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, age 41, died unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident on Friday, January 2, 2009. She was born October 11, 1967 in St. Albans the daughter of Harmon & Janet (Lanpher) Mayo. Kristi graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1985. She also graduated in 1997 from CCV with a degree in Human Services. Since then she has dedicated her life to caring for children in her home-based daycare. Kristi was living her dream by enjoying time spent with Jon and the kids in their new home. She will be missed by her family and all whose lives she touched. She is survived by her husband and the love of her life, Jon Guilmette; her children and prides of her life, Cody, Jacob, Megan and Abby; her parents Harmon & Janet Mayo; her sister, Leshia Tibbits and her husband Tom; her brothers, Randy Mayo and Hobie Gates all of Bakersfield; her brothers in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry & Nickki Waters, Paula & Robert Monette, Ramon & Lynn Guilmette, Valrie & Fred Steinhour, Jody & Mandy Guilmette, Gary & Christine Guilmette, and Patty Guilmette; her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, including her special family Sherry Boylan and her daughter Chelsea, Carol & Ricky Allen, and Conrad & Shanon Busier; and her extended family Kim & George Plante. In keeping with Kristi’s wishes, funeral services will be private. Burial will also be private in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bakersfield. There will be no visiting hours. A public gathering to share stories and memories of Kristi will be held Tuesday January 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM at the Bakersfield Elementary School. For those who wish, contributions in Kristi’s memory may be made to the Breast Care Center at Fletcher Allen Hospital, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
, 86, widow of Ralph Williams, passed away Monday January 5, 2009 at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington with her loving family at her side. She was born February 19, 1922 in Cambridge the daughter of the late Willis & Nora (Reynolds) Smith. Carolyn was a resident of Enosburg Falls and Hyde Park most of her life. In her later years she also resided at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford as well as St. Albans Health & Rehab. Carolyn devoted her life to being a homemaker and caring for her daughter, Carol. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star and the West Enosburg Home Dem. She enjoyed reading and she will be remembered for her biscuits, donuts and sour cream pie. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Junith & Reginald Messier of Enosburg Falls, and Noreen & John Chase of Swanton; her grandchildren and their families, Terri Messier and her friend Kevin Condon; Cathy Messier her husband Brian Charron and their son Aiden; Dawn Tessier her husband Steven and their children, Cory, Cole & Cade; and Deana Chase her husband Tod Jones and their daughter, Sophie; her sisters, Eleanor Maynard of Cambridge, and Shirley Maynard and her husband Leon of Bakersfield; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Carolyn was predeceased by her daughter, Carol Williams; her great grandchild, Chloe Jones; and her sister, Marion Fortin - Murphy. Funeral services will be held Friday January 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. Interment will follow in the West Enosburg Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Carolyn’s memory may be made to Children’s Miracle Network at the Vermont Children’s Hospital, 111 Colchester Ave. Burlington, VT 05401
, age 84, wife of Wendell L. Fortier, passed away Tuesday morning January 6, 2009 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab Facility. She was born April 27, 1924 in New Haven, CT the daughter of the late Kenneth & Jules (Creamer) Daniels. Sheilah attended Hilltop Schools in New Haven CT. and received her associate’s degree from Community College of Vermont. During her high school years she worked for a dentist and then during WWII she was employed at Winchester Repeating Arms in New Haven, CT. On February 12, 1944 she married Wendell Fortier and they made their home in Richford where she was very active in the community working as the Assistant Town Clerk & Village Clerk and Treasurer. She later worked for the Richford Elementary School as the Librarian and helped special needs students. She also enjoyed participating in the “Hometown Follies”, 4th of July Parade & floats, and was Frosty the Snowman at the Tree Lighting Pageant. She was an active member in All Saints Catholic Church as a Liturgical Reader, Catechism Teacher and worked for many church fund raisers that were instrumental in the building of Dorian Hall. She was a former member of the Catholic Daughters, Girl Scouts of America - Local Leader & District Council Member and the Local Women’s Club. She is survived by her husband Wendell L. Fortier of Richford her two sons, Wendell A. Fortier and his friend Candice Cole of Richford and his children, twins - Matthew & Samantha Fortier; Leonard F. Fortier and his wife Suzanne of Richford and their children, Thomas & Catherine Fortier; her sister, Moyne Williams and her husband Richard of Homestead, FL; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Sheilah was predeceased by a son, Wendell L. Fortier, Jr. