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NEWPORT / RICHFORD - Barbara (Bobbi) Scharff Moore
, 83, of Newport, Vermont, died peacefully Monday Morning Jan. 10, 2011 at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford, VT. Bobbi was born in Brooklyn, NY and later moved to Nutley, NJ where she graduated from Nutley High School. Afterwards she attended Vermont Junior College in Montpelier, where she met and later married Porter James Moore, Jr. of Newport in August 1947. Their only child, Johanne (Jody) was born in September 1948. Bobbi returned to University studies at UVM in the early 1970’s, graduated and then became a teacher for North Country Union High School and Junior High School. She retired from teaching in 1989. Bobbi enjoyed skiing throughout her life, later skiing with her three grandchildren. She continued her love of golf, and enjoyed her many years of travel throughout the world. She was a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Newport. She is survived by her daughter Johanne (Jody) Moore Jones and her husband Tony of Montgomery Center, her three grandchildren, Quenten Jones, his wife Susan and their two daughters Norah and Anwyn of Montgomery Center, Hannah Jones Sorenson, her husband Colin and their daughter Caelyn of Stowe, and Jesse Jones of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She is also survived by two sisters Ede Smith of Hackettstown, NJ, and a sister Jane Lucas and husband Bud of Carrollton, GA. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as grand nieces and nephews. As Bobbi wished, there will be no calling hours or service. In lieu of flowers, the family’s wish is that you take someone special to you out to dinner to celebrate Bobbi’s wonderful life.
, age 70, passed away Sunday January 16, 2011 at the Pine Knoll Nursing Home in Lyndonville. He was born in West Berkshire on June 24, 1940 the son of the late James Alvah & Maude Blanche (Dunham) Carr. Gordon was a resident of Richford most of his life. He worked as a farm hand and loved to drive tractor, haying and cutting firewood with his brother Leon, nephew Larry and great nephew Lance. Gordon especially liked trains and listening to Hank Williams sing and play guitar. He also loved to walk around town and visit with people and he would always greet you with a friendly smile and a hand shake. He is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families including a very special great niece, Tracy Ovitt her husband Scott and their children, Kayla & Madison who had taken care of Gordon for the past 10 years and a special nephew, Larry Carr and his partner Lydia Lawyer; his sisters-in-law, Ethel Carr of St. Albans and Ruth Carr of Hardwick. Besides his parents, Gordon was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, Norman, Harold Leon & Howard Carr; and his sisters, Clydia Clark & Glenna Juckett. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will take place this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to Pine Knoll Nursing Home, 601 Red Village Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851.
, 77, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington following a lengthy illness. Lyle was born on January 18, 1933 in Richford, the son of Lawrence and Louise (Pollender) Rushlow. He was a 1951 graduate of Richford High School and had resided in Richford for most of his life. While in school, Lyle was an active basketball and baseball player. In 1952, Lyle met and married Joyce Lumbra. From 1983-2000, Lyle lived in Burlington and from 2000 until the present he has resided in Milton. He had worked at many occupations and retired from IBM in 1995. Lyle was passionate about and active in many sports including coaching Little League, boxing in Golden Gloves, bowling and watching the Celtics and Red Sox on TV. Lyle leaves his loving wife and devoted caregiver, Joyce of Milton; his sons Kris of Milton, Kurt of Killeen, TX, Kent and his wife Robin of Franklin; his daughters Pamela of Swanton and Melody of Los Angeles, CA; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law Holly Rushlow of Richford. In addition to his parents, Lyle was predeceased by a sister Loretta Fecteau and sons Kevin, Kim, Kerry and Keith. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Milton with Rev. John G. Feltz officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. There are no calling hours planned. Should friends desire, gifts in Lyle’s memory may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, PO Box 1, Milton, VT 05468
, age 58, passed away Friday evening January 21, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her loving family at her side after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 13, 1952 in Newport the daughter of Mary Louise (Schurman) Palin & James Palin Sr. Susan graduated with honors from North Country Union High School and earned degrees from University of Vermont and Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, PA. Her teaching career started with the Orleans Essex School District, then Sheldon & Franklin Elementary Schools and for the past 32 years she was a much respected speech & language pathologist at the Swanton Elementary School where she loved the children who will miss her dearly. Susan was a member, Clerk of Vestry and important supporter of the Grace Episcopal Church in Sheldon. She was also a trustee of the Sheldon Library