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, age 60, husband of Mary (Carpenter) Mason, passed away unexpectedly while haying with Jim on Saturday, May 29, 2010. He was born in Albany, VT to the late Abner & Mae (Larocque) Mason on September 11, 1949. He married Mary (Carpenter) Mason on November 15, 1968. Louie “Henry” was a life-long farmer and in 1982 he and Mary purchased their farm on the Boston Post road. In 1989 he was awarded outstanding young farmer of the year by the Vermont JC’s, and he represented Vermont at their convention in Alabama. After his retirement from dairy farming, Louie went to work for IBM, but he could always be found back on the farm when help was needed. His job may have changed, but his passion for farming remained. Louie was known to his family and friends as a handyman. When anyone needed repairs done they knew who to call, because they knew Louie could do the job. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary (Carpenter) Mason. His children, Judy Pond and her husband Andy of Richford, Karen Westcom and her husband Jeff of Enosburg, and Dawn Reed and her husband Shane of Enosburg. His grandchildren, Nicholas, Olivia & Mason Pond, Johnathon Mason, Rebecca & Cassie Westcom, and Faith & Alexis Reed; his sisters, Carolyn Foster of Williamstown, Mary Chalifoux of Berkshire, and Doreen Billado of Newport; his mother-in-law, Betty “Ma Betty” Carpenter of Enosburg; his brother-in-law, Jim Carpenter and his wife Suz-anne of Enosburg; his sisters-in-law, Dianne Tibbits and her husband Arthur of Enosburg, Cindy Playful and her husband Phil of Fairfield, and Carole-Anne Carpenter and her friend Oliver Hurtubise of Richford; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Louie was predeceased by his father-in-law, John “Pa John” Carpenter; and his sister, Hazel Mason. Louie’s family would like to give a special thanks to Levi, Jim “Uncle Joe”, and Suz-anne “Aunt Suzy” for doing all they could do. We love you all. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the West Enosburgh Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the Enosburgh Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 5-8 pm at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Louie’s memory may be made to the Franklin County 4-H Foundation, ATTN: Martha Manning, 278 South Main Street Suite 2, St. Albans, VT 05478
, 60, of Fairfield, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Dennis was born in Morrisville on January 31, 1950, to Leo and Veronica (Maloney) Ryan. He attended Fairfield Elementary School and Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Following high school Dennis worked at the Vermont Furniture Company in Winooski. He was a life-long dairy farmer, and a maple sugar maker. He enjoyed working with horses and his antique buggy. He also enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. He is survived by his partner, Darlene Symons of Fairfield; daughter, Janice Maureen Ryan and her fiancé Daniel Bresette of Silver Spring, M.D.; son, Thomas Ryan and his wife Brenda of Richford; the mother of his children, Patricia Ryan of Sheldon; three sisters, Sister Janice Ryan of Burlington, Maureen Cooper of Las Vegas, N.V., and Rose Godard of South Burlington; brother, Gavin Ryan and his wife Cynthia of Fairfield; and many treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Veronica Ryan; by his brother, David Ryan, and niece, Kellie Veronica Ryan; and brother-in-law, Rene Godard. The Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday June 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Dennis’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 18, Fairfield, VT 05455.
, age 39, passed away on Monday evening, June 14, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, with his loving family at his side, following a lengthy and strong battle with brain cancer. Brad was born on January 24, 1971 in St. Albans, the son of Douglas “Butch” and Suzanne (Shover) King. He was a 1989 graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. Working as a mechanic, Brad had been employed by McDermott’s Trucking, Vaillancourt’s Trucking, South Road Auto and Moore Lincoln/Mercury. In his younger years, Brad enjoyed riding 3 and 4 wheelers. He loved Ford trucks and was an avid Nascar race fan. He learned to completely disassemble and reassemble an engine, taught by his uncle Richie and had worked at Thunder Road Racing as a pit crew chief for Ron Lowell. His favorite Nascar driver was Matt Kenseth # 17. Brad had a photographic memory and enjoyed playing cards and checkers. In addition to his parents of Berkshire, Brad is survived by his wife Pamela (Mercy) King of Richford, who was his best nurse and caregiver; his daughters Melinda and Christal King of Richford; his sister and her husband Jennifer and Dana Stetson and their children Isaiah, Taylor and Allison of Franklin; maternal grandfather, Robert Shover of Richford; mother-in-law Charlotte Mercy of Franklin; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron & Linda Lowell of Montgomery, Arnold & Linda Mercy of Montgomery, Carroll & Karrie Mercy of Georgia, Brent & Judith Willey of Troy, Gary & Susan Cutting of Richford, Thomas & Lorna Taft of Franklin, Daniel & Marie Guay of Newport, Michael & Denise Mercy of Montgomery, David Mercy and his friend Lisa of Montgomery and Harold & Darlene Morse of Eden; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Brad was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Joyce Shover; paternal grandparents, Woodrow & Ida King; father-in-law, Gordon Mercy; grandparents-in-law, Harry & Wilma Domina and Carroll & Linnie Mercy; and a cousin Richard “Dickie” King, Jr. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the East Berkshire Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Should friends desire, gifts in Brad’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or Richford Ambulance Service, Main St., Richford, VT 05476. Brad’s family would like to especially thank Diane, Amanda and Emma; nurses from Franklin County Home Health; Dr. Rosaire and Dr. Warnock and everyone who has supported them with thoughts and prayers throughout his illness.
, age 57 , passed away early Tuesday morning, June 15, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with her family by her side. Wanda was born on January 3, 1953 in Burlington, the daughter of Raymond Gaudette, Sr. and Norma McGee. Wanda enjoyed all the simple things of life and never asked for more. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids as well as fishing and camping. She will be missed very much by everyone. Surviving are her children, Jeannette Therrien of Enosburg Falls and Paul Greenwood, Jr.and his wife Crystal of St. Albans; her 5 grandchildren, Evelyn, Justina, Kaitlyn, Josh and Destiny; her significant other, Tim Coe; her siblings, Bernadette Cushing of Fletcher, Raymond Gaudette and his wife Laura of Swanton, Beatrice Larned and her husband Steve of Sheldon, Roger Gaudette and his wife Joanne of Jericho and Melissa Morse and Doug Smith of Sheldon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Wanda was predeceased by her siblings Shirley Scott, Beverly Picard, Theresa Cameron and Gary Gaudette. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls with the Reverend Daniel Jordan, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Missisquoi Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Should friends desire, gifts in Wanda’s memory may be made to Bernadette Cushing, 1228 Fairfield Rd., East Fairfield, VT 05448. The gifts will be utilized to assist with family expenses.
, age 65, died on Monday, June 28, 2010 from complications from a stroke that occurred in March, 2010. Though he was a resident of Leesburg, Florida he spent many memorable years in Vermont. Don was born in Stratford, Connecticut, and was the son of George and Viola (Wuagon) Mina. In 1948 he moved to Massapequa Park, on Long Island, New York and lived there until 1963 where he graduated from high school and married his high school sweetheart, Vicki (Thompson) Mina. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years and he trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and then he was stationed in Germany for two years. While in Europe, he and Vicki and their daughter Marybeth toured the European continent and visited relatives in Italy. They would return to Long Island where he was stationed at the Westhampton Air Force Base on Long Island until 1967 when he was honorably discharged. Thereafter, he enrolled at Hofstra University and earned his BA degree in business in 1972. He entered the insurance industry in 1972 and earned a significant reputation as a re-insurance underwriting expert in a very complicated and competitive business environment. Though he lived in Cornwall, New York, he worked in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts until 1990 when he was medically retired because of rheumatoid arthritis. In 1991, Don married Sue (Heim) Mina of New Canaan, Connecticut. He and Sue lived there until 1998 when they moved to Leesburg, Florida. Though most individuals would have slowed down because of his medical condition, this was not Donald’s makeup. Though he could not work any longer in an office, that did not stop him from traveling to the family Vermont home on Lake Carmi and spending summers with his wife and grandchildren. Additionally, through the ensuing years, Don would go through more than twelve medical operations in replacing body joints that were ravaged by the rheumatoid arthritis. In spite of his medical infirmities, he found time to fulfill a lifelong dream of earning his private pilot’s license in 1994 after being trained at the Swanton Vermont Pilot Center and also in Danbury Connecticut. He enjoyed the freedom of flying and he was a certified pilot until his passing. In 2000, The family camp on Lake Carmi was sold after 50 years of wonderful memories. Not to be away from Vermont long, in 2004 he returned to assist his brother, Bruce, in developing four-acre grape vineyard in Addison, Vermont. As the vineyard overseer, though he was medically limited, Don exhibited an unbridled passion when it came to “his grape vines” and the vineyard. His commitment and excellence in knowing all he could know about grape growing helped develop a first-class vineyard in Addison which gained the respect and admiration of other vintners in Vermont. In 2008, after another 125 acres was purchased by his brother on Route 22A, in Panton, Don would oversee the development on Panton Hills Vineyards with the initial planting of four acres. The first harvest is scheduled for this September and though he will not be there with us, his memory and passion will always be there. Don’s other passion was being a grandfather and he loved returning to Florida and Massachusetts. He was known as “Papa” and he will be sorely missed by Samantha, Jake, Max, Ben, Gretchen, Jack, Riley, Tegan, Alyssa, Nicole and Katherine. He leaves behind his wife Sue (Suzanne) of 18 years, his daughter, Marybeth and her husband Dean of Foxboro, Massachusetts, his daughter, Michelle and her husband, Harry of Hanson, Massachusetts, his son Mark and his wife Stacy of Mansfield, Massachusetts, his step-daughter, Sue Gladu, and her husband, Leo, of Floral City, Florida, his brother Bruce and his wife, Gloria, of Roslyn Heights, New York, and his niece, Karen (Mina) Diaz and her husband Mike of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and grand-niece, Olivia and his nephew, Robert and wife Lynda of West Chester, Pennsylvania and grand-niece Kathryn, eleven grandchildren and many cousins. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Avenue, Enosburg Falls. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of “The Don Mina Memorial Fund” for the benefit of the Northland Job Corp. located in Vergennes, Vermont. Please mail donations to “The Don Mina Memorial Fund” c/o Bruce A. Mina, CPA, 555 Broadhollow Road, Suite 404, Melville, New York, 11747
, age 60 passed away Monday, June 28, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born in East Fairfield on December 15, 1949 one of thirteen children of Moses P. & Evelyn (Ducolon) Ryea. Shirley had worked at Misty Mountain Sewing Factory and at Verdelle Village Nursing Home as a nurse’s assistant. She enjoyed listening to music especially Elvis Pressley, knitting, crossword puzzles and collecting wind chimes. She loved spending time with her grandchildren especially her granddaughter Victoria. She is survived by her husband, Roger Lavallee of Enosburg Falls; her children, Scott Lavallee of East Highgate, Mary Boylan and her husband John of Richford, Roger Lavallee Jr. and his wife Denise of Enosburg Falls, Peter Lavallee and his wife LeeAnn Richford, Linda St. Martin and her husband Roland of Richford, and Tiffany Lavallee of Enosburg Falls; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday July 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 878 Horseshoe Rd., East Berkshire with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 237, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
passed away early in the morning of July 4, 2010 at Ave Maria Community Care Home in Richford, Vermont, where she had resided since July 2009. She was born January 16, 1916, the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Sands) Smith in Paterson, New Jersey. Edith attended Public Schools in Paterson as well as Paterson State and Douglas Colleges. Early in her career, she was employed as Bookkeeper by the Harris Brothers Silk Company in Paterson. On September 26, 1941, she married Marinus (Rin) Kamerling and shortly after moved to Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she became a homemaker while raising their son Fred. Her later career was with the Borough of Fair Lawn, first as administrative assistant to the Police Chief and later to the Tax Assessor, retiring to Vermont in 1981. A lifelong desire to live in the “north country” inspired her to purchase property and have a small but very cozy log home built in East Berkshire overlooking the Missisiquoi River valley and the Jay range. While residing in East Berkshire, she was fortunate to enjoy many Vermont activities; skiing at Jay Peak, snowshoeing and hiking with her beloved English Setter, Belle, swimming and canoeing with her grandchildren and especially cherished holidays with family and friends. She also enjoyed participating in services with new friends as a communicant at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Enosburg Falls and as a volunteer at the Franklin County Food Shelf. While the effects of dementia were increasingly evident, Edith seemed to enjoy canoeing with her son until last summer. Edith was predeceased by her father Frederick in 1934, her mother Mary in 1962 and her Husband Rin in 1968. She is survived by her son Fred and his wife Eileen of Essex, Vermont; granddaughters’ Erika L. LaClair and her husband Kevin of Jackson, Wyoming, Elizabeth A. Mansfield and her husband James of Hampstead, New Hampshire and her grandson Michael F. Kamerling of Richmond, Vermont. She is also survived by her great-grandson Eli LaClair as well as many friends and extended family members. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 1:00 P.M at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Church St., Enosburg Falls. Interment in the Smith Family Plot in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, New Jersey will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visiting hours. The family is especially thankful to the staff at Ave Maria, Richford Health Center, Franklin County Home Health Agency, Dian Duranleau and Ken Minck and her many friends and families who have been so supportive during Edith’s final days.