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be this spring in the Richford Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford For those who wish, contributions in Sheilah’s memory may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford, VT 05476
, age 77, widow of Lloyd T. Richard, passed away at her home early Friday morning January 9, 2009 with her loving family by her side. She was born October 15, 1931 in Franklin the daughter of the late Olin & Abby (White) Benjamin. She married Lloyd Thomas Richard on September 30, 1951. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage before his death in 2006. She was a homemaker early in her life, raising six children. Later she was employed as a cook at the Franklin Central School, which she enjoyed the most. After retiring, she participated in many community services including the Franklin Historical Society of which she was a founding member, served as president of the Senior Citizens Group, and was a member of the East Franklin Union Church. She is survived by her children, Karen Guyton of North Carolina, Thomas Richard and his wife Sue of Franklin, Rebecca Uszuko and her husband Michael of New Mexico, Debra Denault and her husband Jay of Franklin, Helen Rosenblum and her husband Steve of Hyde Park, and Lucinda Holwerda of Kentucky. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn, Gregg, Jason, Jessica, Jennifer Jean, Sara, Bridget, Samantha, Casey, Phil, Charles Tucker, and Austen; and her great grandchildren, Brookelyn, Chianne Katlynn, Ethan, Brendon, Kassandra, McKenna, and Wyatt; a sister and her husband, Betty & Gilbert Dewing of East Franklin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, Madeline was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Messier; and 3 nephews, Michael, David & Daniel Messier. Madeline’s family appreciates all of the care that was given from the Franklin County Home Health Agency with special thanks to Jeanette, Terry and Wanda. A memorial service will be held Wednesday January 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the East Franklin Union Church with Rev. Herman Benjamin officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish in lieu of flowers contributions in Madeline’s memory may be made to the Franklin Historical Society, C/O Sue Clark, 55 Richard Road, Franklin, VT 05457
RICHFORD, VT / CLACKAMAS,OR - Therese M. Smith
the widow of Roland Smith from Richford, VT was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Clackamas, Oregon on January 6th, 2009 where she quietly passed in her sleep on January 16th with family at her side. She was born in Montreal, Canada on September 2nd, 1931, to the late Loius and Philna (Lengevin) Deschense. She came to East Berkshire, VT in 1947 and was naturalized in 1961. She devoted her life to being a homemaker, raising her children and a being foster parent to nearly 10 children from 1983 to 1996 She leaves behind her daughter, Diane Smith of Clackamas, OR and 3 sons, Real and his wife Carolyn of Richford, VT, Larry and his wife Fuencisla from Honolulu, HI and Ivan and his wife Marsha of New Orleans, LA. Therese also had 9 Grand Children, Connie, Laurie, Phillip, Kenny, Travis, Tracy, Joshua, Jennifer, and Holly; 6 Great Grandchildren, Samantha, Dustin, Danielle, Denise, Peyton, and Cody; 1 Great Great Grand Child, Joshua; a brother, Jean Paul Deschenes of Montreal, Que.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. She also left behind her favorite kitty cat Capri. Besides her parents, Therese was predeceased by her husband Roland L. Smith on December 3, 2000. They were married April 21, 1951. She was also predeceased by 5 brothers, L. Phillippe, Aurien, Albany, Armand, and Vanutelli Deschenes; and 2 sisters, Florianne Dufresne, and Irene Doyon. A graveside memorial service will take place at the All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Richford, VT in the spring at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in Therese’s memory may be sent to All Saints Cemetery Association, C/O Raymond Godin, 512 Godin Road, Richford, VT 05476-9564.