Board for many years. She was an active participant in the Relay for Life. Susan’s hobbies included scrapbooking, reading, watching the Boston Red Sox, watching ice hockey, and music having played her clarinet in area bands. She was even known to play in a women’s pick-up ice hockey league. Susan enjoyed going to the ocean in Maine and for the past few summers she cherished the time spent at Lake Eden with her Mother. She is survived by her mother, Mary Louise Palin of Derby; her daughter, Kate Greenwood and her partner Kari Orost of Highgate; her longtime companion and father of Kate, Rocky Greenwood of Sheldon; her brother, James Palin Jr and his wife Lorette of Newport and their children, Lynda Ryan, Ellen Breault, Rhonda Cole, Vincent Fulford, Molly Sue, Ruffie & Henok; her sister, Kathryn Sloan and her husband James of East Charleston and their children, Mark, Rebel & Mary; her sister, Barbara LeMay and her husband Mark of Troy and their children, Michael & Melina; and a special great niece Hayden. Susan was predeceased by her father, James Palin Sr. Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Grace Episcopal Church, 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon with Rev. Janet K. Brown officiating. Interment will be this spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Susan’s memory may be made to the Relay for Life, C/O American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, age 86, passed away Saturday morning January 22, 2011 at Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. She was born February 15, 1924 in Berkshire Center the daughter of the late Oscar & Lillian (Lafleur) Harvey. Doris was raised in Berkshire where she attended the Berkshire Elementary School. She was a 1942 graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. On November 23, 1944 she married Wendall Corliss Hull who predeceased her on December 25, 1999. Doris & Wendall made their home in West Enosburgh where they farmed for many years. She was a member of the West Enosburg United Methodist Church and UMW and taught Sunday School & Bible School and served as Secretary. She was a member and served as secretary of the former Tyler Branch Grange. She had also been active in 4-H and Home-Dem. Doris loved farming, gardening, flowers, cooking, sewing, crafts and her dogs. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patricia & John Mitchell of Essex Jct, and Warren & Marie Hull of West Enosburgh; 4 grandsons, Spencer Mitchell of Randolph, Jeffrey Mitchell and his wife Ann-Margaret of Fitchburg, MA, Matthew Hull and his friend Dr. Jennifer Taylor & Eric Hull and his wife Danielle all of West Enosburg; 2 granddaughters, Lynn Finn and her husband Michael of Westford, and Katherine Bennett and her husband Courtney of West Enosburg; 7 great grandchildren, Anthony & Massimo Mitchell, Meghan & Justin Finn, Carly & Chloe Bennett and Logan Hull; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Harvey of Franklin; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Rona Cohen of Bakersfield. Beside her parents and husband, Doris was predeceased by her brother, Garnet Harvey; and her sister, Marjorie Messier and her brother-in-law, Wesley Messier. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the West Enosburg United Methodist Church, 1725 Tyler Branch Rd., West Enosburg with Pastor Jon Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the West Enosburg Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Doris’s memory may be made to the West Enosburg United Methodist Church, C/O church treasurer, Darlene Wright, 1811 Horseshoe Circle, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
– Passed to her eternal heavenly home on January 24, 2011 at her home after a valiant, courageous battle with lung cancer. She met the challenges of her illness with a strong will, undying faith and sense of humor. She was surrounded by her loving husband of 59 years, her children and grandchildren. She was born in St. Albans on October 14, 1930 the daughter of Bert & Anna (Matte) Early. Joyce graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1948. On July 4, 1951 she married David Read in East Fairfield. Throughout her married life she was employed at Peoples Trust Company, Fairfield Town Clerks Office, Swanton Packing Inc. and the Fairfield School Systems. Joyce was an accomplished homemaker and cook. Her greatest skills lay in her ability to bring joy and peace to the household through every phase of her children’s childhood. Her calming voice and demeanor could diffuse any crisis. The sparkle in her green eyes and contagious laughter made each and every opportunity to visit or speak with her a joy to all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She loved to read, dance and sing and spend time with her friends and family. She shared this love with her children and grandchildren especially during Christmas and birthday gatherings. Having lost her mother at a young age, she rejoiced in the joys & blessings of raising her children. She had a very deep faith in God and was a lover of all people. Joyce strived each and every day of her life to treat others with respect and compassion and was never one to turn anyone away from her home during their time of need. Her welcoming personality made her home a favorite stop for many of her children’s friends and it was not uncommon for those friends to pause and converse with