, age 80, husband of Betty (LaMonda) Clark, passed away Sunday evening, July 4, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with his family at his side. He was born in Sheldon on February 22, 1930 the son of the late Lewis T. & Jennie (Tilton) Clark. Bernard attended Sheldon Elementary School and received his diploma from Enosburg Falls High School as part of the Veterans Diploma Program. He entered the U.S. Army in November of 1951 at Ft. Devens, MA and was transferred to Ft. Dix, NJ for truck driver’s training. He received his honorable discharge in October of 1953. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 88 in Sheldon for 46 years and held the office of Sergeant at Arms and other offices with Post #88. Bernard drove truck for H.P. Hood for 19 years, Ralston Purina in Sheldon Jct. for 8 years, and Bourdeau Bros. for 19 years. He also hauled gravel part-time for Ivan Charbonneau and transported cars from the car auction for John Chase Auto. Bernard knew every back road in Franklin County, who grew up on different farms and who the previous owners of the farms were. He really enjoyed meeting people and had the ability to get along with everyone by using his quick wit and sense of humor. He really enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida with many close friends. Most importantly, he was very proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed watching them play softball, basketball and hockey. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Clark of Sheldon. Bernard and Betty were married April 16, 1955. He is also survived by his sons, Larry Clark of Avon Park, FL., and Jeffrey Clark and his fiancé Peggy Gleason of Berkshire; his daughters, Janet Carpenter and her husband Jim of Fairfield, Joan Lumbra and her husband Craig of East Fairfield, and Carol Hodges and her husband Vince of Denver, CO; 15 grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren; his brother, Francis Clark and his friend Gloria Barillaro of Brooksville, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rayburn & Shirley Donna of Richford, Annette & Clement Dulude of East Hartford, CT, Geraldine & Eric Cota of Montgomery Center, Lauren & Robert Young of Enosburg Falls, Alma Dulude of East Hartford, CT, and David & Joyce LaMonda of Bakersfield; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bernard was predeceased by a son, Danny Clark; a brother, Harry Clark; a sister, Charlene Donna; step-brothers, Alden Clark & Ernest Robideau; step-sisters, Margaret Clark, Sybil Barnet, Arline Discenza & Irene Laden; father in-law & mother-in-law, Wilfred & Marie (Bergeron) LaMonda; and a brother-in-law, Marcel Dulude. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon Springs. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Bernard’s memory may be sent to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, ATT: Cindy Lowell, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657
, age 90, widow of Donald Guyette, passed away Friday July 9, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born April 19, 1920 in East Richford, VT the daughter of the late Clifford & Lillis (Barnett) Wilson. Marguerite was a lifelong resident of Richford where she had worked at The American Hotel, Pat’s Place Restaurant and the Elementary School. She also worked at the Wedel Inn in Montgomery Center. Marguerite was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who took great pride in being a homemaker. She loved to sew and knit which she not only did for her family but many families in the community. She also enjoyed traveling and going for rides. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Stewart & Robin Guyette of Richford, and Carol & Danny Boomhower of Fairfield; her grandchildren, Michael Boomhower and his wife Bonnie, Dana Boomhower and his fiancé Chelsea Kennison, Stewart D. Guyette, and Sarah Guyette; her great grandson, Jack Boomhower; her feline companion, Cupcake; and many family members in Mansonville, Quebec. Besides her parents, Marguerite was predeceased by her husband Donald Guyette on February 14, 2009. Marguerite’s family would like to thank Dr. Christian Thomas and his staff, the doctors and nurses in surgical services and the staff on the med/surg floor at the Northwestern Medical Center for the excellent care provided to Marguerite. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford with Rev. Daniel Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 Am until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Marguerite’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT or the Richford Fire Fighters Association, C/ O Paul Martin, 2 Corliss Heights, Richford, VT 05476
, age 98, husband of the late Helen (Waterhouse) Gladden, passed away Saturday July 10, 2010 at his home with his daughter and son-in-law at his side. He was born September 9, 1911 in Berkshire the son of the late Caleb & Matilda (Miller) Gladden. He attended Berkshire Elementary School, Richford High School, Pine Tree Academy in Lewiston, ME, and Fireside Correspondence Institute. He was very active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Abercorn, Quebec which he helped build in his youth and was the last surviving charter member. He served as the Church Elder for several years and over the years held several other offices. Following the flood of 1927 he worked for Atlas Plywood on the river, cleaning up their wood products that washed away. He also did farm work for neighbors and more extensively worked for Herman Dewing and Noah Fleury doing chores, haying in the summer, logging in the winter, sugaring in the spring and worked on the threshing teams. Outside of farming, he drove the Berkshire Center school bus, worked for Ernest Bailey’s fruit business in North Wolcott, operated a bread route in the area delivering baked goods from the bakery in Sutton, Quebec, and did carpentry work with his father on many projects in Richford and the surrounding area. Most importantly he farmed and produced maple syrup on his own farm on the Pinnacle Road since 1937. He married the former Helen Waterhouse in Bordoville, VT on April 17, 1937. They lived in a tent on the Herman Dewing farm during the summer of 1937 until October of that year when they moved to the farm on the Pinnacle Road. He loved animals and anything to do with nature, being outdoors, gardening, snowmobiling, music, and played the guitar and harmonica. Most of all he loved his church, his family and helping other people and will be remembered for his uncanny memory. He is survived by his daughter Esther Knutson and her husband Bruce of Richford; his daughter-in-law, Cyndi Gladden of Martinsville, VA; his grandson, Randy Gladden and his wife Tia of Oxford ME; his granddaughter, Debbie Bezerra and her husband Alex of Leominster, MA; his great granddaughters, Erielle (Gladden) Dexter and her husband Steve of Central, MA, and Raluca Bezerra of Leominster, MA; his foster granddaughters, Priscilla (Mills) Scott and her husband Jesse of Barre, MA, and Buffy Joyal of Martinsville, VA; his foster great grandson, Jonathan Ela of Barre, MA; six remaining cousins all in their 90’s and one at age 101. Besides his parents Edward was predeceased by his wife, Helen Gladden on January 25, 2002; his son, Edward L. Gladden Jr on February 7, 1992; and 2 brothers, Willard Gladden in 1992 and Gerald Gladden in 2007. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. Interment will follow in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05476 or to the charity of one’s choice.
CARIBOU, MAINE – Leo G. “Goofy” McLaughlin, Jr.
, age 65, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, July 13, 2010, surrounded by his children at his daughter’s home in Enosburg Falls, VT. He was born July 30, 1944 in Caribou, ME the son of the late Leo G. McLaughlin Sr. & Lena Mae (Wilcox) McLaughlin. Leo was a mechanic by trade and also drove truck for many farmers in the area. Leo’s passions in life were his family, many friends and fishing which was his favorite pastime. He will be remembered for his willingness to always be there for anyone who needed his help. He is survived by 3 sons, Leo G. McLaughlin, III and his wife Karen of St. Albans, VT, Mark McLaughlin of Winooski, VT, Jason McLaughlin and his wife Jackie of Caribou, ME; 3 daughters and their husbands, Lisa & Richard Ouellette of Enosburg Falls, VT, Nicole & Stephen LeSuer, Jr of New Sweden, ME, and Denise & Gary Whitmore of Ashland, ME; 15 grandchildren, Shelley, Sierra, Heather, Courtney, Briana, Mark Jr., Lucas, Sebastian, Tyana, Brooklyn, Nakeisha, Richie, Jeremiah, Devin and Stephen III; 3 great grandchildren, Savanna, Damien and Kaylee; 2 sisters, Thelma Frost and Mavis Carson both of Woddland, ME; several nieces and nephews; also his childhood friend, Bud Skidgel of Caribou, ME. Besides his parents, Leo was predeceased by his 3 brothers, Freddy, Raymond & Charlie McLaughlin; and 6 sisters, Pricilla Drost, Mable Brown, Myrtle Sjoberg, Gretchen Murphy, Helen McShea, and Shirley DeMoura. Leo will be sadly missed and happily remembered by his family and many friends. Per Leo’s request there will be no funeral services or visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Leo’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities Maine, P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME. 04104-6060.
West Enosburgh - Gordon L. “Pete” Fletcher, Sr.