, age 92, passed away Friday afternoon January 23, 2009 at the Brownway Residence in Enosburg Falls. She was born March 3, 1916 in Cleveland, OH the daughter of the late Harold I. & Olive M. (Spear) Hitchcock. Jeanne was a resident of Ohio most of her life and for the past 27 years made her home in Vermont. She was a long time employee of the East Ohio Gas Company. Jeanne’s hobbies were reading, tatting, writing letters, playing cards (solitaire), and visiting with friends. She was a member of the O.E.S. Martha Washington Chapter. She is survived by her grandson, Eli Gabuzda and his girlfriend Elyssa Fletcher of Montgomery; son-in-law, George Gabuzda of Montogmery. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Robert J. Hildebrand on July 15, 1978; and her daughter, Olive Gabuzda on October 13, 2001; and her brother Arthur Hitchcock. Funeral services will be held Monday January 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Linda Maloney officiating. There will be no visiting hours. Interment will be held Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg, OH. For those who wish, contributions in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Chapter, 75 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495
SOUTH BURLINGTON - Robert C. “Robbie” Williams
, age 54, husband of Anne (Spaulding) Williams, passed away Friday morning January 30, 2009 at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington with his loving wife at his side. A memorial service will be held Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home Wednesday from 12:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. Contributions in Robbie’s memory may be made to Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403 or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT. 05478. A completed obituary will be posted at a later time.
, age 81, husband of Shirley (Mandigo) Sherrer, passed away Wednesday February 4, 2009 at the Vermont Respite house in Williston surrounded by his loving family as the sun was arising. He was born November 25, 1927 on the family farm in Dunham of the Eastern Townships of Quebec Canada, one of twelve children to the late Leonard & Blanche (Cowan) Sherrer. He moved to the United States with his family in 1955 and has been a resident of Jeffersonville since 1970. He worked as a caretaker and in his earlier years as a farmer. Keith had a skill and talent for making Maple Syrup and passed that talent onto many farmers/sugar makers. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and family man. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He is survived by his devoted, loving wife Shirley A. (Mandigo) Sherrer of Jeffersonville. They were married November 19, 1949 and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in November. Shirley also came from a large family being one of twelve children. He is also survived by three loving daughters, Jo-Ann Shoram and her husband Richard of Highgate Center, Norma Vogel and her husband Richard of Colchester, and Susan Davis and her husband Frederick of Shelburne; three grandchildren, Captain Robert Teague and his wife Jeanette of South Berwick, ME, Cheryl Lynn Ovitt and her husband Jeffrey of St. Albans, and Benjamin Davis of Ogden, UT; three loving great grandchildren, Emma P. Teague, Matthew J. Teague both of South Berwick, ME, and Jordan Ovitt of St. Albans; three sisters, Shirley Gardner of Dunham, Que., Helen Diamond of Dunham, Que., and Audrey Kitt and her husband Steve of Stanbridge Est., Que.; sisters-in-law, Patricia Sherrer of Knowlton, Que., Dorothy Sherrer of Sutton, Que., Connie (Mandigo) Sherrer of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Joyce Sherrer of Kitchener, Ont.; brother-in-law, Ernest Tittemore of Stanbridge Est, Que.. He is also survived by Shirley’s family, Winston & Shirley Mandigo of Port Elgin, Ont., Peggy Mandigo of St. Mary’s, Ont., Lois Sturgeon of Waterloo, Que., Geraldine Gowing of St. Albans, and Carol-Ann Vorse and her husband Clifton of Enosburg Falls. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and dear friend, Merrill Jeffords of Enosburg Falls. Besides his parents, Keith was predeceased by his brothers, Hugh, Lloyd, George, Douglas and Alden Sherrer; his sisters, Mrs. Douglas (Opal) Sweet, Mrs. Francis (Ethel) Haggerty, and Mrs. Ernest (Bernice) Tittemore; sister-in-law, Glenna Sherrer; brothers-in-law, George Diamond and Donald Gardner. Shirley’s family that predeceased were, Leonard Sturgeon, Cecil Mandigo, Royce and Mary Mandigo, Ross Mandigo, and Ruth Bernie. Keith’s family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Donald Miller of Jeffersonville for his devoted care. Also, a special thank you to Fletcher Allen Sheperdson 4 and the Vermont Respite House Staff. In keeping with Keith’s wishes he will be cremated and a celebration of Keith’s life will be held Saturday March 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday March 28th from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Keith’s memory may be made to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403
