Elizabeth B. Eaton
NEW HAVEN — Elizabeth (Betty) Agnes Bibik Eaton, born on May 27, 1924, died in the early morning of July 24, 2019, with family by her side at the Helen Porter Nursing home in Middlebury, Vt.
Betty was the daughter of two immigrants. Her father, William Bibik of what is now Belarus, was involuntarily conscripted into the Tzarist Russian Army when he was 12 years old. He escaped around the beginning of the 20th Century and landed in the U.S. via a peripatetic route through Europe and Canada, crossing many borders illegally. Betty’s mother Rose Janiec Bibik immigrated from the Austro-Hungarian...
Thomas Marimon Johnson
ADDISON — Thomas Marimon Johnson died of natural causes on July 17, 2019. He was born on Feb. 22, 1922, in Camden, N.Y., the son of Russel S. Johnson and Frances Chapman Smith. He served in the US Army Air Corp from 1942-1946 before graduating from Middlebury College in 1948 and earning an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1956.
For 41 years, he taught English in Ticonderoga and Goshen, N.Y., Vergennes, Vt., and at UVM. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dr. Pegram Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ella Laura Lamont, grandson Peter Egolf (Pennsylvania),...
Neil Douglas Metcalf
ADDISON — Neil Douglas Metcalf, age 69, of Addison, died July 24, 2019 unexpectedly at the UVM Medical Center.
He was born on Oct. 13, 1949, in Westfield, Mass., the son of Frederick Benjamin Metcalf and Doris Elizabeth (Henderson) Metcalf.
After graduating high school, Neil enlisted into the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a plumber by trade, employed by Dundon Plumbing and Heating of Orwell, and Middlebury College. He was a member of Mount Independence Lodge 10 F & A.M. of Orwell and also a member of the Cairo Shriner’s. He was also a member of the Middlebury...
Russ Lewis Reilly
NEW HAVEN — Russell Lewis Reilly passed away peacefully in his home in New Haven, Vt., surrounded by his family on July 24, 2019, just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
Russ was born in Cohasset, Mass., on July 27, 1944. He was the consummate “big brother” to his five younger siblings. He grew up in the greater Boston area. His family owned the Buck Printing Company, which was located just behind Fenway Park. Russ spent many of his younger summers sneaking into Fenway to watch ballgames and so began his life-long love of the Red Sox. In his later years, a favorite pastime was sharing...
Sylas Anthony Malek Williams
BRISTOL — With great sorrow we announce the passing of Sylas Anthony Malek Williams (Thompson), age 5, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at home with his family by his side after a long battle with his health.
Sylas was born on May 8, 2014 in Burlington, Vt. Sylas went by many nicknames: Sy, Monkey, and bug. Sy enjoyed the simple things in life; he loved to play with his toys especially his singing bunny rabbit. He loved it so much he had a spare just incase. He could cuddle and listen to your stories all day if you let him. He was a fan of the Blues and Classic Rock; he would sit in his room for...
BRISTOL – Sylas Anthony Malek Williams, 5, of Bristol passed way on Sunday, July 21, after years of health problems as a result of a birth defect. He was the son of Megan Thompson.
A full obituary, with details on a memorial service, will appear in the Independent next week.
WEYBRIDGE/NEW HAVEN —– Lorraine Wickland-Combes passed peacefully from this mortal coil on July 13, 2019. Born December 7, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. as the eighth of nine children to arrive into the close-knit family of Alfred Olof and Mathilda (Carlson) Larson, she grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. Some of the happiest days of her youth were spent at the little summer cottage the family built at nearby Cedar Lake, Ind. After graduating from high school and secretarial school, she began a long career as a secretary in various real estate, law, and medical offices...
JAMES M. HOLDEN
MIDDLEBURY — James Morris Holden, Sr., 90, of Middlebury, died at the Residence of Otter Creek on July 17, 2019, in the presence of his family. Jim was born in Proctor, Vt., on Jan. 22, 1929, the son of Morris James and Lucy Genevieve (Robinson) Holden.
Jim grew up on the family farm in Pittsford, Vt., and graduated from the Pittsford High School. After high school he attended and graduated from Randolph Agricultural School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1953.
Jim married Janet Mary Carr of...
RAY A. MORGAN
MIDDLEBURY — Ray A. Morgan, age 83, of Middlebury, VT passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on July 21, 2019.
He graduated from Beeman Academy in 1953 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as a Sergeant in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in Oct. 1956.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 27 for 63 years and a member of the VFW. Ray had a 38-year career at Polymers in Middlebury. In retirement, Ray enjoyed car swapping for all local car dealerships.
In recent years Ray enjoyed his home, soaking in his hot tub and maintaining his yard. He also spent...
WILLISTON — Born in Middlebury, Oct. 9, 1934, Nancy Mackenzie Witherell Hunt, daughter of Stuart and Jessie Witherell, passed away on June 12, 2019. She enjoyed a rewarding life as a nurse, mom, wife, crafter and active member of her Congregational Church. She is survived by sons Ronald and Scott Hunt and families and sisters Susan Julian and Sarah Hildebrand.
Funeral service Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Essex Junction. Burial service, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 256 Ranney Rd, Stockbridge. Gathering will follow, Stockbridge Meeting House.
In lieu of flowers...