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LELAND “TERRY” CUNNINGHAM
03/16/2020
MONKTON — Leland “Terry” Cunningham, 76, died on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at his home in Monkton. He was born Feb. 18, 1944, the son of Robert Cunningham and Ruth McCleneghan Cunningham, in Pasadena, Calif. He and his wife Robin were married June 10, 1967, in Pasadena. Terry was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Los Angeles Police department. Terry’s career as a police officer offered many stories to his friends and family. He retired as a lieutenant and went on to found the leadership training program for the California Peace Officer Standard and Training. He will be remembered as...

DONALD SKINNER BICKNELL, M.D.
03/12/2020
VERGENNES — The celebration of life for Donald Skinner Bicknell, M.D., at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the summer. Dr. Bicknell passed away on March 2, 2020.
03/12/2020
STARKSBORO — Louise “Billie” Bergholm of Starksboro passed away on Feb. 20, 2020, at 11:15 a.m., surrounded by her family.  For a complete obituary visit gregorycremation.com.

ANDRE GAGNON
03/12/2020
BRISTOL — Andre Gagnon, 66, died unexpectedly on March 8, 2020. Andre was born June 3, 1953, in Middlebury. He was the son of Lionel and Barbara Rheaume Gagnon. Andre was a mechanic with JR’s Rubbish. Andre was a hard worker with a zest for life. He was predeceased by his parents; sister Anita Norris; and a brother, Raymond Gagnon. He is survived by his brother David Gagnon of New Haven; brother-in-law William Norris of Moriah, N.Y.; and three sisters, Suzanne Gagnon of Middlebury, Sara and Richard Butler of Meshoppen, Pa., and Lisa and Jim Tatro of Hinesburg; several nieces, nephews; and...

CONNIE HAMEL
03/12/2020
LYNDONVILLE — Constance “Connie” Carol (Kimball) Hamel of Lyndonville passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2020, with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Middlebury, Vt. She was the youngest of six children and grew up helping with her family’s dairy farm. In 1966 she graduated from Middlebury Union High School and began working as a secretary at Middlebury College. In 1968 she married Lawrence “Larry” Hamel of Coventry, Vt. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018. Her pride and joy was being a mom. She loved being with and taking care of her family, gardening,...

LORAYNE (LORI) ANN LATTRELL
03/12/2020
BRISTOL — Lorayne (Lori) Ann Lattrell 78, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday March 7, 2020. Laurie was born on Jan. 29, 1942, in Rutland, Vt., to Walter and Elizabeth Starling. She graduated in 1959 from Middlebury Union High School. She met her loving husband of 57 years, Donald Lattrell Sr., in 1959 and they wed on July 28, 1962. Together, they had three children: Donald Jr., Jeffrey and wife Pam, and Kristen and husband Matt White. She also had nine grandchildren: Elizabeth, Chelsey, Donald III, Kylie, Jeremy, Nathan, Kyle, Brandon and Jesse and their significant others. She was...

MARIAN SANTOS
03/12/2020
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Marian (Ramos Usher) Santos, 74, passed away at home with her children by her side on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. She was born April 11, 1945, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., to Alice and Mario Ramos. Marian was a life-long educator in Vermont, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College and Master’s in Education from the University of Vermont. She taught elementary school in Addison and Vergennes and was a principal at Rutland and Middlebury elementary schools. She is survived by her children Matthew Usher, Blythe Usher, Electra Usher Peckham, son-...

DONALD SKINNER BICKNELL, M.D.
03/09/2020
FERRISBURGH — Donald Skinner Bicknell, M.D., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020, while surrounded by his loving family. Don was born on Aug. 16, 1935, at home in Jeffersonville. He was the son of George and Rachel Skinner Bicknell. Don graduated from Richford High School in 1953, where his father was a teaching principal who taught him math, physics and chemistry. While attending and graduating from UVM undergraduate school in 1957, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity and the Key and Serpent Honorary Society. He graduated from UVM College of Medicine in 1961, where he was...
03/09/2020
ORANGE CITY, Fla. – Rupert I. Billings, 86, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2020, at AdventHealth Hospice at Fish Memorial in Orange City, Fla. He was born Nov. 10, 1933, in New Haven, Vt., the son of the late Fredrick and Rita (Whittemore) Billings. After twenty-nine years of employment at Standard Register in Middlebury, he moved to Orange City. He enjoyed the warmth of Florida, watching car races, visiting with friends, and sitting outside in his yard, where he derived pleasure from his flowers and watching the birds and squirrels. He was predeceased by his sister, Lois...

ANN WAITE BIELAWSKI
03/05/2020
SHELBURNE — Ann Waite Bielawski passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2020, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vt. Ann was born at home in Middlebury, Vt., on June 4, 1933, the daughter of Willis Hathorne Waite and Bertha Kelly Waite. She grew up in Middlebury and was a graduate of Middlebury Graded School, now known as Twilight Hall; Middlebury High School, which was recently demolished to make room for the Middlebury expansion; Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, in Hanover, N.H., where she qualified for R.N.; and Saint Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine,...

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