BRISTOL — On May 8, 2020, heaven gained an angel and her family lost a fierce little spitfire when Veronica Mary (Cousino) Mayer, 80, of Bristol, Vt., passed away from a fatal heart attack in the company of Ray, her loving husband of 62 years. She had just completed one of her favorite pastimes, beating him at a game of Rummikub. Ronnie was born on Sept. 13, 1939, to Bernadette Blaise Cousino and Peter John Cousino at their family home in Bristol. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1958. She met her soulmate, Ray, in 1957, and they were married in 1958. If you knew the two of them,...
PANTON — Lyndrid Towle, 74, of Panton, Vt., passed away Dec. 1, 2019. Lyndrid, known by most as Lindy, was born Jan. 5, 1945, in Windsor, Vt. She was predeceased by her parents Frank Clark and Phyllis and Ivan Thomas. Lindy was predeceased by her loving husband, Colonel James Guy Towle, whom she married in 1983, and also by her son, Kevin McFadden. Lindy is survived by her daughters Kelly Miller and Katie McFadden, and James’ children Amy Mailloux, Stacey Towle, Lori Towle and Jimmy Towle. Lindy is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The bond of family was very...
LINCOLN — George R. Morgan Jr., 81, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, N.Y. He was born December 13, 1938 in Lincoln the son of George and Elsie (Stokes) Morgan Sr. George is survived by his wife, Virginia (Jennings); three children, George, Sherry and Peter; five step-children; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters Ginger Isham and Midget Larrow. Funeral services will be held at a later date. To send online condolences to his family please visit

BRISTOL —  Jessie-Mae Pauline DeCosta died May 11, 2020, in the Intensive Care Unit at UVM Medical Center, just short of her 33rd birthday. She was born May 18, 1987, at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station Base in Havelock, N.C., to LaNell Corkins and John F. DeCosta III. She graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 2005. She loved snow boarding and taking care of and rescuing animals. She was artistic, athletic and loved writing poetry and journaling. She also loved many outdoors activities and in fact had three snowflake tattoos on her arm. She was feisty, funny, loving, and had the...

MIDDLEBURY — Hilton H. Dier Jr., 93, of Middlebury died on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. He was born Feb. 16, 1927, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Hilton H. Dier and Margaret MacFarlane Dier. Hilton grew up in Lake George, N.Y., where his father was the town doctor. After graduating from high school in 1944, Hilton enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. He was eventually assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, where he served at the General Headquarters in Frankfurt. Hilton graduated from SUNY Albany in 1950, and Harvard Law School in 1956. After...

NEW HAVEN — Darwin Harold Lee, 86, passed away peacefully with his wife holding his hand on May 7, 2020, at Porter Medical Center. Darwin was born March 1, 1934, in Weybridge, Vt., the son of the late Harold and Dora (Fay) Lee. He graduated as the Salutatorian at Beeman Academy in New Haven, 1952. He served in the United States Army, stationed in Paris during the Korean Conflict. He later married Marjorie/Maggie (Young) on May 30, 1957. He retired from Simmonds Precision in Vergennes, Vt., after 30-plus years. Filled with the spirit of hometown service, he helped form the New Haven Volunteer...

RUTLAND — Augustus “Gus” Raymond Odell, 69, of Rutland died unexpectedly Monday, May 4, 2020, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 13, 1950, in Middlebury, the son of the late Walter and Ruth (Senecal) Odell. Gus grew up in Middlebury and graduated from the Middlebury High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Vietnam War. He was employed by several area companies as a logger, house mover, maintenance man and a carpenter. He enjoyed motorcycles, making model cars and shooting pool. Gus played the bass guitar and was a member for many years...

BURLINGTON — The Celebration of Life for Marian Santos, who died on Dec. 10, 2019, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the UVM Alumni House in Burlington has been postponed until further notice. This celebration will be rescheduled once it is safe to gather together and an announcement will be made at that time. Her family looks forward to being able to celebrate her life with all those who knew and loved her.◊

BRISTOL — Arthur William Butler, 97, of Bristol passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, surrounded by family. He was born on April 4, 1923, at home in Starksboro, Vt., (Little Ireland). He was an avid hunter, dairy farmer and carpenter. He is survived by his sons William (Sue) and their children, Ryan (Brandi), Meagan (Masaki) and great-grandson Jonathan, all of Montana; David (Mary) and their children, Joshua (Cathy) and Shawna of Vermont; Paul (Deb) of Montana; James of Bristol; Richard (Sara) of Pennsylvania and their children, Casey (Shayna) of Montana and Cody, also of Pennsylvania. Arthur...

ORWELL — Heaven welcomed an angel on April 28, 2020, when Catherine Mary Latour was reunited with the love of her life. She was born in Timmons, Ontario, Canada, on Nov 25, 1922, the daughter of Arthur and Marie Cousineau, and moved to East Middlebury, Vt., when she was 9 months old. She attended schools in the Middlebury area and worked in the Winooski Woolen Mill and Van Raalte in Middlebury. She met her husband Marcel Latour in 1947 and they were married six months later on March 29, 1948. They purchased a farm in Orwell on their wedding day and successfully ran and expanded the farm until...


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