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MIDDLEBURY — Frances “Kathy” Severance, 82, formerly of Weybridge, passed away March 20 at Porter Hospital. Kathy grew up in West Rutland and owned “Kalico Kitten Ceramics” in Fair Haven for a time. She had a passion for crafts and her many beloved cats. She was a member of the Weybridge Congregational Church. She is survived by her former husband, Ralph Severence of Bennington; brothers Edward Drop of Acton, Mass., and Thaddeus Drop of Castleton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her other siblings, a favorite niece, and special friend Kelly James. Burial...

MARY RINGER ESSEX
FERRISBURGH — On March 25, 2021, Mary Ringer Essex passed away at home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 63. Mary was born to Frederick and Lucille (Patrie) Ringer Sr. on May 12, 1957, in Burlington, Vt. She blessed her family on Mother’s Day as the first girl born after four boys. She attended Vergennes Union High School, graduating in 1975. While in school, Mary participated in softball, field hockey, cheerleading, gymnastics, and swimming. Mary worked various jobs throughout her life. She worked at Simmonds in Vergennes. She also worked as a caregiver...

JERE URBAN
MONKTON — Jere Urban, 70, passed away due to pancreatic cancer on March 15, 2021, on the hillside in Monkton where he and his wife Robin Shalline, his love of 45 years, built their own home, raised a family, and cultivated a beautiful life together. In front of him was the fireplace his friend Phil had built; behind him were the Adirondacks, the first place he felt home, and a place that would call him back for adventures throughout his life. Surrounding him were his dear loved ones. Jere grew up outside of New York City with two older sisters, Alix and Xenia, and their adventurous parents,...

BETSY A. (TRUDEAU) BRADLEY
SALISBURY — Betsy A. (Trudeau) Bradley 59, died Saturday, March 13, following a short illness. She was born July 14, 1961, in Great Barrington, Mass., the daughter of Charles and Esther (Hill) Trudeau. Betsy enjoyed doing crafts and spending time with her family and friends. She had a green thumb and enjoyed tending to her house plants and her garden. Betsy had a soft spot in her heart for cats and would take in any stray that came her way. Betsy is survived by her two sons, Jason and Bijah (Bear) Bradley of Salisbury, Vt. She is also survived by her sisters: Tolitha Hankey of Sheffield, Mass...

LUCILLE DANYOW EVARTS
WALTHAM — Lucille Danyow Evarts passed from this world to the next on March 18, 2021. She died peacefully at her home, surrounded by family. Lucille (a.k.a. Aunt Tootie to her nieces and nephews, and Lucy to a special few) was born to Evelyn (née Smith) and Orville Danyow Sr. on July 5, 1941. She was many things in her almost 80 years on this planet: valedictorian of the Vergennes High School class of ‘59, DAR Good Citizenship Award recipient, 4H leader, Champlain College graduate, Waltham town official, school board member/chairperson, and so much more. She was also the love of her husband...

DANIEL PAUL FLEMING
WEYBRIDGE — Daniel Paul Fleming passed away on March 6, 2021, at the age of 66. He was surrounded by his loving friends and family at his home in Weybridge, Vt. He was born Feb. 3, 1955, at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph, Vt., to parents Donald W. and Elloe F. Fleming of Hancock, Vt. Danny was a resident at Brandon Training School from age 6 to young adulthood. He later was mainstreamed to a group home in Middlebury. Vt. From there he transferred to an apartment program in Bristol, Vt., where he resided for many years. While there he made many friends. Three years ago Danny became a...

MIRIAM HARDY
MIDDLEBURY — Miriam Hardy lived a life that touched so many others. As a mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, caseworker, and tireless volunteer in church and community, her influence has been incalculable. She has added in countless ways to the goodness of the world. Mimi Hardy died on March 18, 2021 at Shard Villa in Salisbury, Vt. Mimi was born Miriam Ann Smith on June 28, 1936, in Mineola, N.Y., the youngest child of Robert L. Smith Sr. and Miriam (Fradenburgh) Smith and little sister to brothers Bob and Bill. She grew up in the shadow of World War II, in which both her brothers served,...

WILFRED “PETE” PAUL LAPETE
NEW HAVEN — With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, brother, businessman and friend.  Wilfred “Pete” Paul LaPete, 77, passed on Friday, March 19, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born Sept. 29, 1943 in Glover, Vt., the son of Ernest and Isabelle LaPete, and graduated from Otter Valley Union High School. Pete married Yvette Booska on June 11, 1966, at St. Peter’s, Vergennes.  He was recruited into the Army weeks after his marriage and deployed to Vietnam. He worked at Burlington Drug Company and was a John Hancock representative before...
FRANKLIN, Vt./ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Larry (Lawrence B.) Myott, age 77, of Franklin, Vt., and Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at his Florida home after a difficult and extended illness. He was born on March 1, 1944, the son of Lawrence and Cecile (Brown) Myott. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1962 and from the University of Vermont in 1968, after a break in his undergraduate studies to serve two years in Nigeria, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. He later earned his master’s degree. After graduation, he became a teacher of agriculture and science at...

NELSON “NELLY” B. SEVERANCE
ALBURGH — Nelson “Nelly” B. Severance Jr., 65, died March 18, 2021, at the McClure Miller House. Nelson was born Oct. 7, 1955, in Middlebury, the son of Nelson B. Sr. and Jacqueline (Bodette) Severance. He was also raised and went to school in Middlebury. In 1974 he enlisted in the United States Navy, until a brain injury left him unable to serve. Nelson was married to Diane (Bettis) Severance from 1987 to 2001. They married in Bristol, and later lived in Morrisville. Together they had two children, Michelle and Christopher, whom he loved dearly. Christopher and wife Casey would later give...

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