Obituaries


MARIE SHORTSLEEVE
06/10/2020
FERRISBURGH — Marie Shortsleeve passed from this earth peacefully and gracefully on Thursday, June 4. Her daughters, along with the loving staff of Ringers Home Care, were by her side. Marie passed at 98 (and 1\2) years young after living a very long and fulfilling life. She was born in Ferrisburgh on Dec. 26, 1921, to George and Stella (LaFlam) Langeway. Marie attended UVM, where she earned her teaching certificate and taught in several one-room schoolhouses in Ferrisburgh. She married her only true love, Russell, on Aug. 21, 1943. With the birth of her first child she became a full-time...
06/10/2020
BRIDPORT — Tony Curtis Stiffler, age 63, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. Tony was born May 15, 1957, in Bedford, Pa. He was the son of Paul and Agnes (Hite) Stiffler. He has been a Vermont resident since 1979, moving here from Bedford. He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Lackard) Stiffler of Leicester, whom he married May 24, 1986. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

KENNETH A. VAN HAZINGA
06/10/2020
SHOREHAM — Kenneth Andrew Van Hazinga, 68, died peacefully at his home on Friday, June 5, 2020. Ken was born on April 2, 1952, in Fitchburg, Mass., to Andrew A. and Amy V. (Wartiainen) Van Hazinga. He grew up with his two brothers and one sister on Brookside Farm, the family dairy farm in Westminster, Mass. He graduated from Oakmont Regional High School in 1970, where he showed his independent spirit by wearing a holey t-shirt and ragged jeans under his graduation robe. He did not take the scholarly approach, but impressed several teachers with his intelligence and knowledge. He attended the...

ERNEST L. BENOIT
06/04/2020
NORTH FERRISBURGH — Ernest L. Benoit, 74, of North Ferrisburgh, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020, unexpectedly, at home. Ernest was born Dec. 28, 1945, at home on the family farm in North Ferrisburgh. He was the son of Leo and Laurette (Brault) Benoit. After completing 8th Grade Ernest stayed home to work on the family farm. In 1963 he met the love of his life, Marie (Gordon) while they worked at Kennedy Brothers together. Ernest and Marie were married on Jan. 9, 1965. He then joined the Vermont Army National Guard, where he served from 1965-1970. The couple moved home to the family farm in...

BONNIE JEAN ROLEAU
06/03/2020
LINCOLN — Bonnie Jean Roleau, 61, passed peacefully after a brief illness on May 23, 2020, to be with the Lord and her mom. She was surrounded by her family. Bonnie was born in Patterson, N.J., on July 6, 1958. She grew up on a horse farm in Mahwah, N.J. The daughter of Roy and Ronnie (Hodge) Artsma, she is survived by William (Bill), her husband of 36 years; sons Ethan of Portland, Maine and Trent and wife Abby (Scholton) of Bristol, Vt.; sisters Judy McDonald of White River Junction, Vt., and Jamie Prouetto of Burlington, Vt.; 11 nieces and nephews, and four grandchildren (by Trent &...

KRATON JAMES CHALOUX
06/03/2020
BRISTOL — Kraton James Chaloux, 29, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on Sept. 15, 1990, in Burlington. His parents were father Scott Chaloux, mother Beth Champagne, and his other mother Christine Ryan. He enjoyed living life to the fullest and playing bingo with the old ladies. He is survived by his fiancée Amanda Smith, his siblings Akeitha, Kassandra, Chris, and Tyler, and a lot of extended family. Funeral services will be held at a later date. To send online condolences to his family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊
06/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Laura Duvall Chase died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., on May 17, 2020. Her brothers were with her for most of her final hours. Laura was born in Sanford, Fla., to Julia Gehan Chase and Randall Chase II. She grew up in Sanford and spent many happy summers in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod.  She attended school in Sanford through eighth grade, and attended high school in Richmond, Va., at St. Catherine’s School. She received an Associate degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, a Masters...

ELIZABETH BROOKS DENNETT
06/03/2020
NEEDHAM, Mass. — Elizabeth Brooks Dennett, 81, died of lymphoma cancer on May 26, 2020, at her home in Needham, Mass. The oldest child of William F. Brooks and Katherine (Ross) Brooks, Liz was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1939 and resided in Middlebury, Vt., during WWII with her mother and brother while her father served as a naval officer in the Pacific. With a passion for lifelong learning and a deep love of people, Liz graduated from St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, Va., where her mother was a math teacher. She matriculated at Smith College, graduating in 1960. After teaching...

SANDRA J. DRAGON
06/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Sandra J. Dragon passed away on May 25, 2020, at the age of 76, in her home in Middlebury, Vt. She was predeceased by her father Donald Desrocher and her mother Marion (Blaise) Desrocher; her husband Ellsworth Dragon; and daughter Jeannie Kehoe. She is survived by her children Donald and his wife Terry Welch and James and his wife Krystal Dragon; grandchildren Ashley and her husband Harold Jewel, Danielle Madison, Japheth Kehoe, and Aarin and her husband Justin Malzac; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Donald and his wife Ginny Desrocher, Judy and...

STEFAN KULCZYK
06/03/2020
RIPTON — Stefan Kulczyk, 93, died of natural causes Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at home with family. He was born on March 7, 1927, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and devoted father with five surviving children. He cherished his final years participating in Project Independence in Middlebury. He was known throughout his life for an appreciation of nature, personal kindness and generosity.◊

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