, age 66 passed away unexpectedly Monday evening February 9, 2009 while hunting which was one of the things that David loved the most. He was born January 28, 1943 in Bakersfield on the family farm the son of the late Levi & Ida (Machia) Joyal Sr. David was a lifelong resident of Bakersfield and was a graduate of Brigham Academy. Following graduation from high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in Korea. Following his honorable discharge from the service he worked on the family farm where he and his brother are still farming and sugaring. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and had been on several Caribou hunts in Canada. He also liked to fish, snowmobile, and ride his dirt bike. He is survived by his brother, Levi Joyal Jr. of Bakersfield; his sister, Helen Joyal of Williamstown; good friend, Andrew Hale of St. Albans; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Levi & Ida Joyal Sr. There will be no services or visiting hours at this time. A graveside service at St. George’s Cemetery in Bakersfield will be held and announced this spring. For those who wish, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Bakersfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 70, Bakersfield, VT 05441
Portage, IN/Enosburg Falls, VT - Elwin John Draper
, 92, of Ogden Dunes, Portage, IN passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009. “Drape” was born in St. Albans, VT on June 23, 1916. He arrived in Gary, IN from his beloved Vermont on November 11, 1934 to work for his uncle, Leslie I. Combs, Sr. He continued to work for L.I. Combs and Sons for 54 years until his retirement in 1988. He married Margaret E. Jones on May 16, 1942. She preceded him in death on September 14, 1987. Elwin is survived by his two devoted daughters, Dr. Peggy Moore of Henderson, NV and Carolyn Draper of Davenport, Iowa; two grandchildren Scott Math and Laurie Riggs and four great-grandchildren Kaitlin and Rachel Math and Colin and Carson Riggs. He is also survived by his sister Rachel, as well as numerous nieces, extended family and all those who knew and loved him. Rev. Jon Bly, pastor of the Enosburg Falls and West Enosburgh United Methodist Churches will officiate at the graveside committal service at the Missisquoi Cemetery in Enosburg Falls on June 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 4800 Harrison St., Gary, IN 46408, Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, 500 W. 187th St., Glenwood, IL 60425, The Enosburgh Historical Society, 55 Railroad St., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or to a charity of one’s choice in Elwin’s name and honor.
, age 90, passed away Tuesday morning February 10, 2009 at St. Albans Health Care & Rehab. He was born March 3, 1918 in Bakersfield one of 13 children to the late Curtis & Louise (Tatro) Deuso. David was a resident of Montgomery most of his life. His Working career started at a farm in Black Falls in Montgomery. He also worked for the Town of Montgomery Highway Dept., logger for Rushford Logging in Montgomery, Chair Lift Operator & Maintenance at Jay Peak, stone crusher operator for L.A. Demers in Winooski and finally a farm hand for Gaston Begnoche in Montgomery Center. In his spare time he was caretaker for the Montgomery Village Cemetery and Montgomery Village Green and enjoyed playing cards, especially 500, as well as cutting wood. He is survived by his wife Charlotte (Bolt) Deuso of Montgomery. They were married on December 30, 1946. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, David M. “Buddy” & Sharon Deuso of Fairfax, Edward M. & Donna Deuso of Highgate, Jeannie & Larry West of Enosburg Falls Michael & Mary Deuso of Montgomery Center; 8 grandchildren, Steve Deuso of Saratoga, NY, Justin Deuso of Knoxville, TN, Gina LeClair and her husband Luke, Lisa Deuso and her companion Josh Gauvin all of St. Albans, Jessica Eagles and her husband Duane of Enosburg Falls, Joshua West of Boston, MA, Kaitlin & Kelsi Deuso both of Montgomery Center; 2 great grandchildren, Bradyn Eagles of Enosburg Falls, and Griffin Deuso Gauvin of St. Albans. Besides his parents and 12 siblings, David was predeceased by a grandson, Dennis Deuso. Funeral services will be held Friday February 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will take place this spring in the Montgomery Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641.