, 83, passed away Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Pete was born on May 25, 1927 in Bakersfield, the son of Winfred and Lottie (Ladue) Fletcher. He attended Enosburg Elementary School and married Catherine D. Paronto on June 19, 1950. A master electrician by trade, Pete was employed for 30 years at the Paper Mill in Sheldon. He had also done sugaring and haying with Patrick Vaillancourt. Pete enjoyed fishing, sports, dancing and, especially, hunting with his Canadian friends. In addition to his wife Catherine of West Enosburg, Pete is survived by a son, Gary L. Fletcher of Norfolk, VA; a daughter Susan Robitaille and her significant other Frank Garrow of North Troy; his grandchildren, Travis, Alisha and Becky Robitaille, Gary Fletcher, Jr., and Amanda Guinn; his great grandchildren, Calem James Robitaille, Abigial, Jasmin, Carmin, and Jai; his siblings, Wendell C. Fletcher and his significant other Ruth of Swanton, Roy Fletcher and his wife Judy of Auburn Hills, MI and Ruth Brouillette and her husband Albert of Honeybrook, PA; sisters-in-law, Linda Fletcher of Swanton and Edna Fletcher of London, KY; nieces and nephews. Pete was predeceased by a son, Gordon Fletcher, Jr. in 1992; 3 brothers, Bob Fletcher, Winfred Fletcher, Jr. and Tommy Fletcher; and a sister–in-law Betty Fletcher. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with the Rev. Jon P. Bly officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of Pete’s family at the Enosburgh Center Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Should friends desire, gifts in Pete’s memory may be made to the American Heart Assn, VT Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, age 67, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born at home in Fairfield on March 7, 1943 the daughter of the late Chester & Evelyn (Jacobs) Talcott. Bernice’s family was her pride and joy and she was a full time Mom until her children were grown. She baby sat for kids in her home for a few years and then she went to work at St. Albans Health Care & Rehab, where she was a LNA. She loved her work and all of the residents. Bernice gave her heart to all that she met. She loved her flowers and her flower gardens at her home. She is survived by her husband John W. Hutchins of Sheldon. Bernice and John were married on November 30, 1963. She is also survived by her children, John C. Hutchins of Swanton, Peter A. Hutchins and his wife Lorie of West Berkshire, Susie “Karen” S. (Hutchins) Reed and her husband Russell of Sheldon; her five wonderful grandchildren that she loved so very much, Brittany, Kristin, Melissa, Samantha, and Heather; her five sisters, Barbara Breton and her husband Norman of Southington, CT, Hazel Reed of Sheldon, Joyce Austin and her husband Avery of Sheldon , Sandra Austin and her husband Ballard of Swanton, and Linda Berry of Fairfield; her brother, David Talcott and his wife Jeannine of Fairfield; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Bernice was predeceased by her son, Thomas “Tommy” Hutchins; and 2 brothers-in-law, Kenneth Berry and David Reed. A memorial service will be held Monday July 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Sheldon United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Marguerite C. Gage officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Per Bernice’s request there will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Bernice’s memory may be made to the Sheldon United Methodist Church, C/O Nancy Martin, P.O. Box 66, Sheldon Springs, VT 05485.
East Berkshire – Mark Paul Emile Choquette
, age 45, passed away on Thursday evening, July 15, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Mark was born on August 11, 1964 in Newport, the son of Ernest and Louise (Robillard) Choquette. He was a 1982 graduate of North Country Union High School in Newport where he was an active member of the F.F.A. On September 21, 1985 Mark married Lisa Morse. Mark had been a dairy farmer all of his life. He first farmed in partnership with his parents in Newport Center and, in 1993, moved to East Berkshire to operate his own farm. Mark had a life-long love of farming, especially rotational grazing. Mark was a communicant of All Saints Church in Richford and was currently serving as Grand Knight of St. Anthony’s Council # 2610, Knights of Columbus. He served on the Berkshire School Board for 11 years and especially enjoyed sugaring and snowmobiling. In addition to his wife Lisa of East Berkshire and his parents of Newport Center, Mark is survived by his children Adam Choquette and his wife April and their daughter Katherine, Paul Choquette, Andrew Choquette and Elizabeth Choquette, all of East Berkshire; his brothers Jack Choquette and his wife Susan of Palo Alto, CA, Fred Choquette and his wife Sondra of Concord, NC. and Gary Choquette and his wife Lorm of Bangkok, Thailand; his sisters Lise Couture and her husband Daniel of East Montpelier, Jane Burroughs and her husband Peter of East Montpelier and Dr. Rose Kenney and her husband Christopher of Bend, OR; his sister-in-law, Sara LeBlanc and her husband Andre of Lowell; his mother-in-law, Annette Morse of Lowell; nieces and nephews. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave. in Enosburg Falls. Should friends desire, gifts in Mark’s memory may be made to the Mark Choquette Memorial Scholarship Fund for Agricultural Education, c/o K of C, attn. John Chalifoux, 41 Wightman Hill Rd., Richford, VT 05476.
, 79, of Montgomery Center passed away on Wednesday morning, July 28, 2010 at St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center with her family at her side. Betty was born on August 28, 1930 in Montgomery Center, the daughter of Reed and Mildred (Lumbra) Manosh. She was married to Sterling Willard Johnson. Sterling passed away on August 11, 1993. In her earlier years, Betty worked at Jay Peak and ran the bar at the Wedel Inn. She was also a homemaker who especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Betty enjoyed skiing, walking and working outside. She was a member of the Montgomery Baptist Church. Betty is survived by her sons and their wives, Kent Johnson and his wife Julie Singleton of Essex and Kurt and Lisa Johnson of Enosburg; her grandchildren, Nathan Allen Johnson, Emily Margaret Johnson, Colin Francis Johnson and Mitchell Brandon Johnson; her brother Carl Manosh and his wife Nancy of FL; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Sterling, Betty was predeceased by her sister Colleen Leavitt. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Should friends desire, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the Montgomery Fire Dept., PO Box 356., Montgomery Center, VT 05471.
Richford, VT / Cowansville, Que. – William A. Rogerson
, age 90, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec. He was born in Richford, VT on December 19, 1919 the son of the late William & Winifred (Atkins) Rogerson. William was a resident of Richford most of his life. He entered the U.S. Air Force serving during WWII. He retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad after many years of employment as the Station Master. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 12 of Richford and the Richford Lions Club. Bill was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed playing in his younger years. He is survived by his wife, Arline (Ingalls) Rogerson of Abercorn, Quebec. William & Arline were married on August 13, 1977. He is also survived by his step-children, Gerald Bleser and his wife Francine of Sutton, Que, Lynne Bleser of Abercorn, Que, Joan Bleser of Abercorn, Que., and Cathy Bleser of Wolcott, VT; his step-grandchildren, Alyssa, Nicholas & Joshua Bleser, Jessica & Adam Deziel; his step great grandchildren, Tamica & Mia Deziel, and Maxim Moreau; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Rogerson; and nieces and nephews, Christine Crossman, Michael Crossman, John Rogerson, and Alfred Rogerson. Besides his parents, William was predeceased by his brother, John Rogerson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Richford United Methodist Church, River St., Richford, VT with Rev. Herman Benjamin officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Richford, VT Visiting hours will be held Friday from 2-4 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford, VT For those who wish, contributions in William’s memory may be made to the Richford American Legion, 35 River Street, Richford, VT 05476
, age 74, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, July 30, 2010 with his wife Maxine and his favorite “girls” Maddie, Mitzie & Mocha at his side. He was born April 18, 1936 in Montgomery the son of the late, George & Doris (Rushford) Sylvester. Keith was raised in Montgomery and attended Enosburg Falls High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. He then went to work for New England Selective Breeding in Woodbridge, CT and Eastern Breeders. He moved back to Vermont where he owned and operated a farm in Georgia and also owned and operated the Georgia General Store which he sold in 1978. He then became a truck driver for several area trucking companies including R.L. Vallee from which he retired in 2000. Keith was a true truck driver loving every minute he drove. He was an avid NASCAR fan with his favorite driver being Jeff Gordon. Keith loved to spend time in his garage with his sons helping them work on their vehicles. He is survived by his wife, Maxine (Robtoy) Sylvester of West Enosburg. Keith and Maxine were married January 1, 1997. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, Mike & Diana Sylvester of East Fairfield, Cheryl Sylvester of Fairfax, Gary & Angela Sylvester of St. Albans, and Keith K. Sylvester of Swanton; his step-children and their spouses, Jesse & Krystal Bosley of Grove City, OH, Stephanie & Josh Fischer of Fairbanks, AK, and Ellen & Landon Stebbins of Sheldon; his grandchildren, Christopher Sylvester, Kevin Sylvester Raychel Sylvester, Lynsey Sylvester, Jason Marsha and a very special granddaughter who considered Keith “Dad”, Ashley Fournier and her husband Joe; a special great granddaughter, Madeleine Fournier; step grandchildren, Mia & Noah Bosley; His sister, Charlene Plouff of Enosburg Falls; his brothers and their wives, Larry & Jeannean Sylvester of Enosburg Falls, and Ronald & Jeannette Sylvester of Montgomery Center; a sister-in-law, Beverly Sylvester of Franklin; several nieces and nephews; his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Wayne & Joan Robtoy of West Enosburg; several brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law. Besides his parents, Keith was predeceased by his brothers, Wilbur Max Sylvester and Wayne G. Sylvester Sr.; a special aunt and her husband, Hazel & Joe Clokey and their sons, Roger & Douglas Clokey Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the West Enosburg Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Keith’s memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, C/O Cindy Lowell, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657 or to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 83, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Our Lady of the Meadows – St. Joseph’s Unit in Richford with his family at his side. Ernest has been a resident of Our Lady of the Meadows for the past 10 months where the staff has been especially helpful to his family who are very thankful for the special care provided to him. He was born November 19, 1926 in St. Albans Bay, VT the son of the late Georges & Corana (Paquette) Benoit. Ernest attended Highgate Elementary School. He purchased a farm in Enosburg Falls in 1951 which he operated for 10 years. He then became a barn equipment distributor in Franklin County and surrounding areas for Lajoie, Clay & Dynavent companies for 25 years retiring in 1987. Ernest was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He enjoyed vacationing with his family and fishing with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a compassionate person who was always ready to lend a hand. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fernande (Lataille) Benoit of Enosburg Falls. Ernest & Fernande were married October 6, 1951. He is also survived by his children, Carole Benoit of Swanton, and Michael Benoit of Burlington; his grandson, Jason Doe his fiancée Shawna Vincent of Berkshire and his son, Jacob Sandvil; 2 brothers, Andre Benoit and his wife Marie Blanche of Chicopee, MA, and Claude Benoit of Quebec; 2 sisters, Helene Benoit of St. Bridget, Que., and Georgette Benoit and her husband Yvon Marcotte of Farnham, Que.; a sister-in-law, Therese Benoit of Cowansville, Que; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ernest was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kristen A. Doe on March 24, 2005; his siblings, Alma Benoit and her husband Roland Delorme, Maria Benoit and her husband Gaston Robitaille, Cecile Brian and her husband Cesaire, Albert Benoit, Clement Benoit, Yvonne Laroche and her husband Roland, Jeannette Benoit, Jacques Benoit, Marcel Paquette and Germaine Benoit Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Friends and relatives are invited to gather prior to the Mass at the Spears Funeral Home on Saturday from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM Visiting hours will be held Friday evening from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Ernest’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, VT Chapter, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641-4124.
