Obituaries


THOMAS J. FRANKOVIC, SR.
08/08/2019
ADDISON — Thomas J. Frankovic Sr. passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born April 5, 1944, in Passaic, N.J. to Nell (Potoczak) and Joseph A. Frankovic. He graduated from Wayne High School in 1962, served as a corpsman in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1965 and was a police officer for 25 years with the Township of Wayne, N.J. Police Department, where he founded the K-9 corps with his own German Shepherd. In retirement he volunteered as a foster grandparent through RSVP. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by daughter JoAnn (Kevin) Knox of...
08/08/2019
RIPTON — The graveside committal service and burial, for Freeman Todd, age 93, who died May 5, 2018, in Mountain Home, Ark., will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m., at Cook Cemetery in Ripton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.  
08/08/2019
SALISBURY — A memorial service will be held for Spencer Wright, who died May 14, 2019, on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m., at the family cottage on Leisure Lane, Lake Dunmore. The road is next to the Branbury Beach entrance and anyone interested in attending can follow the signs leading to the site. The service will be held rain or shine. For more info contact Gary Wright at 413-782-7871.

ROBERT B. BINGHAM
08/01/2019
CORNWALL — Robert B. Bingham 89, died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington after a brief illness. He was born in Cornwall Oct. 22, 1929, the son of Albert R. and Carrie I. (Boardman) Bingham. Bob was a graduate of Middlebury High School class of 1947. He married Marolyn Brooks on June 16, 1951. Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and an associate member of the Cornwall Congregational Church, the Small City Steppers of Vergennes and the Green Mountain Boys 4-H and co-leader with Marolyn of the Cornwall Calf and Conservation 4-H. Bob will...

Barbara Marie (Tuttle) Forrest
08/01/2019
BRANDON — Barbara Marie (Tuttle) Forrest, age 81, passed away unexpectedly in Wildwood, Fla., July 5, 2019. Born in Meriden, Conn., on Jan. 30, 1938, daughter of Alfred and Alice (Garrand) Dubois. She was married to the father of her children, the late Kenneth e. Tuttle, and in 1987 married the love of her life, Harry Forrest. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Sheryl Kimball (Marcel), Donna Forrest (Harold), and Cathy Bird (Chris), seven grandchildren: Heather Gagnon, Wendy Christenson, Jerimi Forrest, Samantha Gilmore, Ashlee Bird, Michael Forrest and Heidi Forest; seven...

WALTER RICHARD “DICK” CALHOUN
08/01/2019
MIDDLEBURY —  Walter Richard “Dick” Calhoun died July 27, 2019, at Helen Porter Healthcare at the age of 92. He was born in Middlebury, the son Walter and Evelyn (Muldoon) Calhoun. Walter attended Middlebury Public Schools, and 8th grade at St. Mary’s School, the first graduating class in 1940. After his first two years of high school in Middlebury Walter left Vermont to attend seminary college, first in Maryland and then in Ottawa, Canada. He returned to Vermont and did graduate studies in Classical Studies from the University of Vermont. Walter served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, during...

KATHLEEN JUNE GONZALEZ
08/01/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Kathleen June Gonzalez, age 62, passed away, peacefully on Friday evening, July 26, 2019, at Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Kathy was born in Middlebury on January 12, 1957. She was the daughter of Narciso and Barbara (Casey) Gonzalez. She grew up in Middlebury and went through the local school system, graduating from Middlebury Union High School, class of 1975. In her earlier years she worked as a waitress at the Middlebury Inn. Kathy loved children and helping others. She spent many years volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader during her daughter’s...
08/01/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Michael Hollander passed away quietly in his home from cancer at about midnight Friday, July 26, 2019. He was born in Massachusetts on Feb. 21, 1956. Mike was a 27-year resident of Middlebury. He spent 30 years in the military in various capacities, and also had a long career as an automotive technician at several dealerships. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his son Nathaniel; four brothers:  David, Bruce, Richard and Alan;  and many other family members and friends. He also left many church family members at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes where he attended services....

Beverly “Bev” J. (Abair) Norton
08/01/2019
VERGENNES — Beverly “Bev” J. (Abair) Norton, 74, of Vergennes, passed away at UVM Medical Center on July 29, 2019, following a brief illness. Bev was born in Middlebury, Vt., to Beatrice (Lebeau) and Albert Abair. She had one older sibling Marguerite “Maggie”. Bev was a graduate of the VUHS Class of 1962. She married Roger A. Norton on March 16, 1963, with whom she recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and she enjoyed monthly luncheons with her cousins. Bev dearly loved her family and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bev...

Elizabeth B. Eaton
07/29/2019
NEW HAVEN — Elizabeth (Betty) Agnes Bibik Eaton, born on May 27, 1924, died in the early morning of July 24, 2019, with family by her side at the Helen Porter Nursing home in Middlebury, Vt. Betty was the daughter of two immigrants. Her father, William Bibik of what is now Belarus, was involuntarily conscripted into the Tzarist Russian Army when he was 12 years old. He escaped around the beginning of the 20th Century and landed in the U.S. via a peripatetic route through Europe and Canada, crossing many borders illegally. Betty’s mother Rose Janiec Bibik immigrated from the Austro-Hungarian...

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