, age 75, wife of Edwin “Pete” Levick, passed away Friday evening February 13, 2009 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born June 19, 1933 in Sheldon Springs the daughter of the late Eugene H. & Irene M. (Domina) Sweet. Eleanor was a lifelong resident of Sheldon and was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Ladies of St. Anne. She was also a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 88 of Sheldon serving terms as Secretary, Treasurer and President. Eleanor had worked as a substitute postal clerk in Sheldon, at Missisquoi Pulp Mill in the office, and as a clerk at Ben Franklin in Enosburg Falls and St. Albans. Eleanor will be remembered by her family and friends as a wonderful, loving and caring person. She is survived by her husband Edwin “Pete” Levick of Sheldon Springs. They were married on May 6, 1953. She is also survived by 2 sons and their wives, Peter & Tina Levick of Fairfax, and Alan & Joan Levick of Richford; 3 daughters, Noreen Levick of Swanton, Lori Thompson and her husband Lester of Franklin, and Cynthia Barnes and her husband Robert Jr. of Enosburg Falls; 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; sister, Norma Boudreau and her husband Carroll of Sheldon; sister-in-law, Joan Sweet of Sheldon; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by a brother, Richard Sweet. Funeral services will be held Monday February 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sheldon Springs with Rev. Bernard Bechard celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Visiting hours will be held Monday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Eleanor’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 78, passed away Saturday morning February 14, 2009 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born April 8, 1930 in Richford the son of the late Donald J Guyette, Sr & Mary L. (Tatro) Guyette. Donald was a lifelong resident of Richford where he was longtime employee at Sweat-Comings retiring just prior to the plant closing. When not working at Sweat-Comings, Donald kept busy doing odd jobs around the community. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a life member of the American Legion Post # 12 of Richford and a 20 years member of the Richford Fire Dept. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite (Wilson) Guyette of Richford; a daughter and her husband, Carol & Danny Boomhower of St. Albans; a son and his wife, Stewart & Robin Guyette of Richford; 4 grandchildren, Michael Boomhower his wife Bonnie and their son Jack of Sheldon, Dana Boomhower and his friend Chelsea Kennison of Shelburne, Stewart D. Guyette and Sarah Guyette both of Richford. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning February 17, 2009 at 11:00 at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr officiating. Interment with military honors will take place this spring at the Hillside Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Richford Fire Dept., ATT: Paul Martin, P.O. Box 326, Richford, VT 05476
, age 51, husband of Holly (Marco) Rushlow, passed away unexpectedly Thursday February 26, 2009 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born April 2, 1957 in St. Albans the son of Lyle & Joyce (Lumbra) Rushlow. Kim was a 1975 graduate of Richford High School where he enjoyed playing baseball and soccer. Kim worked as a mechanic all his life, having worked at Handy’s in St. Albans, Shearer’s in South Burlington, and Riverside Welding & Repairs in Richford prior to operating his own garage, Kim’s Auto Repair in Richford for the past 10 years. Kim loved his fast cars and especially his TransAms and Grand National which he enjoyed taking to various car shows. He enjoyed snowmobiling, going to the drag races in Canada, playing cards, barbecues, and watching NASCAR with his favorite drivers being Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Jr. He also enjoyed helping Holly work in the vegetable & flower gardens. He is survived by his wife, Holly Rushlow of Richford. They were married November 10, 1999. He is also survived by his children, Amber Beyor her husband James and their children Dylan & Kaylee of Swanton, and Dustin Rushlow and his son Cole of Swanton; his parents, Lyle & Joyce Rushlow of Milton; his sisters, Pamela Rushlow and her friend Robert McHugh of St. Albans, and Melody Rushlow of Van Nuys, CA; his brothers, Kurt Rushlow of Kileen, TX, Kent Rushlow and his wife Robin of Franklin, and Kris Rushlow of Milton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Allan & Bea Marco of Richford; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Wendy & William Lewis of Richford, and Jenny & Steve Daggett of Derby; brother-in-law and his wife, Terry & Rhonda Marco of Tacoma, WA.; the mother of his children, Candace Bosley of Clearwater, FL; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Keith, Kerry & Kevin Rushlow. A memorial service will be held Monday March 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday March 9th from 12:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Kim’s memory may be made to American Lung Association, Vermont Chapter, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495
