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, 86, of Bethel, died Dec. 14. Born in 1913 in East Braintree, he was the son of Henry and Jesse (Bingham) White. He attended schools in Hancock and South Royalton. In 1936, he married Florice Benedict, who died in 1991. He was a self-employed logger, a boiler room operator for Fyles and Rice in Bethel and a machine tester at Cone Automatic in Windsor. He was a member of the Miller Memorial Methodist Church in Bethel. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Huntley; three sons, Danny, Gerry and Thomas; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
, 100, of Montpelier, died Dec. 14. Born in 1899 in Ann Arbor, MI, he was the son of Samuel and Lena (Calkins) Stegeman. He graduated from Central High School in Lansing, MI and from Michigan State College with a BS in Zoology. He received his Masters Degree in Mammalogy from the University of Michigan. In 1929, he married Gertrude Calhoun, who died in 1961. In 1964, he married Edna Rands Kelley, who died in 1986. He was an instructor of Zoology at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, retiring in 1965. He served in the Michigan State Troops during WWI and with the ROTC and Army Reserves and the Army during WWII. Survivors include a daughter, Wilma Kelley; a son, Richard Stegeman; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
, 77, of Barre City, died Dec. 14. Born in 1922 in Barre, he was the son of Capriano and Gloria (Calvo) Usle. He attended schools in Barre and was a graduate of Spaulding High School. He served with the Army Air Corps. He worked throughout the northern New England area in the plumbing and pipe fitting trade, retiring in 1984. In 1946, he married Theresa Tousignant. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Linda LaFlower; two sons, Michael and Steven; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters; many nieces and nephews.
, 39, of East Randolph, died Dec. 13. Born in 1960 in Pittsfield, Mass., he was the son of Malcolm and Geri (Tabor) Davis. He graduated from Randolph High School and from Vermont Technical College. He was an electrician and worked for Peck Electric in Williston. He was a member of the Baptist Fellowship in Randolph. Survivors include Shauna Marie Davis and Katlynn Davis; two sisters, Michelle McCormick and Carmella Tucker; his parents.
, 74, of Barre City, died Dec. 15. Born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Frank and Minnie (Townsend) Paul. Her family came to Barre where she attended schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. She worked for National Life of Vermont, the People's Bank and later for the family-owned businesses, D.M. Miles and Twin City Fuels. More recently she was employed by the Homer Fitts Company in Barre. In 1950, she married Vincent Sassone Sr. She was a member of the Barre Congregational Church. Survivors include her husband; her daughters, Paula Hall, Carol Sassone, Joann Sassone; her son, Vincent; three grandchildren; one sister; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
, 77, of East Montpelier, died Dec. 15. Born in 1922 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Arthur and Rose (Jewett) Payette. She attended St. Michael's High School. In 1946, she married Eric David Bailey, who died in 1976. Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Farnham, Rena Pearson and Eva Brown; five sons, Clay, Wayne, Eric, Glenn and Gary; a sister.
, 76, of Randolph, died Dec. 10. Born in Randolph, she was the daughter of Villis and Nellie (Dominy) Launton. She was educated in Randolph schools. In 1941, she married Gerald Francis Whitaker, who died in 1985. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Marsh; a son, James; a sister.
, 84, of Waterbury, died Dec. 18. Born in 1915 in Cambridge, he was the son of Ethel (Davis) Flanders. He attended school in North Hyde Park. In 1941, he married Doris M. Davis, who died in 1991. He had been employed with the Vermont Highway Department, retiring in 1978. His memberships included the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Waterbury Village Fire Department. Survivors include three sons, Pearl "Skip", Ray D., and Sidney P.; a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson.
, 88, of Randolph, died Dec. 18. Born in 1911 in Pittsfield, she was the daughter of Ed and Olla (Cook) Clark. She received her education in Roxbury schools. In 1931, she married Carroll Flint. She had worked for the Randolph Furniture Co.
, 79, of Randolph, died Dec. 18. Born in 1920 in Paterson, N.J., she was the daughter of George and Anna (Singer) Fracalossy. She graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in New Jersey and in 1939, married John R. Scheck. She worked as a bank representative for The National Community Bank in N.J, retiring in 1988. She moved to Wharton to Randolph in 1988. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Carol Drummond; a son, John Jr.; five grandchildren.
