the game of scrabble, and loved...

ROGER BRISTOL JR.
08/03/2020
BRANDON — Roger Bristol Jr., 55, of Brandon passed suddenly on April 16, 2020. He was born June 29, 1964, in Burlington, to Roger Bristol Sr. and Sandy Cyr Bristol. He attended Middlebury Union High School. He worked for Thunder Towing until the time of his death. He was well-liked for what he did and how he did it. He is survived by his parents; sisters Lisa Bristol and Cheryl Bristol Steady (Chuck); brothers Craig Bristol Sr. (Julie) and Kevin Bristol (Sherry); and son Jeremy Daniel Hemingway. He loved wildlife and fishing and hunting. He liked sitting in his back yard and watching the...

MATTHEW ROLLIN LAZARUS
08/03/2020
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Matthew Rollin Lazarus, beloved son of Simone Rollin Feder and Douglas Lazarus, passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2020, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Matthew, born in Seoul, Korea, on April, 29, 1984, was adopted at three months, and spent his childhood in Vergennes attending Vergennes Elementary School, The Bridge School in Middlebury, and after moving to Essex Junction with his mother, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School and Essex High School. His talents and dreams to be a screenwriter propelled his move to Los Angeles in 2002 with his beloved cat Janet. There he worked in the...

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