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BRANDON — In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2019, Karen Anne Rouse, daughter of Richard and Lucy Rouse went to be another of Gods Angels. She was such a gentle soul, loved people and the whole world around her. She loved the simple things in life, and her family was very dear to her. She was an L.N.A. for over 13 years. She drove a school bus for more than 20 years. She graduated from Johnson State College, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and was working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Most recently she was a para educator at Middlebury Union Middle School. She...

EAST DOVER — Richard E. Smith (known to many as Rik, Dick Smith or “Poor”), a resident of Locust Heights, East Dover, Vt., passed at the young age of 71, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at the Southwestern VT Medical Center in Bennington. At his side was his loving wife Marylou, their children and many grandchildren. Rik was born in New Haven, Conn., on June 14, 1948, to the late Frank and Marie Smith of East Dover, Vt. At the age of five, his family moved to the Mt. Snow area where they owned and ran The Alp-Hof ski lodge. He was influenced by Vermont’s beauty and developed a passion for skiing, a...
SANFORD, Maine — Theresa A. Lahue, 88, of Sanford passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough, Maine, after a short illness. She was born on March 11, 1931, in Bristol, Vt., a daughter of the late Benjamin V. and Melinda (Provoncha) Cousino. She grew up in Monkton, Vt., and went to schools in Monkton and Bristol. At the age of 16, she left home to seek employment. She moved to Middlebury, Vt., and worked at a number of jobs, including kitchen staff at Middlebury College. During that time she met Maurice Lahue, who was attending college there after he...

STARKSBORO — On August 10, 2019, Karin Ann Caldwell passed after living with lung cancer for a year and a half. She had beautiful strong strides, positive therapies and months that came to a quiet standstill. Every day she braved this extremely difficult territory with faith and courage. Karin was born in Indiana, PA on November 30, 1952 to Helen Pike and Drexell Caldwell. She attended high school in Indiana, and studied Health and Phys. Ed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the early ’70s she moved to Vermont and became part of the Touchstone community in Starksboro. Days were spent...

MIDDLEBURY — Joseph Henry Larocque, father, brother and friend, passed away on Aug. 20, 2019, from injuries sustained in an unfortunate vehicle accident in Cornwall, Vt. Joe was born in Middlebury on Nov. 10, 1951, and was a lifelong resident of Addison County. He is survived by his son Casey Larocque and daughter Julie Larocque Baker; three grandchildren, Jade, Sophie and Vance Larocque; his sister Sandra Larocque Savoie and brother Richard Larocque. Joe had a large and very loved extended family including Bill Baker, April Smith, Chaz Wheelock, and countless family and friends that he was...

BRIDPORT — Shirley M. Plouffe, 80, of Bridport, passed peacefully into the arms of her savior, surrounded by her loving family, Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2019. She was born on Feb. 19, 1939, in Sudbury, Vt., to Leo and Yvette (Larocque) Desforges. She grew up on the family farm and was a fashionista who caught the eye of an equally sharp dresser, Aldee Plouffe. They were married on June 6, 1959. They purchased the family farm in Bridport in 1961. She was a mother and homemaker to six rambunctious children while working the farm for 28 years. After they sold the farm, she became a home health...

ORWELL — Richard Kimball Eitelman, 90, of Orwell died Saturday evening, August 24, 2019, at his residence. He was born on March 7, 1929, in Schenectady, N.Y., the son of Kenneth and Pauline (Wendalawski) Eitelman. Mr. Eitelman relocated to Orwell in 1957 where he owned and operated a dairy farm and riding stable for many years. He also owned and operated Dick’s and Glenda’s Beverages in Vergennes until 1990. He married Barbara Nolan on March 7, 1989. Mr. Eitelman was a member of the Vermont Trappers Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Lake Champlain Walleye Association. He...
RUTLAND — A celebration of life for Lee D. Jones, who died May 15, 2019, will take place on Friday, Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Southside, 170 South Main Street, Rutland, VT.  

BEDFORD, Mass. — Helen Lathrop Brooks, of Bedford, Mass., formerly of Lincoln, Mass., and Cambridge, Mass., died at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford on Aug. 17, 2019, at the age of 101, five days short of her 102nd birthday. She was the wife of the late Harvard University Professor Harvey Brooks. She was born in Fall River, Mass., on Aug. 22, 1917, the daughter of the late Francis Owen Lathrop, Sr. and Alice (Gordon) Lathrop. Helen received an A.B. from Smith College in 1939 and was employed by Harvard University from 1940 until 1945, first as a secretary at Harvard Law School and later as...

ALBANY, N.Y. — Danny A. Strong, born in Shoreham, Vt. on Nov. 5, 1950, passed away at the VA Hospital in Albany, N.Y. on June 23, 2019 Danny served in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne 2nd Battalion 17th Cavalry Delta troop as a paratrooper and scout. He served in Viet Nam from 1968-1970 and was a survivor of the battle for Hamburger Hill. He was predeceased by both parents Robert C and Aureola (Howe) Strong. He leaves behind his Daughter Cristie Chilcote and Husband Frank of Essex, Vt., a brother Randy Strong and wife Pam of Shoreham, Vt., a sister Carol (Strong) Birkett of Winchester, Ky.,...


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