Montgomery Center, VT – Chantal L. Pothier
, age 50, passed away, peacefully, at her home in Montgomery Center on Tuesday afternoon August 10, 2010, surrounded by her loving friends and family. Chantal was born on November 11, 1959 in Newport, VT the daughter of Bruno and Therese (Savoie) Pothier of Enosburg. Chantal was well known as the owner of The Belfry Restaurant & Pub in Montgomery Center. She had worked there for 12 years prior to purchasing The Belfry in October of 1999. Chantal had a passion for life and a love of people. Her door was always open and she enjoyed entertaining, hosting and cooking. She loved family functions, doing new and different things, playing softball, being out of doors, camping, gardening and traveling. Chantal is survived by her husband, Marty Lumbra of Montgomery Center; her daughter, Journey Snoke of Montgomery Center; her son Joseph Snoke of Lancaster, OH; her father Bruno Pothier of Enosburg Falls; 2 brothers, Real Pothier and his partner Gary Bergeron of Richmond and Benoit Pothier and his wife Rita of Enosburg Falls; 2 sisters, Josee Pothier and her partner Debbi Fisher of Franklin and Carole Volaric and her husband Vasko of Sterling, VA; nieces and nephews. Chantal was predeceased by her mother, Therese (Savoie) Pothier on May 5, 2010. A celebration of Chantal’s life will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM at the Montgomery Grange Hall. Friends are also welcome and encouraged to call on Saturday August 14, 2010 from 1-4 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave. Enosburg Falls. Contributions in Chantal’s memory may be made to the Montgomery Food Pantry, P.O. Box 184, Montgomery, VT 05470.
, 72, a resident of Federal Street in St. Albans, passed away on Saturday morning, August 14, 2010 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab. Center, following a short illness. Eldridge was born on February 4, 1938 in Rumford, ME the son of Eldridge Henry and Anita (Roy) Knox. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1956 – 1962. Eldridge enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. Surviving are his wife, Alice Doris (Allain) Knox of St. Albans; 2 sons Eldridge David Knox of Swanton and Kenneth M. Knox of Springvale, ME; a granddaughter Kali Miranda Knox of Springvale; a brother Robert “Bill” Knox of MA; a sister Nancy Knox of Wilmington, MA; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Eldridge was predeceased by a son Robert Knox and 2 sisters Lola Belanger and Delores Archambault. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August19,2010 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Richford. Friends are invited to call at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 AM Should friends desire, gifts in Eldridge’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
ST. ALBANS / FAIRFAX – Lorraine Lavinia Towle
, age 91, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her loving family at her side. She was born June 26, 1919 in Franklin the daughter of the late Hiram S. & Inez E. (Westcot) Willard. Lorraine was a resident of St. Albans from 1948 until 2005 when she made her home with her daughter in Fairfax. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans. She was employed at W.T. Grants in St. Albans for many years. Lorraine enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making clothes for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Arlan “Skip” Towle III and his wife Ann of Essex Jct.; 2 daughters, Calista and her husband Chreston Rabtoy of Fairfax, and Bernice and her husband Dr. William Leahy of St. Albans; her grandchildren, Calinda Turner and her husband Bruce, Joseph Belisle and his companion Debbie, Alissa (Towle) Rollins and her husband Michael, Amanda (Towle) Houlier, Sarah Leahy, and Craig Leahy and his wife Shannon; her great grandchildren, Scott & Kevin Turner, Jared & Jade Rollins, Regis & Juliette Houlier, Ryker & Macayla Leahy, and Gavin & Eathan Collingham; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, Arlan S. “Red” Towle Jr. on February 13, 2000. Lorraine & Red were married on July 9, 1942. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Esther Kinney & Hyla Gates Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the East Franklin Union Church, Lake Road, East Franklin with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to Care Partners, 34 Franklin Park West, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, 82, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on June 14, 1928 in Richford, the son of Elijah J. and Flossie Mae (Britch) White. On October 19, 1946 he married Anna L. Thompson. Bob began working at the age of 17 at Atlas Plywood in Richford. While residing in Brattleboro, he worked for Cersosimo Lumber Co. in their lumber and logging operation as a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and mechanic. From the mid seventies through the early eighties, Bob was a mechanic for Boucher Farm Equipment in Highgate. Following his retirement in 1985, Bob continued his love of tinkering and fixing small engines as well as neighborhood children’s bikes and toys. A master wood craftsman, Bob enjoyed creating wooden lawn ornaments, frames and children’s toys. Throughout his lifetime, Bob enjoyed farming, fishing, camping and gardening. In addition to his wife Anna (Thompson) White of Enosburgh, Bob is survived by 2 daughters, Polly White and her companion Andy Benoit of Richford and Robin Gilpin and her husband Matthew of Enosburgh; his grandchildren, Laurie and her husband Elmer, Paul, Dennis and his wife Winnie, Connie and her husband Bobby, Tonya and her husband William, Anna and her husband Pat, Adam, Bobbie and her husband Neil, MJ and his friend Tammie, Jessie, Kimmy and Jasmine; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; his sisters, Geraldine “Tinny” Britch of Colchester, Shirley “Maggie” Britch and Carol Britch and her husband Steve all of CA; several nieces and nephews; and a daughter-in-law, Lorna White of Highgate. Bob was predeceased by a son, John White and a brother-in-law, Edwin “Tinker” Britch. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Maple Grove Cemetery on the Middle Road in Franklin. There are no calling hours planned. Should friends desire, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Rd., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
, age 57, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday evening August 25, 2010 at her home with her loving family at her side after enduring a long 10 year battle with endometrial cancer. She was born September 22, 1952 in St. Albans the daughter of Shirley (Goodhue) Mudgett and the late Frederick Mudgett. Monica graduated from Richford High School in 1970. She continued her education and earned her Associates Degree in Child Development at Community College of Vermont. She married her high school sweetheart John C. Legault on September 4, 1971 and they had three children which they raised in the family home in Richford and enjoyed many happy years. Together Monica and John worked side by side for 10 years farming. Their life together brought many challenges as health issues entered. Their love for each other and their bond with God carried them through many ordeals. Monica’s greatest achievement was fulfilled in her lifetime, that of being a wife, mother and grandmother. This was evident throughout her life as she always put her family first and foremost as she displayed her caring heart and ways along with her love laughter and joy. The job that fulfilled her dreams was working at the Franklin Central School. For to her this was not a job but a second home. The minute she walked through the doors she would always stop and whisper a little prayer, “God help me to see the children through your eyes and not through mine”. It was evident that God honored this for she was drawn to the children like a magnet and they to her. Through her final stages of this journey, Monica was surrounded by love through her family, friends, pastor and church family. She was under a Caring Bridge website which she always would look forward to seeing her caring entries that were made to help her through the journey that she was on. She always found this very uplifting. We want to thank family and friends for their genuine care that helped her in transitioning through this journey. Monica leaves behind by her husband of 39 years, John Legault of Berkshire;; her children, Kimberly Legault-Forty and her husband Matthew of Franklin, Tracie Hammond and her husband Scott of Tampa, FL, and Michael Legault and his wife Angie of Berkshire; her grandchildren that always brought her joy and made her smile, Ryan Legault and Ethan Legault; and 3 beloved step grandchildren, Brett, Colin & Kyle Hammond. She also leaves behind her mother, Shirley Mudgett of Richford; her five siblings and their spouses, Debra & Louie Hardy of Berkshire, Nancy & James Jewett of Franklin, Michael & Pam Mudgett of Bakersfield, Terry & Brent Martin of Bangor, ME, and Faith & Kenny Johnson of Franklin; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins. Also many very dear and special friends that we will not name in fear of leaving someone out. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Richford 1st Baptist Church, School St., Richford with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be private and held at the convenience of the family Monica envisioned a Blue Light Candle Campaign encouraging prayer for people experiencing a journey that was similar to hers. To hear of the places that these candles were being lit, even in other countries, gave her a sense of warmth in her heart to know that many prayers were being said for many and that was her hope. Monica has asked that a fund called Monica’s Blue Candle of Hope be established to help children attend Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Her family encourages that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to Monica’s Blue Candle of Hope C/O Spears Funeral Home, P.O. Box 396, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
passed from this earth on September 4th, 2010 into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, and has been reunited with her parents, Malcolm and Lillian Gibson after awaiting this event for many years. Pruella was born in Richford on April 1st, 1913 and always enjoyed telling folks that she was an April Fool. Pruella retired from the Richford School Systems in 1976. She initially taught in Wisconsin and eventually began her Vermont teaching venture in Franklin, completing 39 years in education. Upon her retirement, she assumed the role of managing the local Meals on Wheels program. As part of her commitment to bettering the community, she started the local Hometown Follies of Richford that has financially supported the local meals program ever since. She is well remembered for her love and care of others and leaves precious cousins and friends. She always had a story to tell of her many of life’s adventures bringing joy to those around her. Many thanks to the staff at Franklin County Rehab who have supported her since she moved there nearly 7 years ago. She brought joy to them, as they did to her. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010 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 the Hillside Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.
, 92, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. Born, Oct. 7, 1917, to Frederick Henry and Lena May (Davis) Eldred in Enosburg, VT. Predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Myrtle Eola Titemore and Gyneth May Saulters, and her husband, Cloyd “Merton” Smith, Helen is survived by her son, Bruce (Mary Walter) Alan Smith of Cortland, NY, her step-son, David (Lorraine) Walter Smith of Carmel, NY, and many cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Helen, having degrees from Enosburg Falls High School (1934), Johnson Normal School (1936), Castleton Teachers College (1960), SUNY Cortland (1963) and Syracuse University (1973), was an educator for 45 years, teaching elementary grades in Franklin, Sheldon Springs, Monkton, and Addison in VT and in the Campus School in Cortland, NY and teaching / supervising student teachers for the State University of New York at Cortland. There will be a brief memorial service at 2:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 11th at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT preceding the interment in the Enosburgh Center cemetery.
, 56, passed away Monday September 6, 2010 at the St. Albans Health Care & Rehab facility in St. Albans with her family at her side. She was born in St. Albans, June 28, 1954 the daughter of Fred & Anna Reed and at the age of one month June was adopted by Arthur & Louise Doe. June loved taking care of kids and made that her career for most of her life; she especially loved to take care of her grandchildren, Dakota & Chyenne Malin. She was a vibrant woman who loved her family very much. She loved to cook at family gatherings. She was well known and well liked by many and had many, many friends. June was a member and held the office of Historian of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #42 of Enosburg Falls. She is survived by her significant other, Kelly Dinsmore of Berkshire; her adoptive mother, Louise Doe of Richford; her children, SSG Anthony Mercure and his wife Christina of Ft. Carson, CO., Daniel Mercure and his wife Holly of Sheldon, and Celeste Malin of Richford; Kelly’s son, Mike Dinsmore of Morrisville; her grandchildren, Dakota Malin, Chyenne Malin, Victoria “Dove” Mercure, Blake Mercure, and Hailee “Boo” Mercure; her siblins, Carol Tatro and her husband Ricky of St. Albans, Barbara Bovat of Alburg, Annette Reed of White River Jct., Stanley Reed of Huntington, Alfred Reed and his wife Sue of Sheldon, and Charles Reed of Burlington; her adoptive siblings, Hibbard Doe and his wife Claire of Richford, and Francis Doe of Canaan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her biological parents, Fred & Anna Reed; and her adoptive father, Arthur Doe. Funeral services will be held Friday September 10, 2010 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 the Richford Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5-7 PM from at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main Street, Richford. For those wish, contributions in June’s memory may be made to Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, lost her valiant two-year battle with leukemia on September 6th, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Wayne and Joan (Raine) Robtoy on October 13th, 1958 at Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans. She grew up in West Enosburg and graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1976. She worked for 26 years at Fonda in St. Albans. After the plant closed, she worked at Eveready for two years until her health forced her to retire. In her free time, Wanda enjoyed spending time baking, working in her flower garden, taking photographs, spending time with her dog, Izzy and especially spending time with her grandchildren. On May 4th, 1980, Wanda married her beloved husband, Charlie Fecteau. Together they raised their beautiful daughter, Shannon of Enosburg; their wonderful son, Luc of Enosburg; and their “adopted” daughter, Colleen (Gregoire) Gervais and her husband Clement of Enosburg. She was “Mammie” to Shannon's daughters: Delaney and Jaiden Carr, and was “Grammie” to Colleen's daughters: Allison, Emily, and Megan Gervais. Besides her husband, children, and granddaughters, Wanda also leaves behind her loving parents, Wayne and Joan Robtoy of West Enosburg, and six siblings and their spouses: Anthony and Jeanne Robtoy of Colorado Springs, CO, Dixie and Steven Martin of Waterbury, Maxine Sylvester of West Enosburg, Shelly and Jerry Charboneau of St. Albans, Philip and Lisa Robtoy of West Enosburg, and Trudy and Tom Bryce of Enosburg Falls. In addition, she leaves Charlie's siblings: Roger and Chrissy Fecteau of Richford, Greg and Patty Fecteau of Shelburne, and Robin Fecteau of Shelburne. Also mourning the loss of a favorite relative is a huge extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, in addition to countless friends. Wanda was pre-deceased by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Beulah (Lumbra) Raine; her paternal grandparents, Adelphis and Ruth (Ovitt) Robtoy; and her brother-in-law Keith Sylvester. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. Visiting hours will be held at the Spears Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-8 PM Contributions in Wanda's name may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, C/O Cindy Lowell, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT. 05657 or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478 Wanda’s family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Thomas, his staff, the nurses and staff on Shepardson 4 at Fletcher Allen Health Care for the compassionate care given to Wanda.
