LINCOLN — Lego-boy, Muffin Man, lover of Monarch butterflies, adventurer, friend, nephew, cousin, uncle, brother, son… We mourn your passing with sad and heavy hearts. Jared Buker, 45, of Lincoln, was the type of travel agent that all travelers dream of working with. Not only would he design the perfect trip for his clients, but he would also include many personal details and suggestions because more often than not he had already visited those places. Over his 26-year career as a travel agent, he worked for many travel agencies around the United States, as well as a being a home-based agent...

WEST ADDISON — Raymond P. Giroux, 70, of West Addison, Vt., passed away on July 24, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury after a long battle with heart disease with his loving wife of 45 years, Francine Giroux, and son Bryan Giroux by his side. He was born on Sept. 13, 1949, in Burlington, Vt., to the late Ernie and Theresa (Dubois) Giroux of Hinesburg, Vt. Raymond attended Champlain Valley Union High School, graduating in 1967, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1971 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He played on the UVM varsity soccer team. Raymond was a master carpenter and...

SHOREHAM — Howard J. Jerome Sr., 85, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 at his home in Shoreham. He was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Panton, the son of Howard Lee Jerome Sr. and Marceline (Blake) Jerome. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, a drive by the lake or ocean, gardening, dirt track racing and watching wildlife out his window. Howard is survived by seven children, Melody Wolcott, Marlou Packer, Lyman Jerome, Lucas Jerome, Peeley Jerome, Priscilla Latreille and Howard J. Jerome Jr.; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three sisters, Ruth, Rita and Winnie; and several nieces and nephews. He was...

SALISBURY — Michael Joseph Lepore-Capek-Piper, age 33, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020, at his home in Salisbury. Michael was born in Middlebury on Sept. 22, 1986. He grew up in Forest Dale, where he received his early education at Neshobe Elementary School. He moved with his family to Salisbury and was a member of the Middlebury Union High School class of 2004. Following his education, he has worked in the restaurant business, as a prep cook for Applebee’s, McDonalds and more recently Green Pepper’s. He enjoyed playing video games, hiking and campfires with family and friends. His...

RUTLAND — Joshua Shayne Cave Vicenzi, 43, of Rutland died April 17, 2020. He was born Feb. 23, 1977, the son of John Vicenzi Sr. and Michelle Moss. Family said they loved and cherished him dearly. They described him as a kind-hearted soul who would give the shirt off his back to help you. He is survived by his mother, Michelle Moss; siblings Misty Small, John Vicenzi Jr., Amanda Phinney, Jacob Vicenzi, Nicola Vicenzi, Stacey Moss, Shyla Wolfinger and James Ardman Jr.; lots of nieces and nephews; and several cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his father, John Vicenzi Sr. A...

BRISTOL — June Bernardine Stehr Daubner, known to everyone as Bunny, passed in her home on July 14, 2020, at the age of 89, 47 years to the day after her mother’s death. She was surrounded by family, laughter, music and love. She was born to Joseph and Bernardine Stehr in Jersey City, N.J., on June 18, 1931. The youngest of eight siblings, she came out smiling, listening and questioning everything all at once. Her spirit started with love and an unwavering commitment to the people around her. Her innate sense of moral responsibility had her plotting to stop Hitler when she was just 10 years...
BRISTOL — Lonnie LaFlam, 66, of Wildwood, Fla., and Bristol Vt., left his earthly body on Friday July 3, 2020, in a boating accident. Lonnie was born April 8, 1954 in Middebury, Vt., to Darrel and Patricia LaFlam (Charron). He attended schools in Middlebury, New Haven and Bristol. After school he joined the Army where he served in Korea. Upon discharge he worked as a lineman before becoming a truck driver.  He loved driving truck with his little Dakota by his side watching the scenery go by. Lonnie retired around 2018 after surviving a serious accident. Lonnie loved his 1998 Dodge truck and...

BRISTOL — Richard E. Merrill Jr. of Bristol, Vt., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Friday, July 17, 2020, after a long illness. He was born in Henniker, N.H., Nov. 7, 1938. Dick was a First-Class Boy Scout and graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H., Class of 1957. He served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1956 to 1963. Dick was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft located in East Hartford, Conn., for thirty-eight years. He was raised to Sublime Master Mason in 1987 in Manchester Lodge 73, Manchester, Conn. He was a...

STARKSBORO — Jennifer Sherwood Turner, 66, died peacefully on July 8 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vt. Her husband Robert was at her side. Jennifer was born in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., to the late Priscilla (Janeway) Sherwood and Thomas Sherwood. Whether sailing the bay or digging sea worms for fishing from the dinghy, outdoors was where she played. She graduated high school early and attended Simons Rock, where she earned an associates degree, but, perhaps as importantly, there she was able to fully engage her artistic side with drawing, painting, sculpture and...
MIDDLEBURY — Robert “Buster” G. Weller, 90, died Sunday July 19, 2020, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehab Center in Middlebury. A complete obituary will follow in a future edition the paper.


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