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J. CAROL SCHOENFELD
MIDDLEBURY — J. Carol Schoenfeld, 91, died on Aug. 26, 2021, at Eastview at Middlebury. She was born on March 22, 1930, in Butler, Pa., the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Goughler) Robb. She married Dr. C. Deem Schoenfeld on March 31, 1950. Carol and Deem moved to Vermont from Pennsylvania in 1962, living in Jericho and Rutland before settling in Middlebury in 1990. Carol, or “Toots” to her friends, was devoted to her family and loved nothing more than large family gatherings, especially when a new baby was involved. She volunteered for multiple organizations over the years, and was an...

GEORGE TODD
NEW HAVEN — George Todd, of Middlebury and then New Haven, Vt., lived a rich and interesting life, full of friendship, music, art, and motion. He made his living at something that he was, by all accounts, very good at — teaching — in a field he loved: music. The arts were central to his thoughts. He released several albums of his own electronic compositions, and after retirement went into painting. He enjoyed poetry read aloud. He designed and built two beautiful houses. He assisted in the founding of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theatre. He raised three independent-minded, productive children by...
MIDDLEBURY — Lois (Birchmore) Trayah passed away on Aug. 21, 2021, after a brief illness, at UVM Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born Feb. 8, 1954, to Elsie (Morse) and Raymond Birchmore in Middlebury, Vt. She grew up on a small dairy farm, where she spent her younger years until she met and married Raymond Trayah. They were married for 42 years until Ray passed away in 2011. Lois loved the simple things in life, such as watching her two sons play slow pitch softball over the years. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends playing board games or card games. Just a week...

DANIEL “DANNY” JOHN TRUDEAU
HOUSTON, Texas — Daniel “Danny” John Trudeau, 72, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2021, in his home beside his beloved dog. Mr. Trudeau was born in Middlebury on June 6, 1949, the son of Merrill and Pauline (Wells) Trudeau. He grew up in Salisbury, Vt., and relocated to Texas after the Vietnam War. Danny was an avid airplane pilot and was proud to fly a helicopter during the Vietnam War. He worked in the trucking industry for many years and loved traveling the road with his pup in tote, always bringing laughs to those he met. Surviving is his daughter, Lina Trudeau of North Carolina; a daughter,...

James E. Whitney
PANTON — James E. Whitney, 76, passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at his home in Panton. He was born on Sept. 9, 1944, in Panton, the son of Norman and Gladys (Guillette) Whitney. Jim was a generous man and was always happy to lend a hand to anyone that needed it and would go out of his way to help no matter the task. He was especially good at working on cars and would spend many hours out in his garage working on his and other people’s vehicles. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. James is survived by his son Brian and granddaughter Skye of Vergennes, daughter Angela...

WALLACE EDGAR THOMPSON
CHITTENDEN — Wallace Edgar Thompson, a native of Weybridge, Vt., passed away surrounded by loved ones on Aug. 11, 2021, at the age of 72. From an early age, Wally was taught to love and respect nature and his elders by his father, Kenneth Thompson (a farmer, Sugarmaker), and Ella Thompson, a well-respected schoolteacher. Wally spent much of his life maintaining his family land in Weybridge and fixing engines throughout Addison County. He was constantly tinkering on something. An unaccredited naturalist, Wally could tell you anything and everything about the wild things in Addison County,...

BRUCE “MIKE” R. PFEIFFER
MIDDLEBURY — On Aug. 17, longtime Middlebury resident Bruce “Mike” R. Pfeiffer Jr. passed away at the age of 72. Though he leaves many things unfinished and stories untold, the intellectual and creative legacy of what he called “Tangible Imagination” lives on in the endeavors of his children, John and Erin. He is also survived by his wife of 41 years, Debbie. He is predeceased by his father Bruce R. Pfeiffer Sr., mother Jay Schwartz, and sister Jan. A permanent memorial and information about donations can be found at bruce.tangibleimagination.com.◊

LINDA G. NORTON
LINCOLN — What has Linda Norton been up to since she left this earth on Aug. 20, 2021? Some say she is reading to children in her newly renovated Library in Heaven. Others know she has been re-incarnated as the beautiful deer that hovers around the woods of Lincoln, never to be captured. Either way, we all know she has now joined her parents, Paul and Wanda Goodyear. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 59 years, William (Bill) Norton, and the family they have made together: Their children: Chuck and Kim Norton, Chip Norton, and Vaneasa and Dan Stearns. She leaves behind their...
DENNISPORT, Mass. — Richard William Kingman, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2020, in Hyannis Hospital due to COVID-19. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Middlebury Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at the Middlebury Inn, in the Willard Room, from noon-2 p.m. Online condolences and a full obituary can be found at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
VERGENNES — A memorial celebration for Kenny Drew, who died Aug. 25, 2020, at the age of 84, will take place at the Vergennes American Legion on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 1-4 p.m. Light snacks will be served. All are welcome to come and share our memories of good times of a wonderful man who is greatly missed.

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