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JERE URBAN
MONKTON/WILLISTON — A celebration of Jere’s life will be held at Isham Family Farm (3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston, Vt.) on Saturday, May 15. Jere Urban of Monkton passed away March 15. On the 15th, an informal gathering will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 2 p.m. in the barn. Please join us for coffee and dessert after the ceremony. Per COVID guidelines, please wear a mask.

OTTO T.H. ALTHOFF III
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Otto T.H. Althoff III of Plymouth, Mass., and formerly of Vermont, passed away on April 29, 2021, at the Newfield House in Plymouth at the age of 80. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Gras) Althoff; loving father of Robin Kauffman and her significant other Larry, Jill Herrera and her significant other Todd, Dawn Bennett, Wendy Moran and her significant other Steve, Steve Letendre and his wife Stephanie, Christopher Smith and his wife Suzanne, and Thatcher Smith and his wife Jennifer; cherished grandfather of Amber, Nicolas, Jeslin, Zacary, Knisha, Morgan, Sebastian,...

DUSTIN JAMES APGAR
LINCOLN — Something unexpected was in the air on Aug. 24, 1979, as Dustin James Apgar entered the world in San Diego, Calif. Ray Kroc, owner of the Padres and chairman of McDonald’s, gave up control of the team that day, saying “baseball can go to hell.” And the team responded with “we’ll show you” by playing a 19-inning game to prove their point. Anyone who knew Dustin would recognize that he had the same diehard energy, brazen confidence and cavalier spirit. It was a kind of magic that led him to a life of high adventure, daring feats, and joy of just being. Raised in Lincoln, Vt., it was...

PEYTON JOYCE CRAM
FERRISBURGH — Peyton Joyce Cram passed away peacefully, with her parents by her side, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She was born March 11, 2021, the daughter of Dustin Cram and Jade Rule. She is survived by her parents, older sister Harper Cram, her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many cousins. Peyton was born premature at 25 weeks and made her way into so many people’s hearts. She will be dearly missed by many. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 14, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, for close...

JAMES “JIM” GARNER GILL
CORNWALL — James “Jim” Garner Gill lost his quiet, lifelong battle with anxiety on May 3, 2021, dying by his own hand in Cornwall. Born Feb. 3, 1966, in Middlebury, James was the son of Garner and Florence (Burgess) Gill. He was raised on his parents’ dairy farm in Cornwall, where as a boy he worked alongside his dad milking cows, tending crops and repairing machinery. He always loved being at the farm. Jim would proudly recall driving the old tractors before his feet could even touch the tractor deck. In later years, Jim built his own home on the family property, where he resided until his...

BARBARA LOUISE LADUC
ORWELL — Barbara Louise LaDuc, age 87, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at her home in Orwell. Barb was born in Salisbury on Nov. 30, 1933. She was the daughter of Harrison and Louise (LaFlam) DeVoid. She grew up in Salisbury, where she received her education. May 10, 1954, she married Charles Wilbur LaDuc in St. Paul’s Church in Orwell. They made their home on the family farm on Royce Hill Road, where they raised their family. Barbara worked with her husband on the farm for many years. Mr. LaDuc predeceased her August 5, 1985. She loved going to Bingo. Her passion was car racing at...

JON C. RIGG SR.
BRIDPORT — Jon C. Rigg Sr., 84, died Saturday morning, May 1, 2021, at his residence in Bridport after a long illness. He was born Feb. 11, 1937, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of Emerson and Martha (Carter) Rigg. Jon attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., from the 5th-8th grades as well as schools in Kansas, Florida, and Middlebury before graduation from Cridersville High School in Cridersville, Ohio, class of 1956. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Paris Island, S.C., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. After returning to Vermont from the...

CHARLES LAURENCE STRUM
WEYBRIDGE — Charles Laurence Strum, 73, passed away peacefully at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury, Vt., on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The cause was glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Chuck, as he was known, was born in Manhattan on Jan. 28, 1948, the only child of Emmanuel and Dorothy (Doloboff) Strum. He grew up primarily in Teaneck, N.J., and spent the first 15 summers of his life on Lake St. Catherine in Poultney, during which time he grew to love Vermont. Chuck attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., majoring in History, where he met and married Rebecca Ware, the...

WILLIAM LAUNAY TAYLOR
BATH, Maine — William Launay Taylor, 77, passed away on April 26, 2021, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. He was born on Jan. 4, 1944, in Portland, Maine, a son of William Dee and Mary (Robinson) Taylor. Bill was a 1961 graduate of Montpelier High School in Vermont. He then graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, the next day he was designated a U. S. Navy Ensign and proceeded to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. On June 22, 1967, he returned to Vermont to marry his wife, Betty Lathrop of...

TAYLOR CHRISTIAN WOODWARD
BRANDON — Taylor Christian Woodward, 27, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Taylor was born in Middlebury on Dec. 22, 1993. He grew up in Brandon, where he graduated from Otter Valley Union High School. Taylor loved hunting and fishing. Showing his latest catch to his niece and nephews gave him great joy. Spending time in nature brought Taylor peace.  He is survived by his parents David and Stacie Woodward of Brandon, sister Rachel Woodward of Pittsford (Kelley), brother Jon Gallagher of Brandon, sister Beth Quenneville of Brandon (...

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