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, 99, of South Royalton, died March 14. Born in 1897 in Bethel, he was the son of Charles F. and Myrtie (Woodard) Shepard. He attended schools in Bethel. He served with the Army during WWI and was employed as a telephone operator and at Graham's Hardware, both in Bethel. He established Shepard's Jewelry & Stationery Store in South Royalton, which he operated until 1963. Afterward, he conducted business from his home for several more years. In 1921, he married Blanche Hazzard, who died in 1994. He was a member of Miller Memorial United Methodist Church in Bethel. Survivors include his daughter, Hazel (Mrs. Roger) Welch; two sons, Harold and Robert; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a nephew and a niece.
, 62, of South Royalton, died March 14. Born in 1934 in South Easton, Mass., she was the daughter of James and Jennie (Merry) Avery. She attended school in East Bridgewater, Mass. and South Royalton High School. She owned and operated Junie's Gift Shop on Route 14 for many years. In 1969, she married Richard Rogers. Survivors include her husband; one son, James; a stepson, Charles; four step-daughters, Mary Demar, Sandra Lini, Sharon Franch and Bonnie Perkins; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother; three sisters; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
, 82, of Montpelier, died March 20. Born in 1915 in Barre, he was the son of Leonardo and Antoinetta (Antivi) Tomat. He attended Barre City schools and Spaulding High School. He was a veteran of Army Air Force, serving during WWII. He was an auto mechanic for Harry Rossi in Montpelier and later a custodian at Montpelier High School. He was a call fireman for the Montpelier Fire Department. In 1951, he married Katherine Conlin, who died in 1992. Survivors include two brothers, Ado Tomat and Leonard Tomat; a sister, Esther Savoia; nieces and nephews.
, 71, of Barre, died March 17. Born in 1925 in Burlington, he was the son of Peter and Annie (Barclay) Griffith. He graduated from Plainfield High School. He was a maintenance engineer and boiler technician for Heald Machine Company in Worcester, Mass., retiring in 1986. In 1945, he married Wilma Bartlett. They moved to Barre in 1991. He was a member of Montpelier Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Steven, Robert and Douglas; one daughter, Cindy (Mrs. Ernest) LaBelle; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
, 76, of Northfield, died March 17. Born in 1921 in Strafford, he was the son of Gerald and Marie (Mayberry) Pixley. He received his education in Strafford and at Thetford Academy. He was employed as a carpenter and farmhand in Strafford and Chelsea and in New Hampshire. He served with the Army Air Force during WWII. He later worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad, Vermont Copper Mines in South Strafford and Enfield (N.H.) Box Company. He also worked at Arbor Acres Farms Inc. in Conn., and at Malmquist Wood Products in Post Mills, retiring in 1986. In 1942, he married Pauline Gray. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Clifford, Douglas and David; a daughter, Sandra Lee Cowing; three brothers; one sister; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
, 77, formerly of Barre, died March 15. Born in 1920 in Websterville, he was the son of Louis and Gladys (Rabitaille) Levesque. He was employed at the former New Britain (Conn.) Machine Co., retiring in 1982. He was a WWII veteran, serving with the Army Air Corps. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Levesque and Jo-Ellen Crespi; two grandchildren; one brother; four sisters; nieces and nephews.
, 95, of Randolph Center, died March 16. Born in 1901 in Warren, he was the son of Elijah and Harriet (Curtis) Fuller. He attended schools in Warren. In 1924, he married Gertrude Neal, who died in 1975. He later married Ethel Hunt, who died in 1985. He worked for Lynn Gas and Electric Company in Mass. He moved to Rochester in 1927 and to Randolph in 1936. He sold Rawleigh products and purchased a dairy farm in Randolph Center, operating it until 1966. He sold farm machinery for L.W. Greenwood and in 1975, established a horse dentistry practice, working throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Bean and Audrey Otto; five stepsons, Wallace, Norman, Herbert, Sheldon and Royce Hunt; seven grandchildren; six great-grand-children; many nieces and nephews.
, 61, of Bethel, died March 15. Born in 1936 in North Troy, she was the daughter of William and Rose (Weatherby) Kennett. She attended schools in Rochester and in 1954, married Gordon Capron. She had cared for children in her home and was a member of the Miller Memorial Methodist Church in Bethel. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Darlene Capron; her stepmother, Helen Kennett; a brother; a half-brother; three half-sisters; a granddaughter and a grandson; many nieces and nephews.
, 41, of Waterbury, died March 15. Born in 1955 in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of Betty (Threadgold) and Claude Fitzgerald. He graduated from Rutland High School and from the University of Vermont with a degree in business administration. He worked in both Waterbury and Montpelier for the State of Vermont, Banking and Insurance and Securities Division. Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Karen Pekar, Nancy Robert and Linda Webb; a brother, Russell Fitzgerald; nieces and nephews.