, age 94, passed away Monday morning September 13, 2010 at the St. Albans Health Care & Rehab Center. She was born November 9, 1915 in Enosburgh, VT. the daughter of the late Philo & Cora (Orr) Stanley. She attended Enosburg Falls High School graduating in 1933 and then attended the University of Vermont 1933-1937 graduating Cum Laude as well as earning two Master Degrees, ME and MAT. She was also a member Phi Beta Kappa. She served in US Navy from 1943-1947 receiving and honorable discharge with the rank of LT Commander. She then taught Math for 38 years, first at Brigham Academy in Bakersfield from 1937-1943 and then at Milton High School from 1944-1975 when she retired. She was a member of United Methodist Women of the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, WAVES National, Delta Kappa Gamma, Order Eastern Star Martha Washington Chapter #44, Daughters of the American Revolution Capt. Jedediah Hyde Chapter, and the Vermont Retired Teacher Association. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Adams of Rutland, and Jean Spaulding of Lenni, PA; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday September 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the Enosburgh Center Cemetery. At Patricia’s request there will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Patricia’s memory may be made to Enosburgh Center Cemetery Association, C/O Melissa St. Pierre, 2201 Grange Hall Rd. , Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, age 61, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. Rene was born June 2, 1949 in Berkshire, VT the son of the late Marcel A. & Lucille (Laroche) Martel. He attended Berkshire Elementary School and graduated from Kaiserslautern High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He entered the U.S. Army serving from 1970 to 1973. He then re-enlisted in the Army serving from 1974 to 1995 receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of 1SG. During Rene’s tour in Vietnam he received the Bronze Star. Rene enjoyed making and flying R/C Planes, flying, and riding motorcycles and snowmobiles. He is survived by his wife Rebbecca (Leonard ) Martel of Richford. Rene & Becky were married in San Francisco, Ca on January 27, 1974. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Jane & Germaine Laroche of Freedom, NY, Joseph & Diane Martel of Richford, and Lorraine & Richard Bourassa of Colchester; several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Rene’s wishes there will be no funeral services or visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Rene’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, Given E213, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405.
, 66, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at her home in South Richford with her loving family at her side. She was born in Dunkin, Quebec, Canada March 19, 1944, the daughter of the late Loren and Belle (Searles) Fuller. She was a longtime resident of Richford and enjoyed spending time with family and many friends; she especially loved time with her grandchildren – Jessie, Trever, Samantha, Christopher, Madison, Thomas, Alex and Aiden and her great grandson Odin. Melba was dedicated to her family and took great pride in watching their accomplishments through the years. She was an avid sports fan, enjoyed feeding the wild birds that frequented her home, took great enjoyment in watching the Food Network and her many chats with Marilyn and other visitors. Spending winters in Florida with her friend Dianne was something she always looked forward to and brought her great joy. A simple woman, Melba loved life and family. She is survived by her children, Michael Fuller of Richford, Eugene “George” Ryea Jr. and his wife, Holly, of Richford, Alan Ryea and his wife, Sarily, of Milton, Stacey (Ryea) St. Onge and her husband Randall of Montgomery, and Jody Ryea and his fiancé, Annie Stetson, of Richford; brothers Walter Fuller of Brownville Jct., ME and Bruce Fuller and his wife Sharon of Richford; sisters-in-law Jean Fuller and Bonnie Ellis of Richford; her beloved grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Eugene “Jug” Ryea Sr.; sisters Josephine Boyce and her husband Errol and Beverly Mercy and her husband John; brothers Lloyd “Pug” Fuller and Lyle “Shag” Fuller; and sister-in-law Ardis Fuller. I keeping with Melba’s wishes there will be no calling hours and her life was celebrated at a graveside service on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Richford Center Cemetery. For those wish, contributions in Melba’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, Suite 1, St. Albans, VT 05478
“Gone but not forgotten” FRANKLIN – Evelyn G. Boudreau, age 79, passed away peacefully from this life on Thursday morning September 30, 2010 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. She was born in East Highgate, VT on October 7, 1930, the daughter of the late Frank & Gladys (Greenwood) Boudreau. Evelyn was a resident of Franklin for over 40 years. She enjoyed crocheting. Evelyn will be remembered as being a loving sister, aunt & friend. She is survived by her sister, Matilda “Tillie” Vantilborgh of Cowansville, Quebec; her brother, Philip Boudreau of Fairfield, VT & Summerfield, FL. Evelyn was a loving aunt to a niece and five nephews. She also leaves many grandnieces and grandnephews as well as great grandnieces and great grandnephews. A Graveside service will be held Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Lamkin St., Highgate Center. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the Franklin Carriage House, 142 Homestead Dr., Franklin, VT 05457.
, “Our Little Angel” infant daughter of Theresa Wootton & Phillip Walker passed away Monday October 4, 2010 at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. Hope was born March 19, 2010 in Burlington. Hope was a fighter for the past 6 months. She had the most beautiful blues eyes to stare in too and loved to hold her parents hands. She is survived by her parents, Theresa Wootton and Phillip Walker; her brother, Damian Walker; paternal grandmother, Kathy Walker all of Enosburg Falls; maternal grandmother, Ellen Bussell of Bakersfield; maternal grandfather, Wayne Lamonda of Middlebury; maternal great grandmothers, Theresa Hayden of Burlington, and Rose Wootton of St. Albans; paternal great grandparents, Herbert & Rose Walker of Richford; several aunts, uncles & cousins. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with pastor Lyle Willey officiating.
Franklin – Robert J. “Uncle Bobby” Pierce
died on October 6, 2010 in St. Albans at the age of 97. The second of 5 brothers, he was born in Franklin on August 2, 1913, the son of Elbridge Leon and Mabel (Morgan) Pierce. “Uncle Bobby’s” early years were spent on the family farm in Franklin. Later, he moved to MA where he operated the John A. Sessions Dairy Farm in Hadley. In 1988, he moved back to his home town of Franklin where he generously devoted his time to assisting his niece and nephew, with labor and wisdom, in the operation of the E.K. Pierce Family Farm. While farming he always used the latest labor saving equipment, for example, he had a milking parlor well before such innovations were common in Vermont. “Uncle Bobby” liked to call himself a “thinking Republican”, “ fiscally conservative and socially liberal”. He was a believer in the “Death with Dignity” initiative which he had hoped would become law in his lifetime. Robert was, even in his latest years, well aware of international, national and local news. He read the daily and always had a wise, common sense understanding of events. Robert was the historian of former townspeople for the Pierce Family. He was always keen to tell of relatives, their accomplishments and exploits and the Pierce family connections to their families. There were many quaint, humorous and poignant anecdotes in the history of the town. Robert became the patriarch of the Pierce family, outliving, by many years, his 4 brothers. His indigenous wisdom was offered, but never imposed on anyone. He was the soul of modesty and dignity and all of his Pierce relatives saw him as a role model for aging gracefully. About 15 years ago, Robert started an annual family reunion event around Labor Day. Pierce relatives, both distant and close, including Robert’s son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren from MA came faithfully to the get-together at Lake Carmi. The annual reunion tradition continues to this day and will continue into the future. Robert faithfully delivered Meals on Wheels to the “old folks” in town until his 90th birthday. He insisted on living alone, in his own home, until an injury required hospitalization 2 weeks before his death. Robert was a director of Porter-Phelps-Huntington Foundation, Inc. for many years as well as a director and building committee chairman of the Franklin Homestead, Inc., a past board member of the Planning Commission in Franklin and a delegate for DHIA and Eastern Artificial Insemination. Robert is survived by his son, Billy Jacobs and wife, Elizabeth of Colrain, MA; granddaughters Cynthia Forbes and her husband Ron and their children Kate and Amy and Wendy Jacobs; 13 nieces and nephews and several great and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane (Hackett) Pierce on June 22, 1972. They were married April 8, 1949. He was also predeceased by his brothers Charles, Elbridge, Philip and Winston. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Felco Room at the Franklin Homestead. Interment will take place at the convenience of Robert’s family in the Franklin Village Cemetery. Should friends desire, gifts in Robert’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478. Robert’s family would like to thank his friends and neighbors who helped keep his driveway and walk clear of snow, his lawn mowed and his newspapers delivered to his doorstep. Uncle Bobby’s fondest wish was to remain at home and these kindnesses helped realize his wish.
