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SALISBURY — Norman Ralph Lizotte, age 82, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Shard Villa in Salisbury. Norman was born in Georgia, Vt., on Feb. 6, 1938. He was the son of Albert and Viola (Rushford) Lizotte. As a young man he served in the Army National Guard. From 1967 to 1978, Norman lived with his with wife and two daughters in Pittsford, Vt., and began a working career with Singer Sewing Machines in Rutland. He worked both in sales and repair. At this time he also began a long and passionate career breeding, raising and showing Morgan Horses. In 1979, the family moved to a...

BARRE — John Scott Lynds, 56, passed away at UVM Medical Center on Oct. 24, 2020. He was born in Randolph, son of John and Lillian (Hadley) Lynds of Bridgewater. John attended the Bridgewater Village School and graduated from Woodstock Union High School. Johnny lived for many years in Chittenden and Addison counties working for Farrell Distributing and Denecker Chevrolet before moving to Barre in 2007. He married his wife Stacey in 2004 and was proud to become a father to Elyssa in 2012. Family and friends were the center of John’s world and everyone he met was welcomed. John will forever be...

“But the bears all barged in and they took [her] away.”   WAITSFIELD — Mariah Leahkim McGill, age 43, was tragically taken from her family in the late morning of Oct. 26, 2020, when she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in Waitsfield Village.  “There were never such devoted sisters.” Mariah came into this world, singing, in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 12, 1977. Born to Nancy Call McGill and Olin McGill, she ultimately became the dedicated eldest sister to Avery, Jubilee, Aili, and Karis. “Teach your children well … feed them on your dreams.” Mariah grew up in Middlebury, Vt., attending...

STARKSBORO — John Henry Rublee died on Oct. 28, 2020, at his home at the age of 80. He was born June 18, 1940, in Starksboro. He was the son of John H. Rublee, Sr. and Irene (Girard) Rublee. He worked his whole life on farms and more recently doing lawn maintenance. He took pride in his own lawn and flowers. John is survived by his brother Bruce (Terry) and sister Beverly; three nieces and two nephews; and good friend and neighbor Dan Bromley. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard and a nephew. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov 2, at Brown-McClay Funeral...
RUTLAND — Elizabeth Forguites passed away on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Forestdale, Vt. She was predeceased by her parents Carl Forguites and Gladys (Cook) Forguites and a sister Barbara (Forguites) Lee.  She is survived by a niece, Melinda (Lee) Mackissock of Brandon, Vt., and a nephew, Jeffery Lee of Leicester, Vt. She worked for the A&P grocery store for 37 years before her retirement.

RIPTON — Homer L. Jackson of Ripton died peacefully at home surrounded by his family Oct. 24, 2020, at the age of 77. He was born March 15, 1943, to Eunice Strayhus in Brandon. In 1965 he married Geraldine (Vassau) Jackson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Homer lived in Vermont and raised his family here. He started a career of truck driving for many years. Before his retirement he worked for Nop Brothers and Son Farm. He enjoyed being outside and spending time with his family, which he loved so much. He enjoyed listening to classic Country music and watching Westerns on TV. Nothing made him...

MIDDLESEX — Robin Lee Jones, 60, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Ferrisburgh. He was born in Worcester, Mass., on July 18, 1960, the son of Donald and Barbara (Lambert) Jones. Robin began work as a carpenter at age seventeen and has since built, renovated and repaired homes throughout his community. His deepest passion however, was for racing; first with a successful motocross career in his teens, which later turned to rally cars.  Robin is survived by his daughters, Casey and Payton Jones; former wife Catherine Jones; his father Donald Jones Sr. of Middlesex; siblings Donald Jones Jr...

MIDDLEBURY — Geraldine “Gerry” Myrick, 83, of Middlebury, passed away at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 23, 2020, after a long period of declining health. She was courageous and kept her sense of humor to the end. She was born Geraldine June White in 1937, the youngest of five children, to William H. and Isabelle Noble White of Middlebury. Gerry married her high school sweetheart, Duane, shortly after graduating from high school. She was a dedicated and beloved wife, mother and grandmother. For several years she served as the secretary for Rev. Wally Anderson,...

BRISTOL — Charlotte Elizabeth (Betty) Nelson passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2020. Betty was born to Ernest and Olive Raby in Massachusetts on Sept. 15, 1928. She met her future husband, Carl Nelson, while he was stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey. She moved to and married him in his hometown, Bristol, Vt. They raised three children, Peter, Neil and Carlene in Bristol. Charlotte was an active member of the Bristol Federated Methodist Church since her move to Vermont: She was always involved in the Sunday school, as a teacher and superintendent, and most church activities. She was a member...

MIDDLEBURY — Buck passed away peacefully on Oct. 23, 2020, surrounded by children and grandchildren. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 11, 1936, to Joseph P. Rogers, Sr. and Helen (Montgomery) Rogers. He moved to Middlebury, Vt., in 2007. Buck graduated from The Manlius School in 1954, Yale University in 1958 and Fordham University Law School in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant (JG) on the USS Edmonds and practicing as a Certified Public Account, he joined the law firm of Hawkins Delafield & Wood in 1969 as an associate. In 1977 he became a member of the firm. He...


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