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KATHLEEN N. SHANGRAW
HUNTINGTON — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen N. Shangraw, 83, of Huntington, Vt., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester. She was born May 22, 1937 in Barre, Vt., to Frank and Dallis (Van Deusen) Noble. Kathleen graduated from Shelburne High School in 1956 and married Burton H. Shangraw Jr. on Sept. 1 of that same year in Burlington, Vt. They were married 64 years and made many happy memories together. Over the years Kathleen worked in the kitchens of Burlington High School and Fletcher Allen Hospital as a baker. She was very...

WRIGHT STOWE
NEW HAVEN — Wright Stowe, 96, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Bristol. He was born on March 10, 1924, the son of Robert and Hallie Stowe. He was born and brought up on a farm on Sawyer Road and attended Beeman Academy. After marrying Helena (Hamner) they bought one farm on East Street and in the 1960’s the family also purchased the Ned Wheeler Farm also on East Street. He was a farmer all of his life. He loved to dance. He was a 4-H Leader for many years and a member of New Haven Congregational Church. He was predeceased by his wife Helena, his parents and a sister Barbara Stowe. He is...

FRANCES ANN (WISELL) SULLIVAN
PANTON — Frances Ann (Wisell) Sullivan, 78 of Panton, passed away peacefully at Helen Porter Health and Rehab in Middlebury, Vt., on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. “Ann” was born on July 25, 1942, in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of Dr. George P. and Mrs. Frances M. (McAuliffe) Wisell. She attended schools in Vergennes, and was a proud member of the first graduating class at Vergennes Union High School (VUHS) in 1960, where she was voted most popular and most versatile. She also was named DAR Good Citizen. It is no surprise to anyone that these accolades so early in her life would truly define her...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hester Irene (Lawrence) Cook went home to our Lord and Savior on Feb. 18, 2021. She was born April 16, 1927, in Charlotte, Vt., and grew up on a dairy farm on Monkton Ridge. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and began working as a housekeeper at various resorts in Arizona, California, Wyoming and New York. Hester spent nine winter seasons at Castle Hot Springs resort near Wickenburg, Ariz., in the late 1940s and early ’50s, where she met her husband William Cook. They were married in Quartzsite, Ariz. in Oct. 1948 and made their home in Phoenix, Ariz. Hester...

LEO VIENS
MIDDLEBURY — Leo Viens of Middlebury, born in Swanton, Vt., to Arthur and Louisia (Laroche) Viens, passed away peaceably in the presence of his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Annie (Many) Viens, along with his daughter Karen Alcorn of Rutland, Vt., and his son and wife, Charles and Barbara Viens of Hudson, N.H. He was predeceased by his father and mother along with a son, Thomas Viens. Leo came from a large family of fourteen brothers and sisters. All of the siblings grew up working the family farm in Swanton. He is survived by sisters Laurette Demers of New Haven, Conn.; Sue...

MARY JANE CHURCHILL WING
LEICESTER — Mary Jane Churchill Wing, 94, passed gracefully on Feb. 13, 2021, surrounded by family at her beloved Lake Dunmore. She was born May 5, 1926, in Proctor, Vt., to Winnifred Locke and A. Hawley Churchill of Brandon, Vt. She grew up in Brandon on a self-sufficient farm with a water-powered sawmill, sugarbush, gardens, trout hatchery, Morgan horses and Jersey cows. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1943. Upon graduation from Stephen’s College, she went to Boston and worked for Eastern Airlines until her marriage to Howard W. (Pete) Wing in 1948. Together they had three...
NEW HAVEN — Rhoda Brown, 73, of New Haven, died Feb. 16, 2021. She was born July 26, 1947, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, to Francis and Bernice Jenks Beeman. She is survived by her son Scott Brown; daughter Tara Knapp; sister Claudia (Beeman) LaPorte; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents. Funeral mass to be held at a later time this year, with a gathering of family and friends following. Contributions can be made to Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society.

GREGORY GERALD BIANCHI
PITTSFORD — Gregory Gerald Bianchi, age 59, passed peacefully Feb. 14, 2021, while ice fishing on Lake Champlain in Shoreham. Greg was born in Rutland Oct. 31, 1961. He was the son of Gerald and Mary (Todriff) Bianchi. He grew up in Rutland, where he received his early education and graduated from Rutland High School, class 1979. Greg began his working years as a chef at various Rutland area restaurants. He later drove truck for Frito-Lay. He also worked as a mechanic for Ray Nutting Automotive Sales. Working at Pidgeon’s Auto Salvage in Leicester started his interest in auto tires. He came...

EUGENE CHARLES BRADFORD
FERRISBURGH — Eugene Charles Bradford, 75, of Ferrisburgh passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Eugene, son of Chester and Sylvia Bradford, was born in Vergennes on Dec. 21, 1945. He attended a one-room Ferrisburgh schoolhouse before graduating from Vergennes Union High School in 1963. In the mid 60s, Eugene honorably served with a 250-person crew as an E3 Radarman aboard the AGC-16 U.S.S. Pocono for the United States Navy. Eugene was a long-time member of the American Legion (Post 14) and the Fraternal Order...

SHIRLEY PERKINS (HORMEL) BULLARD
WESTPORT N.Y. — Shirley Perkins (Hormel) Bullard died on Feb. 15, 2021. She was a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Vermont. She was a Speech and Language Pathologist with a special interest in neurogenetic communication disorders. In addition to her professional career, she served as a deacon in Protestant churches in Saxtons River and Orwell, Vt., and in Westport, N.Y. Shirley was an expert volunteer panelist for the New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee. She loved to sing. She had lived in many places and joked that the voice is the most portable instrument...

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