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VERGENNES — Roger William Hayes, 75 of Vergennes, died peacefully on Aug. 10, 2019, at the McClure-Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester, with family. Roger was born on Dec. 14, 1943, during a big winter snowstorm in Burlington, to William Alfred Hayes and Andree‘ Beaudin Hayes during WWII and did not get to meet his Dad until he was three years old. He grew up in Burlington, attending school at St. Anthony’s, Rice Memorial Class of 1961 and St. Michael’s College Class of 1965. After graduation he married Susan Shepard on Aug. 28, 1965, and would have 53 years of a wonderful life. He began...
RUTLAND — Patrick J. Prior, 60, formerly of Middlebury, died unexpectedly at his residence in Rutland. He was born Sept. 26, 1958, in Park Forest, Ill., the son of Robert and Nancy (Hayes) Prior. Patrick was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School class of 1977. He enlisted with the United States Army and served for four years and was honorably discharged. Patrick worked as a computer repair technician. Survivors are his siblings David R. Prior (Joanne) of Vergennes and Deborah Anderson of St. Albans; his nephew David R. Prior Jr., of Middlebury; his nieces, Amy Piasecki (Joe) of Bristol,...

WEYBRIDGE — Marie J. Whealton, 83, of Weybridge, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Helen Porter Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Marie was born Aug. 12, 1935, and lived in Baltimore, Md., for most of her life. In 2004, after the passing of Warren, her husband of 46 years, Marie moved to Weybridge. While in Baltimore Marie was very active and a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 148 in Essex, Md., and she worked the kitchen for every event. She loved to cook, bake and sew. While living in Weybridge, Marie was an avid participant at Project Independence and enjoyed her...

BRISTOL — William Joseph Morrissey — Billy, 66, of Bristol passed away on July 21, 2019 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. Bill was recently diagnosed with cancer and sadly was not able to be treated. He died on his own page, surrounded with much love and support from family. We will miss him dearly. Bill was born in Kenosha, Wis., on Dec. 6, 1952. He was the son of Mary Caroline Morrissey and James Arthur Morrissey. He was the 9th of 14 children and the uncle to 29 nieces and nephews. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, Godfather and friend. He was raised in Wisconsin, Ohio...

CLINTON, Miss. — James Lowell O’Daniel, 50, of Clinton, Miss., died tragically Aug. 3, 2019, from injuries he received after being struck by a vehicle during the 12th annual Bikes, Blues & Bayous Bike Ride in Greenwood, Miss. Born Feb. 18, 1969, in Cambridge, Mass., Dr. O’Daniel graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1986. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1990 from Cornell University and his Masters and Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1998. He joined the U.S. Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center the same year as a Research Structural Engineer where...

MONKTON — Ronald W. Beeman, age 73, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Helen Porter Nursing Home. Ron was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y. on July 10, 1946. He was the son of Walter and Freida (Jabot) Beeman. He grew up in Orwell, Vt., where he received his early education. He worked as a supervisor at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes, Vt., for his first career position. He then worked in landscaping both in Vermont and Florida for many years. He retired from his last position as electronics technician at Senix Corporation in Hinesburg, Vt. On Sept. 28, 2000, he married Patricia A. (Misha) Gluck. They...

RUTLAND — Bernard E. Brown, 88, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Aug. 2, 2019, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1931, in Middlebury, the son of Edward Joseph Brown and Dorothy (Tatro) Brown. He attended school in Bristol before being sworn into the Army and proudly serving in the Korean War as part of the 187th Airborne Division. Bernard married Jo-Ann Emilo on Sept. 8, 1962. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. He was a tradesman throughout his life having worked for Polymer’s Plastic and lastly for Alderman’s Chevy in Rutland. Bernard was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic...

ADDISON — Thomas J. Frankovic Sr. passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born April 5, 1944, in Passaic, N.J. to Nell (Potoczak) and Joseph A. Frankovic. He graduated from Wayne High School in 1962, served as a corpsman in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1965 and was a police officer for 25 years with the Township of Wayne, N.J. Police Department, where he founded the K-9 corps with his own German Shepherd. In retirement he volunteered as a foster grandparent through RSVP. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by daughter JoAnn (Kevin) Knox of...
RIPTON — The graveside committal service and burial, for Freeman Todd, age 93, who died May 5, 2018, in Mountain Home, Ark., will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m., at Cook Cemetery in Ripton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.  
SALISBURY — A memorial service will be held for Spencer Wright, who died May 14, 2019, on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m., at the family cottage on Leisure Lane, Lake Dunmore. The road is next to the Branbury Beach entrance and anyone interested in attending can follow the signs leading to the site. The service will be held rain or shine. For more info contact Gary Wright at 413-782-7871.


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