Obituaries


RICHARD “DICK” JAMES PAGE
02/06/2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard “Dick” James Page, husband of Marie Burke Page, passed away peacefully in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in his 76th year. The son of Robert and Julia (Weaver) Page, Dick was born in Lynn, Mass., and raised with his sister and two brothers in Bristol, Vt. Dick is mourned by wife Marie. Dick is predeceased by his daughter Theresa Hancock and mourned by her surviving husband Andrew Hancock with their children Heather, Hunter, and Sara. Dick is survived by son Richard Page Jr. with his children Trey, Garrett, and Chelsea. Dick is also survived by son Shane...

CLAIRE ELEANOR RIVERS
02/06/2020
VERGENNES — Claire Eleanor Rivers, 73, of Vergennes died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at EastView at Middlebury. She was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Ferrisburgh to Bertha (Briggs) and James Rivers. A life-long Addison County resident, Claire worked at Simmonds Precision, Pete Hansen Plumbing & Heating, and B.F. Goodrich. She is survived by her stepson William Hansen and his wife Genevieve Hansen of Roxbury, Vt., and brother Jim Rivers of Florida and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her twin sister Margaret Stanton and her sister Mary Benoit. A memorial service will be held...

LEA R. SNEIDER
02/06/2020
NEW YORK CITY — Lea Ruth Sneider, 94, passed away peacefully at her home on the West Side of Manhattan, in the company of her husband Rutherford Poats and her daughter, Dena. Born in 1925 in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of Samuel and Deborah Tartalsky. While studying music and philosophy at the University of Michigan, Lea met Richard Sneider, then an officer in the U.S. Army being trained as a Japanese language officer. They were married in the midst of World War II, in 1944, before he went off to combat in the Pacific. He joined the State Department in 1948, going on to a...
02/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The celebration of life for Kevin Draper, 65, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, from 4-7 p.m., at the American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd., Middlebury.  A full obituary will follow at a later time.  
01/30/2020
LINCOLN — Martha L. Atkins, 75, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at her home with her loving family around her. She was born in Colchester, Vt., to Ralph and Ruby (Naylor) Prouty on Oct. 23, 1944. Martha is survived by her son Walter I. Atkins Jr., his significant other Karen Cox and a daughter Julie Atkins of Winooski. Chase and Caleb Atkins of Lincoln were her pride and joy as grandchildren, idolized by their grandmother. Dixie, (her dog as she would say), will also miss her dearly, along with her treats. Martha is also survived by three brothers; Richard Prouty and his...

WAYNE E. BARROWS
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — Wayne E. Barrows, 74, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 18, 1945, in East Middlebury, the son of Rex and Vera Manning Barrows. He was a member of Vermont Tractor Pullers, Odd Fellows, and Assembly of God Christian Center. He loved working at his son’s lawncare business and gardening. His hobbies were playing cards, fishing, tractor pulling, running the scale at Field Days and being president of the activity committee at his nursing home. His infectious laugh will be missed. Wayne...

VIOLA R. BEDELL
01/30/2020
BRISTOL — Viola R. Bedell, 82, of Bristol, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. She was born Oct. 21, 1937, in Burlington, the daughter of James and Ruth Martin Brown. She was predeceased by her husband Ellis Bedell in 2002. Viola is survived by seven children; Peggy, Paul, Penny, Phillip, Pernell, Patsy and Patrick; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister Shirley; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. In lieu of flowers contributions...
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Michael Bennett Carson died on January 23, 2020. In the words of a Monty Python sketch that never ceased to make him chuckle: “He has passed on. He has ceased to be. He is no more. He has expired and gone to meet his maker. He has run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.” He was 75 years old. Michael was born in Middletown, N.Y., on Nov. 11, 1944. As he would be eager to tell you (even from beyond the grave) Michael was an army brat, and went to seventy-three different schools in twelve years while his father served in the military. His young life was marked by...

ANDREA JACKMAN HALNON
01/30/2020
BRISTOL — Andrea Jackman Halnon, 66, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, after a year-long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her adoring family. Andrea was born Aug. 12, 1953, to Glenn and Barbara Jackman and grew up in Bristol, where she graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 1971. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Plymouth State College in 1975 and received her master’s from the University of Vermont in 1982. She married her husband Steve in 1983, and they raised their two children in Lincoln. Andrea had an accomplished career as a public school teacher...

SANDRA LOUISE MICHLER IMES
01/30/2020
BURLINGTON — Sandra Louise Michler Imes, 68, passed away January 21, 2020 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sandy was born June 27, 1951, in Easton, Pa., to Robert Wilson Michler and Louise Virginia Adams. She graduated from Millersville State College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Education. Sandy was married to Richard Imes in 1984. They settled in Monkton, Vt., where they raised their two daughters. Sandy and Rick were married for 24 years until their separation in 2010, after which they continued to be close friends. An adventurous and independent spirit, Sandy tried her hand...

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