PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Ray Repp, the celebrated singer-songwriter considered “the father of the guitar mass,” whose “Mass for Young Americans” sold millions of copies in the 1960s and ‘70s, died April 26, 2020, after battling both lymphoma and metastatic melanoma, the latter the cause of his death. He was 77.
His twelve albums of Christian folk music and concerts worldwide through the ‘70s and ‘80s gave rise to a following in the millions, primarily youth re-energized in their faith and commitment to promote social justice.
Raymond Robert Repp was born in St. Louis Sept. 17, 1942, to Walter...
VIVIAN ALICE CALL WESTON
BRISTOL — Vivian Alice Call Weston passed away at home in Bristol, Vt., on April 21. She was predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Helen Call and two brothers, Frederick and Douglas Call. Her brother William Call, married to Vivian’s college classmate and pal Peggy, survives her and lives in North Carolina.
Vivian is survived by her husband, Kenneth Weston. Their 60th anniversary is in May; they were married in 1960 in Colrain, Mass. Vivian and Ken raised six children in Bristol: Craig Weston and wife Pat of Lyndonville; Sarah Weston Corporon and husband Steve of Ketchikan, Alaska with...
ZITA ELIZABETH RILEY
CORNWALL/MIDDLEBURY — Zita Elizabeth Riley, age 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 19, 2020, at Shard Villa in Salisbury.
Mrs. Riley was born in Cornwall on June 22, 1921. She was the daughter of Loyal and Anna (Ringey) Towle. She grew up in Cornwall, where she received her early education. On June 11, 1944, she married Gerald Riley in Cornwall. They made their home in Cornwall, where she raised her family. Mr. Riley predeceased her April 29, 1987.
Zita was known for always being in the kitchen, feeding whoever walked in her door. She worked cooking for the hired help on the family farm...
ROBERT C. BARROWS
VERGENNES — The world lost a beautiful and kind soul with the unexpected passing of Robert (Bob) Barrows at his home on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Bob was born to Charles and Marguerite (Daniels) Barrows on Dec. 7, 1925, in Vergennes, at the home of his grandparents, Capts. Mitchell and Helen Daniels, owners of the Daniels’ Steamboat Line. He was always very proud of the fact that his great-grandmother, Capt. Philomene Daniels, was known as the first licensed female steamboat pilot operator and that his grandmother, Helen, also piloted and eventually ran a coal business on her own at a time when...
PANTON — David Franklin Bitler, 81, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
He was born on May 10, 1938, in Lawrence, Mass., the son of Harold and Ruth Bitler. David was a member of American Legion Post 14. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He loved history and watching sports. David enjoyed traveling with his family and visiting historical sites, such as Gettysburg and the Football Hall of Fame. He had many hobbies — hunting, fishing, and camping — but especially enjoyed being with family and friends.
David is survived by his...
BRUCE EDWARD COBB
LINCOLN — Bruce Edward Cobb went home to his Lord, after many struggles on this earth.
He is predeceased by both parents, and leaves behind many family members and friends. We will remember him for all that was good.
To send online condolences to his family visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com.◊
TIMOTHY WARD SIMPSON
RIPTON — Timothy Ward Simpson, 69, died Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Ripton, Vt. Tim ultimately chose his own time and place to die amidst the backdrop of this rapidly shifting world that has caused many of us to lose our sense of purpose.
He was born March 6, 1951, the son of Earle and Lena Simpson of Rochester, Vt.
Raised on the family farm, Tim attended school in Rochester and graduated in 1969. He then attended Johnson State College before transferring to the University of Vermont where he graduated in 1975.
Tim taught industrial arts (shop) at Rochester High School for many years. He...
YVONNE THERESA KENNEDY CARR
BRANDON — Yvonne Theresa Kennedy Carr, age 92, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Yvonne was born May 11, 1927, to Marion (Barrett) and J. Hayden Kennedy in Rutland, Vt. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1945 and began working at Central Vermont Public Service. On May 10, 1948, Yvonne married Marcus A. Carr Jr. and moved to Brandon in 1953, where she has lived ever since.
Yvonne also worked at Ayrshire Breeders in Brandon, the Brandon Training School as an Aide in the Dorms, a Switchboard Operator, and a Nurse’s Aide in the Infirmary. She retired in 1980, but later worked...
ANNE ELIOT MOULTON
BRANDON — Anne Eliot Moulton, age 74, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020, surrounded by her family, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay, Shelburne, Vt.
Mrs. Moulton was born in Ithaca, N.Y., on Oct. 22, 1945, to John and Alice (Sullivan) Eliot. She grew up in Milford, Conn., where she received her early education and graduated from Milford High School, class of 1963. She furthered her education at the University of Vermont, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Math and met her future husband, H. John Moulton. She...
MARY S. BURNS
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Mary S. Burns of South Burlington passed away peacefully at her home on April 13, 2020, at the young age of 95.
She was born on August 27, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pa., then raised in Liege, Belgium. She endured the years during WWII, where she met her love of her life, Chauncey E. Burns, who was serving in the U.S. Army. They were married in 1945 and Mary soon started her life as an “overseas wife” in Burlington, Vt.
Mary was a avid gardener/swimmer and she loved teaching her granddaughters, Samantha and Stephanie to swim. She was a seamstress and taught many her skills. She...