ROXBURY — On October 1, 2019, Theresa Marie (Lavallee) Bachand at 58 years young lost her battle with cancer. Theresa was born April 22, 1961, and grew up in Winooski with a very large family. Theresa had lived in Starksboro, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes over the years.  Per Theresa’s wishes no services are planned at this time.  Please visit to view further information and to share your memories.
PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Evelyn Carrie Higbee, known by friends and family as Carrie, 95, formerly of New Haven, Vt., passed away July 8, 2019. Born Evelyn Carrie Edele, in New Haven, Conn., she was predeceased by her parents Frederick and May Edele; four sisters, May Brock, Lillian Dyson,  Vida Bristol and Stella Church; and two brothers, Frederick and Alfred. Shortly after WWII ended she met and married Amos Fred Higbee, of Ferrisburgh, Vt. They lived in New Haven until 1970, when they relocated to Daytona Beach, Fla. Her husband of 68 years, Amos, passed away June 27, 2014. During her lifetime...
MIDDLEBURY — Arnold R. Highfield, a resident of Middlebury, Vt., and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, passed at the age of 79, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at the Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. At his side was his loving wife Shirley, and various members of their family. Arnold was born in New Boston, Ohio, on March 10, 1940, to the late Arnold and Hazel (Nichols) Highfield of New Boston. Arnold was an author, scholar, businessman and poet. A graduate of the Ohio State University, he received his M.A. in Medieval History and a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics. Arnold met his wife, Shirley de...
SHOREHAM — Jean D. Anderson, 93, of Shoreham passed away peacefully Aug. 30, 2019. Jean was born on July 17, 1926, in Shoreham, Vt., daughter of Herbert and Alice (Goodro) Dudley. Jean was born and lived most of her life in Shoreham, graduating from Newton Academy High School in 1944. She went on to Becker College in Worcester, Mass., graduating in 1946 with a two-year certificate in the secretarial fields. Upon graduation, Jean returned to Shoreham and married Charles H. Anderson Jr. in October of 1949. They bought their first home in 1950, and began building their life together. They had...
MIDDLEBURY — Adrienne R. Bougor, 75, of Middlebury, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, Sept. 29, 2019. She was born on Sept 15, 1944, to Rene and Anita Poirier near Ottawa, Canada. She and her parents moved to Middlebury when she was two. Adrienne was a long-time resident of Middlebury, where she attended school and raised a family with Henry (Sonny) Bougor. In 2008 she was inducted into the Middlebury College’s 25 Year Club as a faithful, long-time dining services employee affectionately known as “Ma Proctor.” Adrienne especially enjoyed Panther Hockey season, where she had her very...
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Stephen J. Busier, formerly of Hinesburg, Vt., passed away unexpectedly at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 13, 2019, at the age of 65. Steve was born in Colchester on April 4, 1954, to Raymond H. Busier & Beulah E. (Berry) Busier, the seventh of nine children. Steve grew up in Hinesburg, Vt., and attended Champlain Valley Union H.S. After graduating in 1972 Steve later joined the Navy in November of the same year. Steve loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and loved riding his Harley. Steve is survived by his two daughters Heidi Busier and Greta Busier, both of...
BURLINGTON — Cathy Nief of Burlington passed away on Sept. 15, 2019, at the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington. She was 75 and had suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease for several years. She was surrounded by her children and many friends and caregivers in her final days. View the full obituary at
BRISTOL — Sunny F. Sumner, 85, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. He was born January 28, 1934, in Bristol the son of Berley and Anna (Hallock) Sumner. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching New York Yankees and New York Giants Games on TV as well as golf. Sunny is survived by his wife Marion; five children, Michael, Sandy, Jerry, Frank and Brian; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; his brother Philip and wife Lucille Sumner; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five sisters, Barbara, Beatrice, Marjorie,...

BOMOSEEN/MIDDLEBURY — Frank A. Wilbur Jr., 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Porter Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born April 21, 1933, in Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Frank A. Wilbur Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Ambler) Wilbur. Frank joined the Coast Guard after High School and served during the Korean Era. He was a police officer for Rutgers University serving at the rank of Captain and retiring in 1994. Frank also served as a firearms instructor for the New Jersey Police Academy and also taught self-defense classes for women at Rutgers University. Frank was a member of...

RUTLAND — Nancy Sullivan Nevin Brileya, 80, of Rutland, died Saturday evening, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Rutland Health and Rehab Center. She was born on Dec. 10, 1938, in Bridgeport, Conn., the daughter of George and Helen (Wernecke) Nevin. She graduated as the Valedictorian of her high school. Mrs. Brileya was a long-time resident of Shoreham, where she served as the postmistress for 10 years. Then she was employed by the Lazarus Department Store in Middlebury until her retirement. She relocated from Middlebury to Rutland in 2008. Survivors include three daughters, Holly Brileya of Brandon,...


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