Obituaries


ROBERT DIAL PEISCH
06/18/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Robert Dial Peisch passed away the morning of June 10, 2020, in Middlebury, Vt., at the age of 70, from complications from Parkinson’s and heart disease. Bob was born in Burlington, Vt., and was the third of eight children of Mary Virginia and Francis Robert Peisch. He attended Burlington High School and despite the fact he was below average size, he was a standout in football on both offense and defense for the Burlington High School Seahorses, class of 1968. Later in life Bob also completed the Boston Marathon in 2 hours and 58 minutes. Bob attended Tufts University and...

BARBARA M. PLANTE
06/18/2020
BRIDPORT — Barbara “Elvira” (McLean) Plante, 73, of Bridport, wife of Leo H. Plante of 53 years, passed peacefully June 11, 2020, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1946, in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of the late Robert and Marie McLean. Barbara is survived by her husband Leo; by her children, Leo and wife Melissa Plante and Rayne Plante, of Bridport; by her grandchild, Austin Billings; and by her brother David McLean and wife Ann. She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers Robert McLean and Mike Kinch and by her sister Margaret Keeling. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions...

EDGAR (BEAVER) TRUDEAU
06/18/2020
NEW HAVEN — Edgar (Beaver) Trudeau, 88, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. He was born on May 5, 1932, in Weybridge, the son of Ernest and Eva (Mumblo) Trudeau. He was a farmer, heavy equipment operator and the owner of Beaver’s Cab. He enjoyed dancing, gardening, birdwatching, spending time with his family, and talking to everyone and embracing their friendship. He was predeceased by his wife, Darlene (Holcomb) Trudeau; his son, Christopher Trudeau; and his brothers and sister. Beaver is survived by five children: Tamara Alday, Cheyanne Warner, Matthew...

SHERI BESSETTE SMITH
06/12/2020
VERGENNES - Sheri Smith (Bessette) passed away on June 11, 2020, surrounded by love and support. Sheri was the last of four children, born to Dwight and Susan (Washburn) Bessette Jr. on Sept. 24, 1972. She grew up in Panton with her parents and siblings and graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1990. Sheri was an incredibly hard-working woman, and was a dedicated employee at many local businesses. She began working at Monkton Central School as a paraprofessional aide in 2004 and worked there until 2017, when she resigned due to illness. Sheri was a passionate, generous, loving and...

REBA JEANNETTE DEALE
06/10/2020
GREER, S.C. — Reba Jeannette Deale, 77, died on June 4, 2020 in Greer, S.C. She was born March 8, 1943, in Babylon, N.Y. to Walter Batten and Reba Udall. She married William H. Deale on Aug. 4, 1962. Jeannette worked as a real estate agent. She volunteered for hospital fundraising, boating clubs and P.E.O., a women’s advancement organization. She is survived by her sons, William James Deale and spouse Gwen Tanner of Southport, N.C., and Walter Blair Deale and spouse Deborah Deale of Charlotte, Vt.; and a grandson, Owen Deale of Charlotte, Vt. She was predeceased by her parents and, in 2010,...
06/10/2020
BRIDPORT — Brian D. Forbes, 72, passed away Sunday, June 7, at home surrounded by his family. Brian was born March 14, 1948, to Elbert and Dora (O’Brien) Forbes in Middlebury, where he was raised. He shared a special bond with his twin brother Barry (Pete) Forbes and enjoyed retelling stories of their adventures and mischief making. He graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1966 and shortly thereafter joined the Vermont Army National Guard 131st Engineers Company. On August 17, 1968, he married his sweetheart and lifelong best friend Linda Sunderland. He was deployed with 131st...
06/10/2020
RICHMOND, Va. — On May 22, 2020, Susan Carolyn Ferno Heath, formerly of Waltham,  passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. She was born on Dec. 25, 1940, the daughter of Herbert and Violet (Williamson) Ferno. She is survived by her sister, Deborah Fielder Fysh and her husband Charles Fysh. She was predeceased by her sister Sandra Ferno Lanctot. To all who knew her, she was loved, respected and adored — a kind, warm, beautiful spirit who embraced life with gusto. Her world revolved around her family and friends. She married the love of her life, Wayne Joseph Heath in 1959. Together...

SCOTT ANDREW PIPER
06/10/2020
BURLINGTON — Scott Andrew Piper, 63, passed away May 29 unexpectedly. Scott graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1975. He worked at UVM Medical Center and retired at the age of 58. Martial arts were a passion and he achieved a second degree brown belt in Chinese Kempo and Jujitsu. He spent many summers at Lake Dunmore in his restored Air Stream camper. Off-roading in his much-loved 1985 Jeep CJ-7 was another life-long hobby. A backyard mechanic, he completely rebuilt it over the years. Late in life he became a successful online day trader. He was predeceased by his father, Paul...

MARIE SHORTSLEEVE
06/10/2020
FERRISBURGH — Marie Shortsleeve passed from this earth peacefully and gracefully on Thursday, June 4. Her daughters, along with the loving staff of Ringers Home Care, were by her side. Marie passed at 98 (and 1\2) years young after living a very long and fulfilling life. She was born in Ferrisburgh on Dec. 26, 1921, to George and Stella (LaFlam) Langeway. Marie attended UVM, where she earned her teaching certificate and taught in several one-room schoolhouses in Ferrisburgh. She married her only true love, Russell, on Aug. 21, 1943. With the birth of her first child she became a full-time...
06/10/2020
BRIDPORT — Tony Curtis Stiffler, age 63, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. Tony was born May 15, 1957, in Bedford, Pa. He was the son of Paul and Agnes (Hite) Stiffler. He has been a Vermont resident since 1979, moving here from Bedford. He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Lackard) Stiffler of Leicester, whom he married May 24, 1986. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

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