, 38, formerly of Montpelier and Barre, died Dec. 10. Born in 1960 in Barre, he was the son of Martin E. and Audrey Upmal. Survivors include his parents; a sister, Suzanne E. Upmal; a brother, Kenneth C. Upmal.
, 65, of Tunbridge, died Dec. 16. Born in 1934 in Tunbridge, he was the son of Dyer P. and Stella V. (Rogers) Cilley. He was educated in Tunbridge schools and graduated from South Royalton High School. He graduated from the New England Institute in Boston. In 1956, he married Elaine R. Hackett. He had operated the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea since 1953 and also operated the Boardway and Cilley Ambulance Service in the Central Vermont Valley. He was a past Emergency Medical Technician. Memberships included the Tunbridge Volunteer Fire Department and the Tunbridge Congregational Church. He had held many Town of Tunbridge offices. Survivors include his wife; a son, Denis P.; three daughters, Susan Barnaby, Patricia Ladd and Brenda Charlton; a sister; six grandchildren; three step-grandsons; two nephews; several cousins and an aunt.
, 70, of Chelsea, died Dec. 20. Born in 1929 in Brockton, Mass., she was the daughter of Joseph and Jennie (Grant) Pokraka. She graduated from Brockton High School. In 1950, she married John A. Parker, who died in 1999. She was a secretary at the W.L. Douglas Shoe Co. and the Howard B. Johnson corporate office, both in Brockton. She moved to Chelsea in 1973 and was a secretary for the Orange County Extension Service until 1979. Survivors include a son, John Jr.; a brother; three sisters; three grandchildren.
, 72, of Bethel, died Dec. 20. Born in 1926 in Cambridge, Mass., she was the daughter of Lionel and Kathleen (Morrison) Morrison. She graduated from Cambridge Latin High School in Cambridge and married Lawrence A. Curtis in 1971. She moved to Bethel in 1994. She was quality control director for Charles Burns Co. in So. Boston, Mass., retiring in 1988. She was a member of Christ Covenant Church. Survivors include her husband; a son, Leo Ercolano; a daughter, Virginia Ercolano; four sisters; two brothers; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
, 97, of Berlin, died Dec. 19. Born in 1907 in West Groton, she was the daughter of Willie and Princetta (Jodrey) Darling. She was predeceased by two husbands, Ralph Bailey in 1968 and Harold C. Heath in 1978. She was a member of the Groton United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Princetta Shepard; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
, 95, of Barre City, died Dec. 20. Born in 1904 in Burlington, he was the son of Patrick and Margaret (Cummings) Free. He graduated from Cathedral High School and attended St. Michael's College. His career in state government included serving as steward and business director of the State Hospital in Waterbury, state purchasing agent until 1960 and was named commissioner of the Department of Administration, serving under both governors Stafford and Keyser. His last employment was in the capacity of director of the Office of Local Affairs. He retired in 1970. In 1935, he married Priscilla Miles, who died in 1959. In 1962, he married Elva Casellini. Survivors include his wife; a step-son, Larry; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
, 80, of Northfield Falls, died Dec. 19. Born in Sutton, Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of Noble and Clover (Strong) French. She graduated from Northfield High School. She was married to Donald B. Friend. In 1946, she married William Yacavoni, who died in 1959. She worked for National Life and was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Northfield. Survivors include one son, Donald Friend Jr.; a brother; a sister; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
, 71, of Randolph, died Dec. 22. Born in 1928 in Centralia, Ill., he was the son of George and Mildred (Phelps) Howell. He attended schools in Centralia Township. In 1958, he married Florence Washburn. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a janitor for NAPA in Minn. and at Randolph High School. He was a machine operator at Fyles and Rice in Bethel, a gluing machine operator at Branchwood in Randolph and a furniture repairman at Ethan Allen Furniture. Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Linda Horton, Mary Blanchard, Charlotte Holmquist and Paula Davis; seven grandchildren.
, 86, of Plainfield, died Dec. 22. Born in 1913, he was the son of Arthur and Gertrude (Crosby) Sperry. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. and Northeastern University in Boston. In 1937, he married Joyce Blakeman. He was office manager at Rasbach Photo Service in Shelton, Conn., retiring in 1975. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Berlin. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Douglas and Kenneth; a daughter, Carolyn Joyce Zinn; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.