ENOSBURG FALLS / JEFFERSONVILLE - Dale Lee Conger
, age 52, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday March 2, 2009 He was born March 23, 1956 in Holyoke, MA the son of Jeannette F. (Menard) Conger and the late Robert A. Conger Sr. Dale has been a resident of Enosburg Falls for the past 3 years. Dale lived in Vermont his entire life. He was known as a good auto Mechanic. Dale enjoyed fishing in the summers of Vermont. Dale also loved to toil in his vegetable gardens. He had a good companion in his pet cat named Trouble. Dale will be missed by family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Jeannette Rounds of Jeffersonville and step father, Clesson Rounds; 3 sisters, Deborah Billado of Essex Jet, Lucinda Stetson of Fla., Sylvia Quicksill of So. Carolina and Donna Hall of VA; 2 brothers, Robert Conger of Richford and Gary Conger of Burlington; several nieces and nephews. Besides his father, Dale was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Quenneville of Santa Rosa CA on 2/17/09. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in Dale’s memory may be made to The American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, P.O. Box 485, Williston, VT 05495
, age 102, passed away Wednesday March 4, 2009 at her daughter's home in Dearborn Heights, MI She was born April 16, 1906 in Eustis, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of the late Thomas Charles Beattie and Mary Lucebe Elnora (Pilgrim) Beattie. Elnora was a 1925 graduate of Lyndon Institute. She was a resident of Jay and Richford, VT most of her life. Elnora married Chauncey L. Morse on December 25, 1926. She was the Town Clerk and Treasurer for the Town of Jay for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #44 and the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Sica Court # 38. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Ciufo of Dearborn Heights, MI and Carol Shipman and her husband Herbert of Bristol, VT; 18 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, and 20 great, great, grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Catherine Beattie, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Elnora was predeceased by her husband, Chauncey L. Morse, her sons Chauncey B. Morse and Charles A. Morse; her daughter Shirley Chapin, her granddaughter Ruth Ann Shipman, great granddaughter, Elizabeth Morse, three brothers Harold, Donald and Lloyd Beattie, and her sister Marguerite Folsom. There will be no funeral services or visiting hours, although there will be a graveside service at the Richford Center Cemetery later this spring at the family's convenience. For those who wish, contributions in Elnora's memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
RICHFORD - Robert McDonald Tyre Waterhouse
, age 90, husband of Phyllis (King) Waterhouse, passed away Thursday March 12, 2009 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. He was born November 11, 1918 in Sutton, Quebec Canada the son of the late Charles & Grace (Gibney) Waterhouse. Rob worked as a logger as a young man in Canada with Ken Sherrer. He entered the Canadian Army during WWII serving in the Forestry Corps in Scotland and was also at the Battle of the Bulge. Following his honorable discharge from the service he moved to Vermont and married Phyllis King on May 15, 1947. He farmed in Jay & Berkshire retiring in 1977. Following his retirement from farming he worked in construction with Fabian Rice and cut firewood with Gabe Godin. He enjoyed spending time visiting with friends at McAllister’s Chain Saw Shop and George LeClair’s garage. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Waterhouse residing at the Carriage House in Franklin; his Daughters, Grace Fournier and her husband Roger of Franklin, and Carey Hemond of Richford; sons, and their wives, John & Debbie Waterhouse of Berkshire, Kim & Sharon Waterhouse of Lewistown, ID, and Mark & Sharon Waterhouse of Richford; Grandchildren, Rena Menard and husband Gary, Judi Rainville and husband John, Emily Clough and husband Chad, R.J. Fournier and wife Dawn, Robbie Hemond and friend Lorraine Wright, Michael Hemond and wife Tracey, Wendy Hemond, Jason Waterhouse and wife Lucinda, Johanna Waterhouse, Raichelle Steiner and friend Nathan Murray, Jessica Kett and husband Bill, and Josh Waterhouse and friend Michelle Lapan; Great Grandchildren, Selena & Maria Menard, Jake & Lexa Dandurand, Haley & Sadie Clough, Luc, Keeleigh, Logan & Lillianna Fournier, Brett, Chelsea & Brady Hemond, Jacob & Jaden Waterhouse, Jade Steiner-Murray, and Jayna & Adam Kett; sister, Edith Colton of Argyle, NY; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brothers, Leslie, Alton & John Waterhouse; and sisters, Bessie Dezotelle and Ada Goodhue. Funerals services will be held Monday March 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Richford 1st Baptist Church with Pastor Lyle Willey. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 6-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford For those who wish, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476 or the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
