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BERLIN — Bradley S. Fortier, 62, of Berlin, Vt., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 20, surrounded by family at Porter Medical Center. He was the best friend and devoted husband of 39 years to Shirley Fifield Fortier, the loving father of Dr. Jessica Fortier Shepard (Ted), and “Pappy” to the lights of his life, granddaughters Elizabeth “Libby,” Josephine “Josie,” and Charlotte “Charlie.” He was born in Barre, Vt., on July 18, 1957, to Maurice and Dottie Fortier. He attended Spaulding High School in Barre and graduated from Champlain College in 1980 with an Associate Degree in Business....

FERRISBURGH — Linda Charlotte Hawkins, born Oct. 11, 1944, in Burlington to Chester and Dorothy (White) Hawkins, passed on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Burlington. She was 75. Linda lived her whole life on her family homestead, on Hawkins Road, in Ferrisburgh. They even named a bay in the lake in their honor. Her love for animals was unconditional, from the very first time she brought home a kitten from the barn. It only grew from there, to her extreme fondness of horses of which our family has had many, and still have two to entertain. It doesn’t stop there. She took much comfort in her...

BRISTOL — Betty Grace Kaszuba died at home on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, after a long battle with the side effects of a medication that affected her lungs. She was born on April 20, 1931, to William and Caroline (Knapp) Blanchard and lived in Pownal for her formative years at home on Valley Brook Poultry Farm, the largest breeder hatchery in Vermont, run by her father. She loved doing chores with her father and had many tales to tell about her early years. She went on to nursing school in California but came home to Vermont and worked at Rutland Hospital and various Rutland nursing homes from...
LEESBURG, Fla. — Joyce J. Masterson Reynolds, 74, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. She was born May 12, 1945, in Lincoln, Vt., to Stewart and Ivis Masterson. During her teenage years Joyce was active in the youth fellowship of the Lincoln United Church. She was a graduate of the Bristol High School Class of 1963. She had a long career at Merchants Bank. In retirement she worked at the Christmas Tree Shop in Williston, her “fun” job. After living in Williston for years, Joyce and her husband moved to Leesburg, Fla., while spending summers at Malletts Bay in Colchester, Vt. She is survived by her...

PITTSFORD — Mrs. Cecile L “Ceil” Tetreault-Booth, 94, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2020, after a long illness. She was born in Acushnet, Mass., the daughter of Hervey Paquette and Cora Gingras on Nov. 29, 1925. She graduated from Watertown (Mass.) High School in 1944. She attended the School of Practical Art in Boston. Prior to her marriage, she was a dental laboratory technician in Boston and a telephone operator in Cornwall, Vt. She married Yvon N. Tetreault in Middlebury (St. Mary’s) on May 29, 1948. She and her husband had dairy farms in Addison and New Haven, Vt. She and Yvon were...

DUBLIN, Ireland — Jeffery (Jeff) Earl Dunshee, 73, of Orwell, Vt., and Dublin, Ireland, husband of Sharen McCabe, passed away peacefully after a short illness at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Born July 16, 1946, in Terryville, Conn., to Erwin and Helen Dunshee, Jeff resided in Connecticut until 2002, when he moved to Dublin, Ireland, while also remaining a resident of Vermont, where he had purchased his farm in Orwell in 1978. A true citizen of the world, Jeff visited more than 70 countries in his lifetime, making friends wherever he traveled. No...

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Eugenio Bonano-Fuentes passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2020, at the age of 81, after a brave battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 13, 1938, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, son of Gabriel and Ines (Fuentes) Bonano. Eugenio began his military career by enlisting in the Puerto Rico National Guard in 1954. He married his high school sweetheart and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958. His 24-year military career included a tour of duty as an artilleryman with the 9th ID in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Eugenio was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Unit),...

BILLINGS, Mont. — With deep sadness we announce the death of Alan Serafin on Jan. 30, 2020, at the age of 49. Alan died tragically after crashing his truck near his home in Billings, Mont. Born April 22, 1970, to David and Linda Serafin in Burlington, Vt., Alan was the third of four children — little brother to both Deborah and David Jr., and big brother to Gail. Alan attended Bristol schools through sophomore year, at which time he became a member of the Middlebury Union High School graduating class of 1988. Alan enjoyed soccer, football and lacrosse team sports but much preferred a solitary...

MIDDLEBURY — Mrs. Frances Johnson Warren, age 89, died Friday, Feb. 14, at EastView at Middlebury, Middlebury, Vt. Frances was born Aug. 9, 1930, to RB Johnson and Myrtle Dewar Johnson in Chalybeate Springs, N.C. She graduated from LaFayette High School in Kipling, N.C., and earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of North Carolina.  While at the University, Frances worked as a technician at the School of Dentistry from 1953 to 1955. Marriage to Dr. William A. Leach in 1955 resulted in Frances moving to Springfield, Vt.  There she loved (and excelled at) raising...

MIDDLEBURY — Robert Whitman, a long-time resident of Middlebury, Vt., and late of St. Albans, Vt., died on Feb. 14, 2020. He was born on Oct. 23, 1928, in Middlebury to Leon and Bertha Whitman. He was a graduate of Middlebury High School in the class of 1947. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Janice Myrick, in 1949. He was employed by Simmonds Precision Products in Vergennes for over forty years. After retirement Bob enjoyed 20 years working in the Athletics Department at Middlebury College. Robert was a life-long participant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury and a member of...


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