, age 49, passed away Thursday evening, October 14, 2010 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. She was born May 19, 1961 in Northbridge, MA the daughter of Roger Ladieu and the late Marilyn (White) Ladieu. Mary graduated from Richford High School. She made her home in Richford with her three sons until she became disabled 13 years ago, at which point she made her home at the Holiday House and then the Franklin County Rehab Facility where the staff was considered her family too. Mary enjoyed baking, reading romance novels, lilac trees, going on nature walks and most of all spending time with her boys. She is survived by her sons, Thomas Tracy and his wife Tina of Richford, Matthew Tracy of Richford, & Anthony Tracy and his wife Penny of Berkshire; her grandchildren, Tristina, Matthew, Jasmine, Hayley & Skyler; her father, Roger Ladieu and his wife Connie of Alburgh; her siblings, Michael Ladieu of Highgate, Gary Ladieu and his wife Theresa of Swanton, Susan Tracy and her husband Patrick, Debra Steinhour and her husband David all of Richford, and Jeffrey Ladieu and his wife Louise of St. Albans; several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her mother, Marilyn (White) Ladieu; and her sister, Marcia Schneider. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
NEWPORT, NH / WEST BERKSHIRE, VT – Bruce Irving Chaffee
, age 72, passed away Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Summerset Assisted Living Facility in Newport, NH where Bruce made his home for the last 4 years. Bruce was born February 17, 1938 in Morrisville, VT the son of the late Irving Donald & Genevieve (Roberts) Chaffee. Bruce was a 1955 graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force serving during Vietnam. Bruce's photo and name are on the Wall of Honor for the Berkshire soldiers in the East Berkshire Historical Building. He was employed at LaValley’s Building Supply in Newport for 33 years retiring in 2000. Bruce enjoyed playing the piano, reading, playing games, especially cribbage and as a young man, bowling. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post # 808 He is survived by a daughter, Deanna Lavoie and her husband Andrew of Merrimack, NH, and a son, Mark Chaffee of Northfield, NH, a daughter, Brenda Bickford, and sons, Michael and Peter Chaffee all of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandsons; a sister and her husband, Pamela & John Colburn of Enosburg Falls, VT; a brother, Robert Chaffee of Woburn, MA; a sister-in-law, Diane Chaffee of Berkshire; several nieces and nephews. Bruce was predeceased by his father, Irving Chaffee of April 9, 1997; his mother, Genevieve Chaffee on October 25, 1997; and his brother, David Chaffee on November 8, 2009; and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT. Interment followed in the family lot at the West Berkshire Cemetery, West Berkshire Rd., Berkshire, VT. Visiting hours were held Monday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls, VT For those who wish, contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to West Berkshire Cemetery Association, C/O Pamela Colburn, 144 Elm Street, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
NORTHFIELD / BELVIDERE - Kermet Justin “Pa” Eldred Jr.
, age 60, went to be with the Lord Saturday October 23, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington surrounded by his loving family after fighting courageously a long illness. He was born in Burlington November 28, 1949 the son of Beverly (Casavant) Eldred and the late Kermet J. Eldred Sr. Kermet was a kind, honest, fair and family oriented person. If he told you something he would follow it with “Gospel”. A loving, tender hearted father who did the best he could with what he had and always wanted the best for his kids and was supportive during hard times. He was always concerned with everyone getting along reminding them to “forgive & forget”. He was a practical joker, a trait he passed on to his children & grandchildren. He was professional in the art of garage saleing and had a knack for getting the price he wanted. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing, watching western movies especially John Wayne, riding around with his Mt. Dew, snickers bars and CB at his side. Kermet was a born again Christian, a member of the Mountain View Tabernacle Church in Belvidere where he had also played the organ, and was a member of the Belvidere Cemetery Association. He is survived by his mother who he talked to daily, Beverly Eldred of Belvidere; his children and their families, Kermet “Justin” Eldred III and his wife Gaberiel of Colebrook, NH, Kevin “Beef” Eldred Sr. his wife Kelly and his children, Kevin Jr, Jamie, Tarren & Hannah of Canaan, Jennifer Eldred her fiancé Shawn Sweatt and her children, Tucker & Tobin Jackson of Stewartstown, NH, and Jessica McAllaster her husband Paul and their children Aidan, Kala Brooke of Stewartstown, NH; his first wife, mother of his children & friend, Cindy Therrien of Pittsburgh, NH; his brother, Artie Tanner of Belvidere; his sisters and their husbands, Beverly & Neale Brown of Colchester, Darleen & Ed Sherrer of Portland, ME, Debbie & Wes Wimberley of Selah, WA, Pammy & John Lyzanchuk of Yakima, WA, and Valery & Lee Gabbeitt of So. Burlington. Numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins that were all very special to him. Also his close and special friends including, Mark & Terri, Pat & Gary, Wayne & Evelyn. Besides his father, Kermet was predeceased by his wife, Cheryl (Steinhour) Eldred. Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Mountain View Tabernacle Church, VT Route 109, Belvidere. Interment will follow in the Belvidere Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Kermet’s memory may be made to the Belvidere Cemetery Association, C/O Juanita Brown, 3958 VT Route 109, Belvidere, VT 05442.
, 76, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton with his loving wife at his side. Bob was born on February 4, 1934 in Fairfax, the son of Wilfred and Ada (Greenia) LaRochelle. In his early years, Bob farmed and worked on bridge construction for the Case & Warner Co. Later, Bob worked as a logger with Bob Fletcher. Bob was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Enosburg Falls and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed working outdoors and landscaping, gardening and walking. He was always happy, had a great sense of humor and was a joker and a “picker”. Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Patterson) LaRochelle whom he married February 22, 1992; his children, Roberto LaRochelle and his girlfriend Tabitha of St. Johnsbury, Leslie LaRochelle and his wife Jennifer of East Hardwick, Shayne LaRochelle of Greensboro and a daughter Lisa Ann; his grandchildren Dustin Lacey, Akyra LaRochelle, Travis Priest, Lesshawn LaRochelle and Derrick LaRochelle; his sisters, Pauline Sauve and her husband Art of Grand Isle, Edith Graves of Sheldon Springs, and Judy Parsons of Winooski; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a son Matthew LaRochelle; 2 sisters, Rita Irish and Martha Sweeney; and a brother, Wilfred “Bunny” LaRochelle killed in action during the Korean War. Funeral services will be held Friday November 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Lukes Cemetery in Fairfax. A time of visitation will b held Friday from 9:30 AM to 10:45AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Should friends desire, gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, VT Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr, Suite 120, Williston, VT 05495-4031.
MONTGOMERY CENTER - Eva Cecile (Lortie) Lumbra
, age 79, passed away following her battle with cancer Thursday October 28, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born October 7, 1931 in Berkshire, the daughter of the late Alfred and Rose Alma (Dufresne) Lortie. She attended school in Montgomery and graduated from Richford High School. She worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut and upon returning to Vermont after several years of being a full time mom became a cook and teacher’s aide at the Montgomery Elementary School. She retired in 1999. She was a member of St. Isidores Catholic Church. Her volunteer work included being a religious education teacher for over 40 years, the treasurer of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a member of the St. Theresa’s and St. Anne’s Societies. She enjoyed her Wednesday card club, spending time with her grandkids, the Boston Red Sox and the Sunday afternoon lunches with her family. She is survived by her children, Ronnie Lumbra his wife Mitzi and their children Casi & Evan of Rye, NY, Lori Stewart and her husband Ryan and their children Darian & Samantha of Lyndon and Gary Lumbra and his wife Bobbi Jo and their children, Colby Tanner, Isaac, Emily & Natalie of Montgomery Center, a sister-in-law, Lorraine Gillis of Montgomery Center; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by the love of her life, Ronald Lumbra of Montgomery Center on May 13, 2010. Ronald & Eva were married August 8, 1949. She was also predeceased by her two sisters Theresa Lumbra & her husband Roy and Mary Bonnett & her husband Edward. Funeral services will be held Saturday November 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. Isidores Catholic Church, Mountain Road, Montgomery Center with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Isidores Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Eva’s memory may be made to St. Isidore’s Catholic Church, PO Box 388, Montgomery Center, VT 05471.
ST. ALBANS / ENOSBURG FALLS – Edward Albert Billow
, age 81, passed away Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. He was born July 4, 1929 in Enosburgh the son of the late Albert & Frances (Geraw) Billow. Eddie was a resident of St. Albans since 1982 and was a former resident of Enosburg Falls. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post # 42 of Enosburg Falls and the V.F.W. Robert Glidden Post # 758 of St. Albans. He was employed for the Village of Enosburg Falls for many years. Eddie enjoyed fishing, hunting, going for rides, and breakfast at the Dairy Center. He is survived by his sons and their wives, Tony & Linda Billow of St. Albans, and Scott & Theresa Billow of Richford; 2 grandchildren, Nathan Champaine & Ridge Cook. Besides his parents, Eddie was predeceased by a daughter, Tina Marie Billow; a son, Danny Billow; a brother, Arlin Billow, a half brother, Fred Billow; and a half sister, Shirley French. Military honors will be accorded Eddie at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Eddie’s memory may be made to Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405
- On October 30, 2010 our beloved father, and devoted husband Bruce E. King Sr. went on to be with our Lord. Bruce was born on May 5, 1942 to Hartland E. King, and Lorraine (Magoon) King who predeceased him. On June 10, 1961 he married Berta L. (Balentine) King who survives him. They were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 2011. Bruce Sr. and Berta made their home in Sheldon where they had 5 wonderful children. He leaves behind his sons Bruce E. King Jr. and his friend Patty of Sheldon, VT, Jonathon L. King of Surf City, NC, Michael J. King of Sheldon, VT, Andrew A. King and his wife Miranda of Highgate, VT, and his only daughter Sara L. King of Sheldon, VT. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Ryan, Andrew, Steven, Nicholas, Kristina, Isaac, Josie, Emily, Jacob, and Stefan. He is also survived by an older brother Alan, and wife Eleanor of Westfield, NJ, and 2 sisters and their husbands, Pearle and her husband Arlyn, Beverly and her husband Larry all of Helena, MT. There are also many nieces and nephews whom he cared about very much. Bruce devoted his life to his family, and his work. He was a great provider, father, husband, and friend to all who knew him. He was born to a farm/paper mill family, but soon realized his calling was repairing Automobiles, especially Volkswagens. He worked for several VW dealerships, before founding Bruce King Automotive in 1977. His legacy will live on for many years thru his family business that he loved so much. He enjoyed many hobbies including Auto racing, Bowling, hobby farming, and hunting. He had an incredible love of farm animals, raising many "pets" throughout the years. In recent years he enjoyed spending time at the Franklin county airport watching model airplane enthusiasts. He greatly enjoyed his antique and collectible cars and trucks, and especially his old Ferguson tractor. Bruce had many good friends and customers that he treated with kindness and respect. Known for his quick sense of humor, he was loved and respected by all. Bruce was a man of great integrity, and he made his faith the center of his life, serving the church whenever he could. His caring and kind ways will be greatly missed by all. Visiting hours will be at Spears funeral home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls on Wed. Nov. 3, 2010 from 3-5, and 7-9 pm. A Memorial service in his honor will be at 1pm on Thursday Nov. 4, 2010 at the East Franklin Union Church, Lake Road, East Franklin. Interment will follow at The Rice Hill Cemetery, next door to the house where Bruce was born in 1942. A reception to reflect on his life will be held at The Franklin Homestead, Homestead Drive, Franklin for anyone that wishes to attend immediately after the Cemetery service. Cards and Flowers can be sent to Spears Funeral Home, P.O. Box 396, Enosburg Falls, VT. 05450. Gifts in Bruce's memory can be directed to the East Franklin Union Church, care of Priscilla Grant, 249 Vermont Route 236, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
, age 72, passed away Monday November 1, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in Richford, June 14, 1938 the son of the late Oscar Wesley & Edith (Hill) Wright. Jim was a 1957 graduate of Franklin High School, attended Plattsburgh State and graduated from Johnson State College in May of 1989. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War from 1959 to 1967 receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then entered the Air National Guard of Vermont under the 158th TFG, where he served from 1969 to 1986, attaining the rank of Master Sargent. Jim also worked for the U.S. Immigration Service in St. Albans from 1990 to 2002. Jim was well-known for his apple orchard in Franklin and was often referred to as “The Apple Man”. He enjoyed woodworking, studying history, fishing and, especially, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of American Legion Post # 12 and had served the Town of Highgate as a lister. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Stanley) Wright of Franklin. Jim & Phyllis were married on December 1, 1961; his children, Denis Wright of Hinesburg, Lori Forgione and her husband Joseph of Highgate, and Heidi Sprague and her husband Frank of Claremont, NH; his grandchildren, Katharine Sprague, William Sprague and Adam Forgione; his siblings, Lorraine Mercy and her husband Richard of Franklin, Joyce Cassidy and her companion Leonard Martin of West Swanton, and Gregory Wright and his wife Jackie of Swanton; his sister-in-law, Nancy Magnant of Franklin; several niece and nephews. Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Wright; and brothers-in-law, Gary Stanley and his wife Sheila, and Thomas Magnant. A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held Sunday November 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM at the East Franklin Cemetery, Lake Road, Franklin with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.
