Obituaries


MARIAN SANTOS
03/12/2020
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Marian (Ramos Usher) Santos, 74, passed away at home with her children by her side on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. She was born April 11, 1945, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., to Alice and Mario Ramos. Marian was a life-long educator in Vermont, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College and Master’s in Education from the University of Vermont. She taught elementary school in Addison and Vergennes and was a principal at Rutland and Middlebury elementary schools. She is survived by her children Matthew Usher, Blythe Usher, Electra Usher Peckham, son-...

DONALD SKINNER BICKNELL, M.D.
03/09/2020
FERRISBURGH — Donald Skinner Bicknell, M.D., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020, while surrounded by his loving family. Don was born on Aug. 16, 1935, at home in Jeffersonville. He was the son of George and Rachel Skinner Bicknell. Don graduated from Richford High School in 1953, where his father was a teaching principal who taught him math, physics and chemistry. While attending and graduating from UVM undergraduate school in 1957, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity and the Key and Serpent Honorary Society. He graduated from UVM College of Medicine in 1961, where he was...
03/09/2020
ORANGE CITY, Fla. – Rupert I. Billings, 86, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2020, at AdventHealth Hospice at Fish Memorial in Orange City, Fla. He was born Nov. 10, 1933, in New Haven, Vt., the son of the late Fredrick and Rita (Whittemore) Billings. After twenty-nine years of employment at Standard Register in Middlebury, he moved to Orange City. He enjoyed the warmth of Florida, watching car races, visiting with friends, and sitting outside in his yard, where he derived pleasure from his flowers and watching the birds and squirrels. He was predeceased by his sister, Lois...

ANN WAITE BIELAWSKI
03/05/2020
SHELBURNE — Ann Waite Bielawski passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2020, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vt. Ann was born at home in Middlebury, Vt., on June 4, 1933, the daughter of Willis Hathorne Waite and Bertha Kelly Waite. She grew up in Middlebury and was a graduate of Middlebury Graded School, now known as Twilight Hall; Middlebury High School, which was recently demolished to make room for the Middlebury expansion; Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, in Hanover, N.H., where she qualified for R.N.; and Saint Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine,...

RAYMOND E. "CORKY" DOUGLAS
03/05/2020
BRANDON — Raymond F. (Corky) Douglas died March 3, 2020, at Porter Medical Center in the Estuary Room. He was born in 1929 at home in Brandon to Patrick F. and Bessie (Grace) Douglas and graduated from Brandon High School in the class of 1947. He met his future wife, Aline Boisvenue, when they were both in high school and working jobs at the Brandon Inn. They were married in October, 1950, and shortly after Corky was drafted into the Army, where he served in Korea and Okinawa achieving the final rank of Staff Sargent. Corky worked for F. A. Tucker as a lineman in his younger years and then...

BERTHA E. (BUTLER) SHERMAN
03/05/2020
BRISTOL — Bertha E. (Butler) Sherman, 91, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020, at her home in Bristol peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Middlebury, the daughter of William and Edith Emerson Butler. She was a member of Bristol Valley Grange and Square Dancing Club. She worked at Big Wheel Variety Store in Bristol. She liked traveling and spending time with her family. Bertha is survived by her husband of 71 years George Sherman; three children, Linda (Daniel) Valentine, Carol (Keith) Audy, and Larry (Shari) Sherman; five grandchildren, Tammy, Stephanie, Roxanne...

STEVEN DALE SPENCER
03/05/2020
BRANDON — Steven Dale Spencer, age 61, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at his home in Brandon, Vt. Mr. Spencer was born in Elkins, W.V. on Nov. 1, 1958. He was the son of Walter and Shirley (Doyle) Spencer. He grew up in Warren, Ohio, where he received his early education. He graduated from Champion, Ohio, High School, class of 1977. He began his working career in a steel mill in Ohio. He later managed a restaurant in Warren, Ohio. He worked as a supervisor for U.S. Steel for several years, before earning his Practical Nursing Degree from E.H.O.V.E. He worked several years at Mercy...

ERIC LANT SUNDERLAND
03/05/2020
ESSEX — Eric Lant Sunderland, 56, passed away at McClure Miller Respite House on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Eric is now pain free and in Heaven with his Lord. He was born in Middlebury on July 27, 1963, son of the late Orrin and Wanda (Boynton) Sunderland. Eric was raised in a strong Christian family. Eric loved his Lord. He lived out his faith everyday and never doubted or questioned the Lord’s love for him even in the midst of an aggressive brain cancer diagnosis. He was passionate about studying the Word of God. He loved teaching Sunday school and leading devotions with his wife and children...
03/05/2020
BRANDON — Douglas B. Wiggin, 60, of Brandon and formerly of Middlebury, died March 2, 2020, at his home. Arrangements are by Tossing Funeral Home.

JOHN THOMAS WILLIAMS
03/05/2020
BRANDON — John Thomas Williams, age 83, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at his home in Brandon. John was born in Shoreham on August 23, 1936. He was the son of Benjamin Harrison Williams and Frederika (Ryan) Williams. He grew up in Shoreham. He received his education in Shoreham and Middlebury schools. He joined the United State Marine Corps in 1953 and was Honorably Discharged in 1956. Following his discharge, he worked at Pratt-Whitney Corporation in Hartford, Conn., until returning to Vermont in 1959. He worked with his father in the roofing business until starting his own roofing and...

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