Enosburg Falls - Lawrence “Buster” M. Donlon
passed away the first day of Spring March 20, 2009 at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. Buster was born in Richford, Vermont April 10, 1921 to the late Martin P. Donlon and Augustine (Hurtubise) Donlon. Buster was three years old when his father was tragically killed in an automobile accident. This tragedy left Buster and his sister Beatrice very close throughout their lives. Later Buster’s mother married Joseph E. Martel. Buster was a graduate of Richford High School. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the 1st Army medical division, ETO. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.After his honorable discharge from the service he became proprietor of Don’s Grill and Bar in Richford, Vermont. At this time he met a nurse from Enosburg Falls, Vermont, Charlotte Leach. Their first date was a basketball game between Richford and Enosburg played in Richford. Buster married Charlotte Leach October 14, 1951. They moved to Enosburg Falls where Buster became proprietor of the Enosburg Lockers retiring in 1988. He had a genuine fondness for people always ready to pass the time of day and to tell a story.Buster had a green thumb as he and Charlotte cultivated prize winning gladiolus and later tea roses that he shared with many. He spent several enjoyable years assisting his son, Bill in showing their beautiful registered Quarter horses. He was also known as Mr. Fix-It for his grandchildren, Seth and Kate. At the age of eighty years with the encouragement of his brother-in-law, Buzzy Leach, he took up the game of golf. He was a member of the Enosburg Falls Lions Club and the American Legion Post 42. Buster leaves his wife Charlotte (Leach) Donlon; a son Bill and his wife Cheryl (Southwell) Donlon of Berkshire. Two special grandchildren, Seth William Donlon (a midshipman at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland) and Kate Donlon of Berkshire (a senior at Richford High School); their mother Heather Skilling of Richford; step grandchildren, Jeremy Southwell, Joshua Southwell and his wife Michelle; step great grandson Geoffrey Southwell all of Colchester; his sister Beatrice Hoffman of Boca Raton, Florida; brother-in-law Gus Doucas of Cooperstown, New York; brother-in-law Howard “Buzzy” Leach and his wife Louise of Enosburg, brother-in-law Tony Michel of Rutland; and several nephews and nieces that he loved and was so proud of. He is predeceased by his brother, Martin Donlon and his wife Audree, half-sister Joyce (Martel) Doucas, step-brothers Lawrence Seguin, Albert (Pit) Martel, John Martel, Levi Martel and step-sisters Annette Seguin, Gertrude Martel Landry and Genevive Martel Jacobs, and sister-in law Sabra (Leach) Michel. At Buster’s request he is being cremated. A graveside service will be held Saturday May 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Sheldon Village Cemetery with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For expressions of sympathy, Buster’s family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans., Vermont 05478. TO THOSE I LOVE AND THOSE THAT LOVE ME When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears: Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love: you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love we each have shown. Bust now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for awhile that we must part; So bless the memories with-in your heart. I won’t be far away, for life goes on; So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near- And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear All my love around you, soft and clear. And then when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile, and “WELCOME HOME”
ENOSBURG FALLS, VT / HYDE PARK, MA - Rita M. Boucher