,71 , passed away at his home in Colchester on Monday evening, November 1, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born on May 7, 1939 in Montgomery, the son of Richard S. and Dorcas (Donna) Elkins. He attended school in Montgomery Center and was a graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. Richard worked as a truck mechanic throughout his lifetime. Richard loved his home and family and had an infectious smile and wonderful personality and sense of humor. He was happiest at home “tinkering” with some project. Surviving are his wife, Linda (Rhodes) Elkins of Colchester whom he married on September 19, 1992; a son Timothy Elkins and his wife Katie of Essex; a daughter Kimberly LaPlante and her husband Gary of Milton; 2 step-sons, Merton Larrabee and his wife Kathy of Hinseburg and Daniel Larrabee and his wife Angel of Boiling Springs Lake, NC; a step daughter Lisa Walston and her husband Danny of Holden Beach, NC; 15 grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; his brothers Lyndol Elkins and his wife Lila of Montgomery, Francis Elkins and his wife Linda of Montgomery and Rocky Elkins and his wife Lori of Enosburg; his sisters Elaine Sheltra and her friend Carmen Mayhew of Richford, Charlotte Parent and her husband Raymond of Enosburg and Brenda Ostrout and her husband Joseph of Montgomery and Linda’s 6 siblings who Richard was especially fond of. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by a son Ricky Elkins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the Montgomery Center Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Should friends desire, gifts in Richard’s memory may be made to VNA/Hospice, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446 or American Cancer Society, VT Division, PO Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495-1460. Richard’s family would like to express appreciation to VNA/Hospice for the special care provided during his illness.
, age 79, passed away Thursday evening, November 4, 2010 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. She was born October 26, 1931 in Montgomery the daughter of the late, Otis & Eliza (Flanders) Rushford. Arlene enjoyed listening to country music, playing cards & BINGO, watching TV especially soaps, and taking rides. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She worked for a brief period at the Bobbin Mill in Richford. Most of her time was spent watching children and being a homemaker. She is survived by her grandsons, Roger Clark II and his wife Teri of Berkshire, and Scott Clark of St. Albans; her great grandchildren, Tiauna Clark, Roger Clark III, Emmi Lou Clark & Ashley Zeno; her sisters, Charlotte Rushford and her husband Larry of Ferrisburg, Uldene Embury, Frances Culloton, and Natalie Marston all of Richford; several nieces and nephews; and her friend, Max “Sonny” Taylor of Richford. Besides her parents, Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Whitehead; and her daughter, Candy Mae Clark. In keeping with Arlene’s wishes there will be no funeral services or visiting hours. She will be buried in the Montgomery Center Cemetery at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions in Arlene’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, VT Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495
SHELDON (RICE HILL) – M. Elizabeth Sturgeon
, age 94, passed away Sunday morning November 7, 2010 at the St. Albans Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans with her family at her side. She was born in Fairfield on September 26, 1916 the daughter of the late Louis & Helen (Forant) Revoir. Elizabeth was raised in Enosburg Falls attending the Enosburgh Center School. She married Robert Emmett Sturgeon on November 15, 1941 and devoted her life to raising her family. She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sheldon Springs and a member of the Ladies of Ste. Anne’s Society. She was also a member of the St. Albans Senior Center. When her children were growing up she was involved with the 4-H club on Rice Hill. She enjoyed gardening, bowling and playing cards especially 500. She is survived by her children, Marilyn Barney of Swanton and Gary Sturgeon and his wife Theresa of East Highgate; her grandchildren, Kevin Barney of Fairfax, Karen Barney Nye of Milton, Chantal Sturgeon-Goodrum and her husband Cabot of Colchester, and Patrick Sturgeon and his wife Jessica of Hinesburg; her sister Connie Rock of Shelburne and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Robert E. Sturgeon on June 9, 1978; her son-in-law, Kermit Barney; her sisters, Marion Revoir, Anna Stanley, Mildred Rivard & Lena Benoit; her brothers, Arthur, Raymond, Francis & Richard Revoir. Elizabeth’s family would like to thank the administration and staff at the St. Albans Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center where Elizabeth has resided for the past six and a half years for the untiring service and dedication provided to her. The Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 117 Shawville Rd., Sheldon Springs. Interment will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, VT. Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr. Suite 120, Williston, VT 05495-4031
, age 89, passed away Friday evening November 12, 2010 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. Ralph was born April 24, 1921 in Morrisville, VT the son of the late, Edward & Eva (Longley) Mayotte. Ralph was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. When he was younger he worked for the Franklin County Soil Conservation and then for Wrights Dairy in Enosburg Falls, driving truck and delivering milk prior to becoming the office manager. Following his retirement he worked for his son at Mayotte Construction where he enjoyed operating heavy equipment. Ralph was involved in the Richford community holding several town offices. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and former member of the American Legion Post # 12 of Richford. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards. He also had a love of animals, especially his dogs. Ralph is survived by his wife, Hattie (Paxman) Mayotte of Richford. Ralph & Hattie were married on July 28, 1952. He is also survived by a daughter and her husband, Jane & Marc Lariviere of Richford; his grandchildren, Nicholas Boylan, Rossie Mayotte & Ethan Mayotte; daughter-in-law, Beverly Mayotte of Berkshire; a sister, Glendora Mayotte of Richford; 1 nephew and several nieces. Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by his son, Timothy Mayotte on December 8, 2003; 2 brothers, Elmer & Richard Mayotte; and 2 sisters, Mamie Hurtubise & Alberta McGowan. Funeral services will be held Tuesday November 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in the Richford Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Monday evening from 6-9 at the Spears Funeral Home 140 Main St., Richford For those who wish, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476
, 79, passed away on Sunday evening, November 14, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her family at her side. Arlene was born on January 10, 1931 in Swanton, the daughter of Willard and Della Rose (Nolan) Hilliker. She was raised in Swanton and, on August 15, 1946, married Floyd Corey. In 1953, Floyd and Arlene moved to CT and resided there until 1971 when they returned to Sheldon Creek and operated a small grocery store there for several years. She returned to Swanton in 1974. Since the death of her husband on August 25, 2003 she has lived with her daughter, Jeanine, in East Berkshire. Surviving are Arlene’s children, Everett Corey and his wife Mary of Windsor Locks, CT, Nydia Chapman and her husband Raymond of West Suffield, CT, Sandra Nejako and her husband Peter of East Granby, CT, Jeanine Rondeau and her husband George of East Berkshire and Germaine Cross and her husband Jeff of Swanton; 16 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; her sisters, Pauline Labrie of St. Albans, Betty Cadieux of Swanton and Shirley Evans of Elmira, NY; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls. Interment will take place in the spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Should friends desire, gifts in Arlene’s memory may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495 or the Richford Ambulance Service, PO Box 236, Richford, VT 05476.
, 67, a resident of the Bogue Road, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at his brother Robert’s home in Berkshire surrounded by his family. Artie was born on January 6, 1943 in Albany, VT, the son of Clinton and Elizabeth (Mason) Peters. His marriage to Barbara Powers took place on March 19, 1967. In addition to his wife, Barbara, Artie is survived by a son Joey Levesque of Wells, ME; his grandsons, Chris Crapo and Lance Crapo of St. Albans and Jeff Levesque of Wells, ME; granddaughters Katie Levesque and K.C. Levesque of Wells, ME; his brothers, Dennis Peters of Marlboro, VT and Robert Peters of Berkshire; his sister, Leah Bonnette of Hinsdale, NH and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Artie was predeceased by a step-son Curtis Crapo; a brother Joe Peters and a sister Flora Gilbeau. In accordance with Artie’s wishes, there are no services planned. Should friends desire, gifts in Artie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, VT Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, age 85, husband of Helen (Desroches) Thompson, passed away Wednesday November 24, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with his loving family at his side. Harold was born May 19, 1925 in Burlington the son of the late Leon & Mary (Berry) Thompson. Harold entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 serving from 1942 to 1945 during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge he came back to Richford and served as an apprentice for Calder’s Plumbing & Heating eventually becoming a certified plumber. He then moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina where he worked with his brother as the head bellmens for the Carolina Hotel where they both met their wives. Following his marriage to Helen Desroches on December 27, 1950 in Pinehurst, North Carolina they moved to Allentown, PA for a short period, where he worked as the manager & buyer for Hess Bros. Dept. Store. They then moved to Concord, NH where he attended barbers college and worked at Helen’s fathers barber shop before moving back to Richford in 1966. Once back in Richford, he owned and operated The Main Street Barber Shop, a foral shop and an antique shop. He also worked for the Amie Funeral Home. Harold was a founding member of the Richford Ambulance Service along with Bob Frechette and Bernard Harvey. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the American Legion Post # 12 of Richford. Harold enjoyed following world news especially politics. He was an industrious man who loved to work with his hands refinishing furniture and restoring the houses he lived in. He was most proud of his family and his home with a perfect view of Pinnacle Mountain. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Harold is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Helen Thompson of Richford. He is also survived by a son, Daniel Thompson of Richford; daughters, Candy Barbeau and her friend Byron Gronvold of Key West, FL, Mandy Guilmette and her husband Jody of Richford, Jenny Stryker and her husband John of Richford, and Samantha Thompson of Montgomery ; his grandchildren, Damian and his friend Amber, Taylor, Lindsy, Megan, Macey, Christina, Steven, Jay, Sarah, Matthew, Karl & Danielle; his brother and his wife, Hollis & Peggy Thompson of Southern Pines, NC; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Harold was predeceased by a grandson, Andrew Thompson on November 26, 1995; and a son-in-law, Jeffrey Barbeau on October 26, 1991. Funeral services will be held Monday November 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. Visiting hours will be held Sunday from 3-5 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford For those who wish, contributions in Harold’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476.
