Francis E. Tatro
STARKSBORO — Francis E. Tatro, 69, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born May 28, 1950, in Burlington, the son of Lloyd and Barbara Larose Tatro. He was a member of Sons of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol and the Eagles Club in Vergennes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing pool and golf. Francis is survived by his wife Joanna; two daughters, Mona and Nicole and her husband Tom; two sons, Seth and his wife Amanda and Nate and his partner Melissa; six grandchildren, Evan, Dom, Abby, Natalie, Justin and Kaleigh;...
VERGENNES — May Small, formerly of Shoreham, passed away peacefully at Ringer’s Home Care in Vergennes, on Jan. 2, 2020, surrounded by loving family. For a full obituary of this remarkable woman, please visit A Memorial service will be scheduled for later this year.
MIDDLEBURY — Join us for a celebration of the life of Anita Duclos, who died Dec. 17, 2019, after a life well lived, on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2-4 p.m. at The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd., Middlebury.

FERRISBURGH — On December 18, 2019, Jesse Ray Beaver passed away suddenly after a long battle with addiction. He was born at his family’s home in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, on September 21, 1979, to his mother, Geraldine Mae Beaver, and his father, Raymond Russell Beaver, Jr. As a child Jesse was a blond-haired, blue-eyed, curious and energetic child who loved his family, the game of baseball and making others laugh. His family was loving and kind and Jesse was afforded a childhood of happiness and opportunity. He had an imagination for greatness, never wanting the status quo or to be common. As a...

BENSON — Lester “Les” W. Burleson Jr., 89 years young, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Les was born March 25, 1930 in Middletown, Conn., to Lester and Myrtle (Dunkleberger) Burleson. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School where he met his future wife, Jan MacLaren, who survives him. They were married for 68 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. They moved to Benson, Vt., in 1958 to farm. He has had numerous jobs throughout his life, but was most happy building and working with his hands. In his later life he spent his time repairing and caning chairs. This...
NEW HAVEN — Raymond W. Daniels, 77, passed away Friday Jan. 3, 2020, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Middlebury, the son of Ladd W. and Dorothy (Holcomb) Daniels. Ray was a graduate of Beeman Academy class of 1960. After graduation he enlisted with the Unites States Air Force. He is survived by his brothers, Richard Daniels (Nancy) and Robert Daniels, both of New Haven; by a nephew Chris Daniels (Sue) of Starksboro; and many friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing, Addison County Home Health and...

BRISTOL — Irene Mae Lawrence, 87 of Bristol, died at 3 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2020, at Porter Hospital. She was born Sept. 7, 1932, in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. to Jose (Joseph) H.F. Santos and Caroline F. Burgess Santos. Irene grew up on Martha’s Vineyard until she became of age. After leaving the island she moved to New Bedford, Mass., and started her  family. She had five children. Irene lived on Cape Cod until her family relocated to Vermont. She was a longtime resident of Bristol, Vt. She worked at the Kountry Kupboard and Main Street Diner for many years. Irene will be remembered by...

MIDDLEBURY — Kirsten McEdward passed away peacefully in her home in Middlebury, Vt., on Tuesday, Dec. 3, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old. Kirsten was born in Sonder Omme, Denmark, on Aug 9, 1939. Sonder Omme is a beautiful little Danish town in Jutland, not far from the North Sea. In October of 1960, Kirsten was living in Copenhagen completing a four-year pharmacy degree. On the day before her final exam, Kirsten took a stroll to the beautiful Gefion Fountain in Copenhagen, where she encountered a handsome pilot and decorated American war hero named Mac. Kirsten was just 21...

MIDDLEBURY — Frank Edwards Punderson Jr., 86, died peacefully on Jan. 3, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his immediate family. Frank was born in 1933 in Springfield, Mass., the youngest of three children, to Beulah Boden and Frank E. Punderson. He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Middlebury College in 1955. While at Middlebury, Frank was instrumental in establishing the men’s soccer team, was an avid skier and ski-jumper, played drums in a swing band and took flying lessons at the Middlebury airport. After graduation, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and flew the F9F-2...

PORT HENRY, N.Y. — Gary A. Scott, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at his residence in Port Henry, N.Y. He was born Sept. 12, 1947, in Addison, Vt., the son of William Joseph Scott Sr. and Alberta Charity (Martin) Tatro. Gary married Glenna Dorina Desautels on Dec. 7, 1968. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bowling and carpentry. Gary graduated from Vermont Technical College, worked at Emilo Building Supply, was employed as the farm manager for Hannaford Career Center for several years and later started G. Scott Construction and Sons. He is survived by his children; Russell Scott and...


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