, age 87, passed away Friday March 20, 2009 at the Park Place Nursing Home in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. She was born July 1, 1921 in West Berkshire, Vermont the daughter of the late George & Celanire (Demain) Boucher. Rita has been a resident of the Boston area since 1941 and was employed as a LPN at the Shattuck Hospital for many years retiring in 1986. Rita is survived by her sister Bertrande “Beatrice” Boucher of Hyde Park, MA; a great nephew, Alan Coulombe. Besides her parents, Rita was predeceased by her brother, George Alexander Boucher; her sister Lillian Paquette; and her nephew, Romeo Coulombe. The Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday March 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Rita’s memory can be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478
, age 93, passed away Saturday March 21, 2009 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 6, 1915 in Frelighsburgh, Que. Canada the daughter of the late Andre & Rosa (Rocheleau) Couture. Celina was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and took pride in being a homemaker and raising her family. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Church in East Berkshire and the Ladies of St. Anne. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, playing cards, and cooking especially for family gatherings. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Jean-Claude “John” & Susan Chalifoux of Richford, Robert & Carol Chalifoux of Hinesburg, Real & Darlene Chalifoux of Richford, and Richard Chalifoux of Enosburg; her daughters, Claire Fay and her companion Charlie Hotchkin of Richford, and Cecile Fuller and her husband Leonard of Corinth, ME; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Antoinette Desgroseilliers of Iberville, Quebec, and Noella St. Pierre of Cowansvile, Quebec; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Andre J. Chalifoux; a grandson, Paul Chalifoux; and a brother, Roger Couture. Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family at St. Andre Cemetery in Sutton, Quebec. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Celina’s memory may be made to the Redstone Villa Nursing Home - Resident Fund, 3 Forest Hills Drive, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Vermont Chapter, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641-4124
ENOSBURG FALLS - Hubert R. “Steve” Messier
, age 87, husband of Phyllis (Cassidy) Messier, passed away Monday March 23, 2009 at the St. Albans Health Care Facility. He was born September 26, 1921 in Enosburg Falls the son of the late Roland & Alice (Phillips) Messier. Steve started his working career on a farm in Berkshire and in 1951 he went to work for Olson Construction Co. building bridges and then worked for Bailey’s in Enosburg Falls until the mid 1960’s when he went to drive truck for McDermott’s Transportation in Enosburg Falls retiring in 1984. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, bowling and most of all spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Messier of Enosburg Falls. They were married June 28, 1944. He is also survived by 2 sons and their wives, Eric & Jeannette Messier of Berkshire, and Duane & Karla Messier of East Fairfield; 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 7 step great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Natalie Guilmette of Enosburg Falls, and Bernolene Roddy of Belleview, FL; 2 brothers-in-law, Rollo Barry of Morrisville, and Wendell Cassidy and his wife Barbara of Enosburg Falls; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Steve was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Messier; a brother, J. Wesley Messier; and a sister, Audrey Barry. A memorial service will be held Friday March 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Steve’s memory may be made to Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, age 95, widow of Carlis Lumbra, passed away Monday morning March 23, 2009 at St. Albans Health Care Facility. She was born August 6, 1913 in East Berkshire the daughter of the late Edgar & Julia (Mercy) Chappell. Bernice was a lifelong resident of East Berkshire. She was a member of St. Isidores Catholic Church and the Ladies of St. Theresa. She also attended All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. She was employed at Spears Pharmacy in Enosburg Falls for 12 years retiring in 1978. She enjoyed playing cards and crocheting. She is survived by her son and his wife, Douglas & Marlene Lumbra of St. Albans; her grandchildren and their spouses, Lori & Luke Rainville of St. Albans, and Greg & Elizabeth Lumbra of Hillsborough, NJ; 3 great grandchildren, Michael & Matthew LaBounty, and Michael Lumbra; a niece, Betty Tishion of New Milford, CT. Bernice was predeceased by her husband, Carlis Lumbra on February 19, 2005; her parents, Edgar Chappell & Julia (Mercy) Chappell Ryea; and 2 brothers, Vernon & Howard Baker. Funeral services will be held Friday March 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Friday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Bernice’s memory may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401