, age 78, passed away Friday morning December 3, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Edith was born May 14, 1932 in Amsterdam, New York the daughter of the late Samuel & Edith (Way) St. Mary. Edith held several jobs through the years at JD’s Pub, Berkshire Elementary School, Saints Quick Stop owned by George Messier, and for 8 years as a farm hand for Buzzy Leach in Enosburg Falls. Edith enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved to be with her grandchildren and always provided for them the best she could. She is survived by 2 sons, Richard Sam Lahue of Morris, CT, and Roland “Paul” Lahue of Berkshire; 6 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Sammy & Jean St. Mary of Ilion, NY; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Edith was predeceased by an infant daughter, Edith M. Lahue; and 2 sisters, Margaret Combs & Ruth Bala. Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Richford 1st Baptist Church, School St., Richford with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in the Hillside Cemetery in Richford. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Edith’s memory may be made to the Richford 1st Baptist Church, 33 School Street, Richford, VT 05476
NORTHFIELD - The Rev. William Sutliff Chant
, 81, passed away during the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his home in Northfield Falls. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of F. Raemond and Grace (Wadsworth) Chant of Randolph, N.Y. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Patricia Brady Chant, in 1978, and by his brother, Ward W. Chant. Bill graduated from public schools in Randolph, N.Y., and from St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army during the World War II era. He married Patricia Brady on Aug. 8, 1953, in Jamestown, N.Y. He was a high school math teacher in his hometown, and worked for the FBI as a cryptologist before joining IBM, working as a programming engineer at locations in Kingston, N.Y., Boulder, Colo., and retiring from the Essex Junction facility. Following his ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church and his retirement from IBM, he attended seminary at Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained a priest, serving in the Diocese of Burlington at parishes in Burlington, Brattleboro, Richford and Williamstown. Following retirement as an active priest, he traveled the length and breadth of Vermont, filling in at parishes as a relief priest. Some of his greatest joy was found behind the wheel of his car, driving tens of thousands of miles each year, both in his priestly duties and for his own enjoyment and discovery. He held a pilot's license for most of his life, giving it up following a plane crash in southeast Pennsylvania during the 1980s. Bill is survived by his longtime companion, Elizabeth Lower, and her family. He also leaves a brother, Robert. R. Chant of St. Peters, Mo.; four sons, Stephen J. Chant of Colchester, Paul W. Chant of Chocorua, N.H., Daniel P. Chant of South Burlington and Timothy J. Chant of Warwick, R.I.; three daughters, Catherine M. Chant of Northfield, Barbara C. Colton of Hingham, Mass., and Elizabeth M. Chant of Colchester. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren, Ariel, Luke, Libby, Margaret, Sarah, Emily, Thomas, Jacqueline, Jessica, Ethan, Brady and Drew, and one great-granddaughter, Hannah. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Waitsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402.
, age 78, widow of Raymond N. Barrett Sr. died Wednesday December 15, 2010 surrounded by her family in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. She was born August 3, 1932 in South Burlington, VT the daughter of the late Robert P. & Katherine (Horner) Aldrich. Alberta was a lifelong resident of South Burlington and a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She worked at General Electric for a few years, when she decided to stay home to care for her 7 kids. After raising her kids she went back to work at Almy’s and Fassetts Bakery. She enjoyed bowling for many years, playing BINGO and going to Montreal with her many friends. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Brenda & Shell Williams of Robert Lee, TX, Raymond Barrett Jr. of So. Burlington, Theodore & Kris Barrett of Rochester, NH, Debbie Hammond of Colchester, Charlene & Mike Waters of Essex Jct., Carrie & Frank Simms of Milton, Robert & Jessica Barrett of Shelburne; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; a very special friend and son-in-law, Bob Wheel; her brothers and their wives, Walter & Jan Aldrich of Richmond, Earl “Buddy” & Pauline Flanders Jr. of So. Burlington; her sisters, Judy Aldrich of St. Albans, Joyce Bruner and her husband Harvey of Essex, and Helen Spears of Enosburg Falls; her sister-in-law, Bea Aldrich of San Antonio, TX; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends she played BINGO, bowled and gambled with. Besides her parents, Alberta was predeceased by her husband, Raymond N. Barrett Sr. on September 17, 1998; her sister, Beverly Flynn; and her brother, Robert Aldrich. Alberta’s family wishes to thank the staff at Fletcher Allen on McLure 5 and Sheperdson 4, especially Calandra and Dr. Chris Hebert. In keeping with Alberta’s wishes she was cremated. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Resurrection Park Catholic Cemetery, 200 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington with Rev. Bernard Gaudreau officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Alberta’s memory may be made to the South Burlington Fire & Rescue, ATT: Chief Brent, 575 Dorset St., So. Burlington, VT 05403.
, age 78, passed away Friday December 24, 2010 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born August 23, 1932 in Schmalleningkem, Lithuania the daughter of the late Otto & Anna (Josupeit) Schillgalies. Eva emigrated from Lithuania at a very young age making her home in Canada before coming to the United States. She married Lyndon McAllister on April 13, 1951. After raising her children she worked for a brief time as a nurse’s aid with Franklin County Home Health. Eva enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking & knitting. Her family will remember her as a very strong and caring mother & grandmother. Eva is survived by her children and their spouses, Sandra & Wayne Hurtubise of Richford, Gary & Susan McAllister of Enosburg Falls, and Linda & Steven Lothian of St. Albans; a step son and his wife, Roy & Sally McAllister of Richford; many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren; her sister, Annaliese Schillgalies of Sutton, Quebec. She will also be missed by her faithful companion, Sam. Besides her parents, Eva was predeceased by her husband, Lyndon D. McAllister on July 13, 2003; and a great grandson, Joshua Leach on September 7, 1996. In keeping with Eva’s wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Richford Center Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Eva’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
WATERBURY / ENOSBURGH - Elizabeth “Betty” Perley Carr
, age 93, of Waterbury passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010 the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin Elizabeth was born on July 29, 1917, the daughter of Ernest E. and Mary (Nichols) Perley. She spent her childhood and adolescent years on the family farm in Enosburgh where she was active in 4-H work. Elizabeth was educated at the East Berkshire Grammar School, Enosburg Falls High School (Class of ’35) and the University of Vermont (Class of ‘39) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Degree in education. During her years at UVM, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Career appointments had Elizabeth teaching Home Economics at Concord and Richford High Schools. During her years of employment, Elizabeth held comptroller and dietitian positions at Goddard College in Plainfield. In 1942, she became Washington County’s Home Demonstration Agent for 8 years. Subsequently she went to Storrs, CT as a state 4-H leader. Events in Elizabeth’s life eventually had her return to VT to live in St. Albans where she was employed as a staff member of Wood & Kidder Furniture Store in town. Elizabeth also held a number of other positions including Maple Promotion Specialist with the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture. She established the Urban Youth Center at North Street in Burlington while she was employed by the VT Extension Service and served as the State Education Consultant for Home Economics Education as well as State Advisor of FHA. She thoroughly enjoyed working with teachers and high school youth during this time. Vermont was more than home to Elizabeth. She poured her heart into many community and civic affairs, expressing her love for her state as confirmed by her positions as director and trustee of the Eastern States Exposition, Waterbury Board of Civil Authority, Justice of the Peace, for many years. She also served as Moderator and on numerous committees of the Waterbury Congregational Church, and volunteered for many organizations including director of the VT 251 Club. Working with people of all ages gave Betty abundant joy. In addition to her many professional and civic contributions, Elizabeth had many personal interests including skiing, golfing, bowling, gardening, fishing, reading, crafts, sewing, traveling, watching her birds and following the Boston Celtics & Boston Red Sox.. Elizabeth is survived by step-sons, Wendell E. Carr of So. Burlington and his companion Joan Cody, Rodney Carr of Burlington; grandchildren and their families, Cassandra (Carr) & Bruce Bourgeois of Colchester, Stephanie (Carr) & Troy Allen of Leavenworth, KS, and Michael & Kristina Carr of St. Albans; grandson-in-law Dave Resi of St. Albans; great grandchildren, Michelle Bourgeois, Elizabeth Resi, Alexandra & Cara Allen, and Ava, Mason & Landon Carr; sister-in-law Grace & husband Joe Piro of Barre; nieces and nephews, Stephen and Carolyn Perley, Peter Perley and his friend Roberta Morin all of Enosburgh, Marilyn “Sue” (Perley) and Albert Pearce of Richford, Albert and Charlene Schmidt of Burnt Hills, NY, Eugene and Roberta Schmidt of Bardonia, NY, and Anne Marie & Jeff Reider of Bozeman, MT.; grand nieces and nephews and their families, Deborah & Tom Cook, Stephen & Lori Perley II and their sons Nicholas & Matthew, Timothy Perley and his son Dawson, Melissa (Perley) & Jason St. Pierre and their daughters, Emma & Mia, Tracey & Robert Oravec and their daughters Renee & Kate, Deron & Sasha Schmidt and her children Meghan & Kyle, Gregory Schmidt and his daughter Kelsieanne, and Kristin & Jason Malone. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Wendell Carr in 1974 as well as a sister, Evelyn (Perley) Schmidt and her husband Albert “Ted”; a brother Merrill Perley and his wife Fern; a granddaughter Millicent Carr Resi; great grandsons, Caleb Bourgeois and Payton Allen; and a grand nephew, Thomas Cook. A memorial service of music will be held at the Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 North Main St., Waterbury on Sunday January 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM. There will be no visiting hours. Elizabeth asked that those attending the service wear their favorite clothes, casual or dress. A graveside service to be held at the Enosburgh Center Cemetery will be announced in the spring. At Elizabeth’s request there will also be a sugar-on-snow party held in her memory the day of the graveside service. Should friends desire, gifts in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to Enosburgh Center Cemetery Association to be designated for the beautification of the cemetery, C/O Melissa St. Pierre, 2201 Grange Hall Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450. Elizabeth also asks that you spend time with a friend or a child and plant a tree in her memory or feed the birds, something she received great enjoyment doing.
, age 75, passed Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the St. Albans Health Care & Rehab Center. He was born August 22, 1935 in Richford the son of the late Henry & Hazel (Cruix) Marshia, Sr. Henry was a 1953 graduate of Richford High School. Following high school he entered the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. During his time in the Army he met his future wife, Marie Robishaw. Henry & Marie married on February 4, 1956. Following his honorable discharge in August of 1956 Henry attended Johnson State College earning a degree in Education in 1960. He taught for 33 years starting in Enosburg Falls and ending his career in Richford. Henry was an avid sports enthusiast and a fan of the Boston Red Sox. He especially loved the game of Baseball having tried out for the Cleveland Indians. He coached baseball several years ending with a career record of 149 & 62. He also enjoyed bowling in Monday night league, hunting & fishing. His Saturday afternoons were spent at the Alburgh Auction House and then onto the Franklin Homestead to play 500. Henry was a soft-spoken man and enjoyed all of his friends from many walks of life, always with a good word for everyone. He was a fair and honest man in his dealings as he was in life. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Marie Marshia of Enosburg Falls; his son, James Marshia of Berkshire; his daughters and their husbands, Karen & Hugh Leahy of Bellingham, MA, and Sally & Gary Libby of Winslow, ME; his grandchildren, Mikayla, Lauren & Jacob Marshia, Katelyn & Mackenzie Leahy, Rebecca Fico and Hillary & Jenna Libby; his sister and her husband, Joyce & Edward Baker of Piperton, TN; a sister-in-law and her husband, Margaret & Bill Guptill of Camden; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Sunday January 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan officiating. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Henry’s memory may be made to Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or to the American Legion Post # 42, P.O. Box 572, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.