HARRY E. COLWELL
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Harry E. Colwell of East Middlebury died peacefully on Nov. 28, 2019, Thanksgiving Day. This was an appropriate day, as he was very thankful for the wonderful life he had led.
Harry (known to family and friends as Ted) was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Nov. 3, 1922, the son of Harry E. Colwell, Jr. and Lilian Lent Siebrecht Colwell. He was educated in the public schools of New Rochelle. His college years at Dartmouth were interrupted by service in the Air Force during World War II. During those years he traveled the United States serving in Florida, Colorado, Texas, Georgia...
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Edith Titus Harman, 92, died at home in Issaquah, Wash., on Oct. 30, 2019. Edith was born in New York City, the daughter of Henry W. Titus and Edith Vine, on March 29, 1927. She grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., and also lived in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), N.Y.; Middlebury, Vt.; Marblehead, Salem and Orleans, Mass.; and Issaquah. She graduated from the Grier School, Middlebury College, and completed graduate school at the University of Vermont.
After raising her family, she worked for several years as a counselor in elementary schools in Addison County, Vt. She spent...
ADRIAN (ANDY) IRISH SR.
STARKSBORO/BRISTOL — On Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, Adrian C. Irish Sr., loving husband, father and papa left earth for his reward in heaven.
Andy was born on Aug. 29, 1938, in St. Albans, Vt., to Robert and Bessie (Ryan) Irish. He was the first of four children; brothers, Michael (deceased), Brian and Dwight and sister Cindy. He grew up on a small farm in Fletcher, Vt., where he spent many an hour in a field watching the cows and reading. This is where Andy acquired much of his intelligence. He graduated from BFA Fairfax and was the salutatorian of his class. He attended UVM upon entering the...
CATHARINE BEVIN SMITH
MIDDLEBURY — Catharine Bevin Smith (Kay), 94, of Middlebury, died at home on Nov. 30, 2019, after a short illness, with her family by her side. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 5, 1925, the daughter of Allen Williams and Catharine (Wheeler) Bevin.
Kay moved to Long Island in 1933, graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City in 1943, and from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1947, with a B.A. in English. That summer, she married Dutton Smith who had just served four years in the Navy, and the couple moved to Middlebury, Vt., where her husband completed his...
JAMES GARY WISNOWSKI
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Jim Wisnowski, 62, of East Middlebury Vt., passed after a long battle with cancer on Dec. 1, 2019, in the home he built, with family by his side.
Jim was a strong, gentle soul. As soon as you met Jim, you knew you had an instant friend. Kampersville was his life, with woodworking a close second. Jim was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and Ohio State University, where he studied Equine Management. After college, Jim returned to Middlebury to join the family businesses. Jim was very successful in horse racing, where he spent long hours with his grandfather training...
ROGER JOHN MASON
SHOREHAM — Roger John Mason, born Oct. 12, 1949, died in the early hours of Nov. 28, 2019, at his home in Shoreham, Vt., surrounded by family.
Roger, a native of Pawlet, Vt., and son of William and Betty (Baker) Mason, attended Granville High School, where he was well known for his athletic prowess. Shortly after graduation, Roger married his high school sweetheart Kathy (Burch) Mason. The two moved to their farm in Shoreham where they raised their three children.
After Roger left farming, he went to work at Killington Ski Area, where was affectionately known as “Farmer.” Working here along...
KEITH RAYMOND AYERS
BRISTOL — Keith Ayers passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Nov. 21, 2019, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loving family. Keith was from Bristol, Vt., born to parents Maude O’Dea (Fortune) and Frank Mott.
Keith now joins his wife Maureen in heaven, together at last.
Keith is survived by his three daughters Anne (David Findlay), Kathleen and Lorretta (Kevin Balch). He was the beloved grandfather to Stephanie, Kenneth, Jessica, Dylan, Taylor and Noah, and loved great-grandfather to Tyler, Brooklyn, Alexis, Olivia, Heath, Chase and Violet. Keith is also survived by his sisters Myona...
ELISSE HALLOCK GEBO
FERRISBURGH — Heaven gained another angel as Elisse left her earthly home unexpectedly on Friday evening, Nov. 22. She was born on Nov. 15, 1938, in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of Kenneth and Clara (Purinton) Hallock, a true farmer’s daughter.
Elisse dedicated her life to her family. She married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence (Larry) Gebo on July 1, 1957. Together they raised their three children L.Mark, Lorri and Lissa, along with Kieran Kilbride, Linley Power, Nick Thomann, and Jacques Parenty. The term “mother” doesn’t end there as she also had a generous hand in raising nephews,...
ORWELL — Jeremy Myers, 32, of Orwell, Vt., died unexpectedly Nov. 21, 2019. Those who really knew Jeremy will always remember him as being a loving, gentle soul with nothing but a kind heart. If you only took Jeremy at face value, you missed the joy of really knowing the interesting intellect he possessed and the true goodness in his heart.
His love of dogs was infectious as was witnessed in his love for his own Dozer and Jasmine. He enjoyed the challenge of the game of golf, spending time tinkering with computers, playing his guitar, finding laughter in funny videos and playing video games....
ADELE M. PHINNEY
MIDDLEBURY — The extended final chapter of Adele Marshall Phinney’s life story ended on Nov. 22, 2019, just 12 days before her 100th birthday. She died peacefully at home under the care of her family.
Dele was born at Camp Jackson in Columbia, S.C., on Dec. 4, 1919, to Dr. Bertram and Frances Marshall and spent her formative years in New Brighton, Pa. She attended Wooster College in Ohio and Middlebury College, where she met her husband of 64 years, George “Dud” Phinney.
Although she was blessed with only one hand at birth, she led a full and active life. She was a competitive diver as a...