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MIDDLEBURY — Audrey Candido, 89, of Middlebury, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. She was born May 15, 1931, in Fall River, Mass., to Mary (Pickering) and Frank Bernardo. She married Antonio Candido May 28, 1949, in Fall River. She is survived by her sisters Carol Lundrigan and Sandra Campion; children Susan Brown, Donna Perrin and Michael Candido; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Husband Antonio Candido predeceased her, as did her siblings Frank Bernardo and Shirley McAlevey.
VERGENNES — Betty Casavant Bristol, 94, of Vergennes passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at Saint Albans Health and Rehab, in Saint Albans, Vt. She leaves behind her daughters Katherine Ellis of Bridport, Vt., and Martha Casavant, of Hebron, Conn.; and her grandsons, James Schuler, of Swanton, Vt., and Eric Massey, of Milton, Vt. Betty was predeceased by her first husband, Richard Casavant, second husband Kenneth Bristol, and son Steven Casavant. The family would like to thank Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church for being an integral part of Betty’s life and faith community throughout the years....

HELEN RUTH BUNDE
VERGENNES — God added a star to his celestial home and extinguished a bright light in our lives with the passing of Helen Ruth Daley Bunde on Jan. 29, 2021, at the age of 98. Ruth began her life as the eldest of the four children of Esther and Theodore Daley on May 15, 1922, in Yonkers, N.Y. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and continued her education at business school for secretarial sciences. While working at the W.T. Grant Co. in New York City, Ruth met her husband, Arthur Philip Bunde. They wed in June of 1948 and began their lives together, sharing it with their son from Artie’s...

THERESA A. (BEAROR) DUFRESNE
DELAND, Fla. — Theresa A. (Bearor) Dufresne, 61 of DeLand, Fla., died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Theresa was born in Middlebury, Vt., to the late Francis and Florence Bearor. She married Arthur Dufresne on April 17, 2005. Theresa graduated from MUHS in 1977. Theresa became an LNA, where she enjoyed taking care of people. Theresa is survived by her husband; daughters LeAnn Alger and Heather Murray; grandsons Caden Murray and Charles and Nolan Alger; sisters Marilyn, Bonnie, Susan, Cindy and Linda; and brothers David, Donald, Charles, Peter and William Bearor...

JUDITH GRAVES MACE
NORTH FERRISBURGH, Vt./FLORENCE, Ala. — Judith “Judy” Mace passed away on Sept. 19, 2020, at her summer home in North Ferrisburgh, Vt. A real Vermonter, Judy was born in Morrisville on Feb. 5, 1939. Judy was the daughter of the late Charles Russell and Ethelda Miller Graves. Judy attended Peoples Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. She was married for 50 years to the late William S. Mace of Ferrisburgh, Vt., and recently married to James L. Fulcher of Eganville, Ontario, Canada. Judy had a profound love for people and animals. Many will remember her warm welcomes...

REV. RICHARD LOUIS MANZELMANN
UTICA, N.Y. — Rev. Richard Louis Manzelmann, 92, passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, Jan. 25, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica, N.Y. Richard “Dick” was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1928 and moved to Plainfield, N.J., shortly thereafter. He graduated with a BA from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in 1950. It was there that he “felt the calling” to go into the ministry. He attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City with a MDIV degree in 1953 and was ordained to the ministry that year in the Crescent Ave Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, N.J. His...

RODNEY H. STAGG
SHOREHAM — Rodney H. Stagg, 83, of Shoreham died on Saturday, Jan. 30. He was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 1938, the son of Roy and Dorothy (Myrick) Stagg. Rodney moved from Ticonderoga just before starting school. For his first eight years he went to school in Shoreham. In 1957, he was part of the last class to graduate from Middlebury High School. During his school days, he would spend time helping his father on the family farm. After high school graduation, Rodney was employed by International Paper for many years. Outside of work, he was a dedicated antique car enthusiast and...

MILDRED (JANOUSEK) WITTEMAN
MIDDLEBURY — Mildred (Janousek) Witteman, 69, joined her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 30, 2021. Millie was born to George and Florence (Vaughan) Janousek in Plattsburgh N.Y. She attended Beeman Academy and graduated from Mount Abraham. Millie worked for 10 years in the business office at Standard Register and later as a driver for ACTR. She was a member of the New Haven United Reformed Church. Millie moved into Middlebury Commons in 1991 as soon as it was completed and resided there for almost 30 years. She is survived by sisters, Katherine (George) Caswell and Marion (John) Sullivan, as...

BERTHA M. DOLAN
BRANDON — Bertha M. Dolan died Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in her sleep at Wintergreen Residential Care Home in Brandon. She was 82. She was born Feb. 4, 1938, in New Haven, the daughter of Chester and Ruth (Lafayette) Williams. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1956. She married John J. Dolan in 1957; they later divorced. As a Navy family, she and her children lived all over the U.S. until settling in Vermont for good in 1971. Her employment included bank teller in Bristol and church bookkeeper in Brandon, but her main life’s occupation was her seven children. She enjoyed sewing,...

EDWARD ALAN SEARS
VERGENNES — Edward Sears, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in bed on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, with his family by his bedside. I fought a good battle with cancer. Ed was born on May 10, 1940, in Ferrisburgh, Vt., the son of Charles and Millicent Sears. Celia (Keith) Sears, my wife, I will dearly miss our special times together on stage singing karaoke duets. I’ll leave you with this: Please don’t cry because I’m gone; instead be happy that I was here. (Or just maybe a tear or two. After all, I passed away.) He left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to his son (Chuck Sears), daughter (...

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