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VIRGINIA ESTELLE BURGOYNE WOLF
LEICESTER — Virginia Estelle Burgoyne Wolf, a direct descendant of English General John Burgoyne, age 100, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. Mrs. Wolf was born in Jersey City, N.J., on October 9, 1920. She was the daughter of James L. and Helen (Quinn) Burgoyne. She grew up in Jersey City, where she received her education. She served during World War II, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Camp Crowder, Missouri. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry E. Wolf, in 1969. She then moved to Leicester to make her home, moving from Red Bank, N.J. Virginia was very...

GARY ALLEN “BUNJO” CLODGO
BRISTOL — Gary passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2021. He was born on January 29, 1958. He was 63. Gary loved to play his drums. He played his drums for anyone who wanted to listen. He loved fishing and hunting with his sons. He worked as a school bus driver for 10 years. Then he worked for the towns of Bristol and Monkton as a highway worker for 30 years He was a Bristol fireman. He was in the fire department for 24 years. He enjoyed being with his friends and saving lives. He retired from the highway department of Monkton on Oct. 1, 2019. He enjoyed his retirement. He loved his wife and...

JOYCE ANN WATTERS
BRANDON — Joyce Ann Watters, age 94, formerly of Brandon, Vt., passed away peacefully at Sun Terrace in Sun City Center, Fla., surrounded by the love of her family on Feb. 9, 2021. She was born in Hyde Park, Vt., on Oct. 30, 1926, to Norman and Mildred (Hooker) Black. She grew up in Hyde Park and graduated Salutatorian from Lamoille Central Academy in the class of 1943. She then attended the Fay Business School in Boston, Mass. Relocating to Brandon, she began working at the Ayrshire Breeders Assoc. It was there in Brandon where she met the love of her life Chester (Chet) Watters. They were...

WAYLAND A. BROWN
STARKSBORO — Wayland A. Brown Jr., 82, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021, at Memory Care at Allen Brook in Williston. He was born on April 11, 1938, in Burlington, the son of Wayland A. Brown Sr. and Leatha (Weston) Brown. Wayland is survived by four children, Diane Comi, Jeanne Bushey, Raymond Brown and Denise Jackson; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Fleming; and special friend Kathy Rhein. A funeral service will be at a later date. To send online condolences to his family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊

HARRIET NELSON EDSON
LEOMINSTER, Mass. — Harriet Nelson Edson was born in Middlebury, Vt., on May 6, 1932, and died at the age of 88 in Lancaster, Mass., on March 4, 2021, after having received a diagnosis of lung cancer. She was born in Middlebury, and raised in the small town of Salisbury. She was a Middlebury College Graduate with a B.A. in Sociology. She married and settled in Concord, Mass. to raise her family. She always had a love of music. She played the piano and was a member of the choir at numerous churches. She had a passion for giving back and was an active volunteer at Massachusetts Correction...

WILLIAM “BILL” FLEMING
BRANDON — With saddened hearts, we announce the passing of William “Bill” Fleming, age 72, on Friday, March 5, 2021, at his home in Brandon. Bill was born in Middlebury on July 20, 1948. He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence Fleming and Alice Hastings; and siblings Arlene Brown, Sonny Fleming, Betty Holcomb, Carolyn Tuller and Michael Fleming. He is survived by his loving wife, Darcie; his three daughters, Kimberly St. Martin (Haase), Dawn Fleming (Melvin Iron Shirt) and Tammy Fleming; grandchildren Katy, Kirsten, Shyanne, Draden, Elisa, Brittany, Drexler, Raelee, Ty, Tommy, Jayla, Kyle...

DOLORES “LOLITA” VESPERINAS HOUSER
MIDDLEBURY — With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved mother and grandmother, Dolores  Vesperinas Houser, 92, of The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury. She passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the arms of her family. Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1928, she was the youngest of six children. Lolita possessed a vibrant personality and enjoyed a successful career as a dancer in the theater. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1957, where she raised her three children and worked for many years in Washington, D.C., as an instructor of fitness and aerobics. Upon her retirement in 1993,...
MIDDLEBURY — Emily Taylor Andrews Leeds, of Middlebury, Vt., died peacefully on March 2, 2021, following a mercifully short battle with cancer. Emily loved being active outdoors and sharing her love of nature and animals. She was a ski instructor at Catamount, Otis Ridge and Butternut ski areas in Massachusetts; Keystone and Berthoud Pass ski areas in Colorado; and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Vermont. Emily spent more than 30 years helping new skiers find balance, confidence, and fun on the boards. For many years Emily shared her love of horses with new riders, giving horseback riding...

IRVING CHARLES MELENDY
JERUSALEM/SOUTH STARKSBORO — Irving Charles Melendy, 94, of Jerusalem (South Starksboro) passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021, after a Vermont life, well lived. Known to many as Lum, he was the son of Horace and Dorothy Melendy, born on July 7, 1926, in St. Johnsbury. He lived in Jeffersonville while his parents ran The Hotel Melendy (presently The Smuggler’s Notch Inn) until 1930. When his father, a motorcycle Border Patrolman, was transferred to South Burlington, Lum spent his early years outside fishing, hunting, and raising owls and pheasants. He became an excellent marksman and avid...

MARY (ARNOLD) PEABODY
BRISTOL — Mary (Arnold) Peabody, 83, was lifted to Heaven on Sunday, March 7, 2021, from EastView in Middlebury, Vt. Daughter of Elizabeth (Hamlin) Arnold and Philip E. Arnold, Mary was born on April 25, 1937, in Worcester, Mass. She grew up in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, graduated Jacksonville (Vt.) High School in 1955, matriculated at the University of Vermont, where she met her future husband, Jim Peabody, and graduated in 1959 with a B.S. in Home Economics. Mary and Jim were married on Sept. 5, 1959, in Jacksonville, settled first in Vergennes, Vt., and subsequently moved...

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