Obituaries


CATHARINE BEVIN SMITH
12/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Catharine Bevin Smith (Kay), 94, of Middlebury, died at home on Nov. 30, 2019, after a short illness, with her family by her side. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 5, 1925, the daughter of Allen Williams and Catharine (Wheeler) Bevin. Kay moved to Long Island in 1933, graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City in 1943, and from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1947, with a B.A. in English. That summer, she married Dutton Smith who had just served four years in the Navy, and the couple moved to Middlebury, Vt., where her husband completed his...

JAMES GARY WISNOWSKI
12/05/2019
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Jim Wisnowski, 62, of East Middlebury Vt., passed after a long battle with cancer on Dec. 1, 2019, in the home he built, with family by his side. Jim was a strong, gentle soul. As soon as you met Jim, you knew you had an instant friend. Kampersville was his life, with woodworking a close second. Jim was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and Ohio State University, where he studied Equine Management. After college, Jim returned to Middlebury to join the family businesses. Jim was very successful in horse racing, where he spent long hours with his grandfather training...

ROGER JOHN MASON
12/02/2019
SHOREHAM — Roger John Mason, born Oct. 12, 1949, died in the early hours of Nov. 28, 2019, at his home in Shoreham, Vt., surrounded by family. Roger, a native of Pawlet, Vt., and son of William and Betty (Baker) Mason, attended Granville High School, where he was well known for his athletic prowess. Shortly after graduation, Roger married his high school sweetheart Kathy (Burch) Mason. The two moved to their farm in Shoreham where they raised their three children. After Roger left farming, he went to work at Killington Ski Area, where was affectionately known as “Farmer.” Working here along...

KEITH RAYMOND AYERS
11/27/2019
BRISTOL — Keith Ayers passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Nov. 21, 2019, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loving family. Keith was from Bristol, Vt., born to parents Maude O’Dea (Fortune) and Frank Mott. Keith now joins his wife Maureen in heaven, together at last. Keith is survived by his three daughters Anne (David Findlay), Kathleen and Lorretta (Kevin Balch). He was the beloved grandfather to Stephanie, Kenneth, Jessica, Dylan, Taylor and Noah, and loved great-grandfather to Tyler, Brooklyn, Alexis, Olivia, Heath, Chase and Violet. Keith is also survived by his sisters Myona...

ELISSE HALLOCK GEBO
11/27/2019
FERRISBURGH — Heaven gained another angel as Elisse left her earthly home unexpectedly on Friday evening, Nov. 22. She was born on Nov. 15, 1938, in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of Kenneth and Clara (Purinton) Hallock, a true farmer’s daughter. Elisse dedicated her life to her family. She married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence (Larry) Gebo on July 1, 1957. Together they raised their three children L.Mark, Lorri and Lissa, along with Kieran Kilbride, Linley Power, Nick Thomann, and Jacques Parenty. The term “mother” doesn’t end there as she also had a generous hand in raising nephews,...

JEREMY MYERS
11/27/2019
ORWELL — Jeremy Myers, 32, of Orwell, Vt., died unexpectedly Nov. 21, 2019. Those who really knew Jeremy will always remember him as being a loving, gentle soul with nothing but a kind heart. If you only took Jeremy at face value, you missed the joy of really knowing the interesting intellect he possessed and the true goodness in his heart. His love of dogs was infectious as was witnessed in his love for his own Dozer and Jasmine. He enjoyed the challenge of the game of golf, spending time tinkering with computers, playing his guitar, finding laughter in funny videos and playing video games....

ADELE M. PHINNEY
11/27/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The extended final chapter of Adele Marshall Phinney’s life story ended on Nov. 22, 2019, just 12 days before her 100th birthday.  She died peacefully at home under the care of her family. Dele was born at Camp Jackson in Columbia, S.C., on Dec. 4, 1919, to Dr. Bertram and Frances Marshall and spent her formative years in New Brighton, Pa. She attended Wooster College in Ohio and Middlebury College, where she met her husband of 64 years, George “Dud” Phinney. Although she was blessed with only one hand at birth, she led a full and active life. She was a competitive diver as a...
11/25/2019
ADDISON — Gail M Gevry peacefully left this world on Nov. 19, 2019, surrounded by her devoted family. She was born on Aug. 27, 1941, to Neil and Elsie Mitchell and she built a life in Vermont with the love of her life, Rheal Gevry Sr. On Aug. 30, 1958, they married and began their loving family. Every day he left her a love note written on a paper plate. They all began with the words, “My Baby Girl,” and ended with “Teedum Man” (her nickname for him) The family laughed and cried as they read through these special mementos. Gail was an avid collector and loved going to garage sales searching...
11/25/2019
BRISTOL — Norman E. Thompson, 80, of Bristol, passed away on Nov. 20, 2019, at his home in Bristol due to kidney failure. He was predeceased by his wife Betty Thompson, and two sons, Michael Thompson and Norman Thompson Jr. He is survived by his three daughters, Norma Corse and husband Garth Corse, Kathy Forbes and husband Tony Forbes and Melissa Thompson and significant other Shawn Ambrose; son Richard Thompson; brother Martin Thompson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and family friend Monica Lussier. For a full obituary go to the Stephen C. Gregory Funeral...

BARBARA J. FITZPATRICK
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Barbara J. Fitzpatrick, 92, of Middlebury, passed away peacefully at home on November 15, 2019. She was born in the Block House at Hands Cove, Shoreham, Vt., on Aug. 14, 1927, daughter of Victor and Rose (Lucia) Shackett. Graduating Benson High School as the only member of her senior class, she then attended Green Mountain College in Poultney. During World War II she assembled ammunition boxes while working at a sawmill near Lake Bomoseen. On New Year’s Eve, 1948, Barbara married Paul R. Fitzpatrick. Together they had five children, however their house was always open and filled...

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