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VIRGINIA KENT (WITHERELL) CARPENTER
09/23/2020
BETHEL — Virginia Kent (Witherell) Carpenter, 79, passed Sept. 9, 2020, after putting up a good fight with several health issues for a number of years. Virginia (Ginny) Kent (Witherell) Carpenter was born March 30, 1941, in Rutland, VT to Helen Myrtie (Kent) Witherell and Sanford Stowell Witherell Sr. After school and a brief time in Boston (of which she always spokefondly) she came back to Vermont and met her future husband John E. Carpenter Sr. They married July 3, 1976. The next year they had their only child, Susan Amy Carpenter. She then became a full time mother. Virginia spent many...

ZACHARY JOHN HARDER
09/23/2020
AUGUSTA, Maine — Zachary Harder passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 18, 2020, while biking on an autumn day in Maine. He lived every day to its fullest, doing what he loved, and thus he died doing what he loved. He left us too soon, but was spared the heartache that we all now face in his absence. He lived a truly happy life. Born on Jan. 28, 1989, Zachary grew up and went to school in Middlebury, Vt. He spent his last years in Augusta, Maine. As a child, many summer days were spent fishing with his brother for “lunkers” in the Otter Creek, exploring in the woods, hunting for old bottles with...

DEBBIE JEAN PERYEA
09/23/2020
BURLINGTON — Debbie Jean Peryea, 61, passed away at her residence in Burlington. She was born Jan. 18, 1959, in Middlebury, to Harold and Jean Peryea. She received her education in Middlebury Debbie married Real Bergeron. She loved embroidery, cross-stitching and rug hooking. She loved Country music, watching TV and family reunions. Debbie was predeceased by her parents; Real Bergeron; Charles Alexander; brothers David and Tommy; and many other family members. She is survived by her sisters June Mitchell and Kathy Peryea of Middlebury; brother Raymond (MaryAnn) of Lincoln; two nieces, Julie...

JANICE L. RICH
09/23/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Janice Lorraine Rich of Weybridge, Vt., passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, following a long illness, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing. Born Janice Lorraine Lilly on Nov. 2, 1936, to Victor and Helen (Daniels) Lilly, Janice grew up in Orwell, Vt. Janice was predeceased by her beloved husband Leslie Howard Rich Sr. on Dec. 18, 2004. They were married in Orwell, Vt., on April 11, 1953, where they lived and raised their two sons before moving to Weybridge, Vt. in 1974. An avid gardener, bird watcher, and masterful seamstress, Jan could name every weed, flower, tree and native...

BETH FULLER-SIMONDS
09/15/2020
BRISTOL — Elizabeth Rae Simonds, born on July 18, 1960, and married to Derek Simonds, passed in her childhood home on Sept. 11, 2020. Beth sadly left behind two grandchildren whom she adored, Jaxson Ramone, 2, and Autumn Katherine, 8. Beth grew up on the Fuller Farm in Bristol, Vt. She married young and had her first child, Randy Russell. She spent some time traveling as her first husband was deployed to Guam for the Vietnam War. She returned to the family farm and remarried, having her second child Cassandra Fraser. Beth raised her children on the family farm and couldn’t have been more...
09/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Robert A. Norton, 96, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the Helen Porter Memory Unit. Bob was born in 1924 and was raised in Birmingham, Mich. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., and then attended Carleton College. While in college, he enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was transferred to active service in 1944. He served with the 9th Armored Division, 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion. He went ashore at Omaha Beach four months after D-Day and fought in the Ardennes and near Bastogne, Belgium. He was captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge...

BETSY K. THURBER
09/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Betsy K. Thurber, 95, left this lovely earth regretfully, but peacefully, at her home in Middlebury, on Sept. 10, 2020. Betty was born in Orleans, Vt., in 1925 to Archie and Lana Stevens Kipp. She spent most of her life, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont in 1947, in Middlebury, Vt., where she and her husband, Harris Thurber, taught at the College and raised their three children, Lyn, Bill, and Sara, with the help of a “village.” The Congregational Church nurtured them all, through baptisms, marriages and funerals, as well as provided many...

BARBARA J. CHAMBERLAIN
09/14/2020
SALISBURY — Barbara J. Chamberlain, loving wife of Erling W. Chamberlain, and mother of seven children, passed away in her sleep at home on Sept. 8, 2020, at the age of 87. Barbara was born in Queens Village, N.Y., on June 1, 1933, to Ernest and Pearl Blau. She was pre-deceased by her older brother, Ernest. Growing up in Queens Village, one of her favorite pastimes was playing ball with the neighborhood boys. As the only girl on the team, and the best short-stop in the neighborhood, Barbara sometimes found herself rushing through her piano practice to go play ball. Barbara graduated from...

SEWARD EDWIN EGGLESTON
09/14/2020
TIGARD, Ore. — Seward Edwin Eggleston, 93, died June 17, 2020. He was born at Shard Villa, at that time a nursing home for women, in Salisbury, Vt., on Nov. 30, 1926, where his parents, Burr and Lena Eggleston, were caretakers. He quit high school to join the Marine Corps in 1945, and served on the U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific Theatre and the occupation force in Japan. On the way back from service, he traveled through Oregon on the troop train and fell in love with the state. He vowed to live there someday. In 1947, he married the love of his life, Theresa Desautels, in Exeter, N.H., while...

CHESTER RAY HAWKINS
09/14/2020
FERRISBURGH — Chet Hawkins, 73, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on Aug. 17, 1947, in Burlington, the son of Witeman and Florence (Husk) Hawkins. He graduated from Vergennes High School in 1965 and married Connie Matot on Jan. 14, 1966. He worked at Simmonds Precision for many years and he also worked at Hawkins Garage. He had several Ferrisburgh Town positions and retired as Town Clerk. Chet received a reward and was honored by general assembly as a town clerk and treasurer for his 35 years of exemplary public...

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