, 66, of Barre, died March 19. Born in 1930 in El Reno, Okla., he was the son of Ignatius and Ruby (Burton) Ahern. He attended schools in El Reno, graduating there. In 1949, he married Theresa Gatz. They moved to Oregon, where they operated a grocery store on an Indian reservation. They then moved to Washington D.C., where he was an administrative assistant to several United States congressmen. He later established his own business in government information services, operating it until 1971. Survivors include three daughters, Diana Celia, Christine Ahern and Cindy Isabelle; four sons, Larry, Ronald, Kevin and Timothy; six grandchildren; a brother; a sister; several nieces and nephews.
, 87, of Barre, died March 19. Born in 1909 in Newport, she was the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Handy) Hendy. She grew up in Barton and attended St. Paul's Academy. In 1927, she married Michael J. Wobby, who died in 1967. They had lived in Barre, operating Wobby's Market and the Twin City Motel. In 1969, she married Richard M. Cody, who died in 1972. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include one son, Richard Wobby Sr.; three daughters, Catherine Sawyer, Agnes (Mrs. John) Ormsby and Mary Ann (Mrs. Charles) Bizzozero; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister; several nieces and nephews.
, 71, of Granville, died March 17. Born in 1926 in Derby Line, he was the son of Joseph and Jennie (Favereau) Chaloux. He attended Randolph and Randolph Center schools. He worked at Eaton Lumber Co. in Hancock and then for the State Highway Department in Rochester, retiring in 1989. He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Church in Rochester. In 1950, he married Helen Adams. Survivors include his wife; three grandchildren.
, 85, of Marshfield, died March 19. Born in Larned, Kan., he graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City, Mo. He was employed at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Conn. and a jet engine inspector in Westinghouse. He later worked for Thikol Chemical Co., at Electro Plating Inc., as a bail bondsman. He retired to Marshfield in 1991. In 1940 he married Helen Farley. Survivors include his son, Robert; a daughter, Patricia Howard; two grandchildren.
, 77, of Chelsea, died Dec. 4. Born in 1919 in Chelsea, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Luce) Gates. She attended schools in Chelsea, graduating from Chelsea High School and from Vermont Junior College. In 1945, she married David Gilman. They operated a farm on Route 100. She was a member of the United Church of Chelsea. Survivors include her husband; several cousins.
, 88, formerly of Northfield, died March 16. Born in 1908 in Northfield, he was the son of Thomas L. and Ida Mae (Tucker) Frazer. He graduated from the Randolph Agricultural School. In 1928, he married Josephine Marion Carpenter, who died in 1951. In 1955, he married Mae Dillion; they later divorced. In 1962, he married Doris Benway, who died in 1981. He had worked at Rock of Ages Quarry, at Windsor Machine Products, at Court Products in White River Jct. and at Dartmouth College. He retired in 1971. Survivors include five sons, William, Jordan, Stewart, Jerome and Thomas; two daughters, Lillian Burchett and Betty Anne MacLaughlin; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
, 55, of Montpelier, died March 26. Born in 1942 in Montpelier, he was the son of Loretta (Compeau) and Clifton Hersey. He graduated from Montpelier High School, continued his education at Leicester (Mass.) Junior College and graduated from New England Institute of Funeral Service in Boston. In 1969, he married Sharon LaFountain. He worked at V.L. Perkins Co. Furniture Store and Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury. He also operated the Dairy Creme in Montpelier and ran a snow plowing business. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Hersey; a son, Matthew; his mother; two brothers; three nieces and a nephew.
, 72, of Washington, died March 25. Born in 1924, she was the daughter of Frank and Vae (Cutler) Smith. She graduated from Montpelier High School and was employed as a secretary for Central Vermont Railroad. She also worked for Pyrofax Gas Company, retiring from there. She had been married to Robert Warren. Survivors include several cousins.
, 87, of Barre, died March 25. Born in 1910 in Grayland, Ohio, he was the son of Theodore and Marie (Nielsen) Thygesen. He attended schools in Grayland until his family moved to Barre, where he continued his schooling. He was first married to Aurelia Andreoletti in 1932. In 1950, he married Savina Arioli. He was a master carpenter and later became self-employed in the construction field. He also worked for other construction firms, retiring in 1975. He was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Harold Jr. and Dana; three daughters, Judith (Mrs. Richard) Robbins, Katherine (Mrs. Ronald) Mackie and Maydean McLaughlin; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; several nieces and nephews.