her at great length during each visit as she was a great communicator with all ages. Her own family takes comfort from the tributes of her many friends and acquaintances whose lives she touched with her earnest cheerfulness. Joyce had an unfailing ability to rejoice in the good fortune of others, celebrate their success, and encourage them in the face of seeming setbacks. She had the gift of recognizing others woundedness and was unfailingly kind. Joyce had a wonderful sense of humor and had a sense of grace about her that was and will continue to be an inspiration to others. You can shed tears that I am gone, or smile because I lived. You can close your eyes and pray that I will come back, or You can open your eyes and see all that I have left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see me, or Can be full of the love we shared. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Bert J. Early and Anna (Matte) Early; and her loving brother, Bert J. Early. She leaves her husband of 59 years David Read of Enosburg Falls; her three children, Gary Read and his wife Kathy of East Fairfield, Judy Read Vanslette and husband John of Highgate Center, and Shelley Read Howrigan and husband Daniel of Fairfield; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Jennifer, Morgan, Michelle, Rebekah, Daniel, Peter, Faith and Annah Joyce; six great grandchildren, James, Caitlin, Ava, Emma, Madison and Haley. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alberta & Wendell Reed of Essex, Charles & Becky Read of Swanton, Frank & Ellen Read of St. Albans, and Gloria Early of St. Albans; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. She leaves a devoted friend, Rita St. Onge of Enosburg Falls; and special cousins, Charles & Carol Mcdougle of Kokomo, IN. The family would like to thank Dr. Dennis Sanders and Shelley Bonnette, RN for taking such wonderful and loving care of our Mother. Also, a special thank you to the Northwestern Medical Center staff and to Home Health RN, Carol Rainville for the compassionate and wonderful homecare. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405.
, age 21, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on January 31, 2011. He was born February 7, 1989 in Hohenems, Austria the son of Edwin Franz Joseph & Waltraut Margaretha (Hribar) Amann. Michael had visited Vermont many times and during one of his trips he met a girl and it was love at first sight. Their time spent was priceless and short, falling in love in a milking parlor. Michael had to go back to Austria and told her he would return. They spent 3 months apart and when he came back he married that girl. Michael married Katherine Fregeau on October 4, 2008 at Davis Park in Richford surrounded by family and friends. Michael had come from Austria in search of something new and exciting, a place he could call home. Well he found that place and now he has left his home to watch over his family and friends. Anybody who knew Michael would know that he worked hard, loved his family and liked to play hard too. He was the funniest person and could make you laugh even when you didn’t want to. Michael worked for Kinney’s Flood Acres Farm in East Berkshire and for Mark & Amanda St. Pierre’s Pleasant Valley Farms. He touched the lives of everyone he met and will never be forgotten. He is survived by his wife, Katie Amann; and his daughter, Madison all of East Berkshire; his parents, Edwin & Waltraut Amann; his siblings, Andreas Amann and his friend Stephanie, Yvonne Amann and her friend Bernard; a nephew Kevin Amann; and close friends, Edward & Susie Nohmer all of Austria; his mother-in-law, Peggy Kinney and her friend Dennis Comins of East Berkshire; his father-in-law, Randy Fregeau and his friend Tammy Langlois of Sheldon; his sisters-in-law, Amanda Fregeau and her fiancé Kory Woods of Richford, and Caitlyn Fregeau of Sheldon; his grandfather-in-law & grandmother-in-law, Raymond & Ginny Kinney; and uncles-in-law and aunts-in-law, Todd & Sharon Kinney, and Neil Kinney and his friend Lori Drouin all of East Berkshire; many cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday February 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will be held this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Michael’s memory to help his family purchase a monument may be made to Peggy Kinney, 308 Montgomery Road, East Berkshire, VT 05447.
SHELDON SPRINGS, VT / DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Robert J. “Jimmy” Jackson
, age 70, rejoined his son Jamie when he passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning February 5, 2011 at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL with his loving wife by his side. Jimmy was born in Sheldon on March 13, 1940 and was a graduate of Enosburg High school class of 1958. After graduating high school Jimmy volunteered for the draft, and in 1959 he was stationed in Germany, where he spent 2 years. After being relived of active duty in 1961 he returned home. Upon his arrival he had a dream that he would soon marry the love of his life, and did just that on August 19, 1961 when he married Mary-Paule Crepeau of Sheldon. Jim and Mary made their home in Enosburg, where he worked as a bread man and milk peddler, eventually they moved to Sheldon Springs where they raised their family of 5. Soon after they moved to Sheldon Jimmy began working for Rock-Tenn, where he retired as a supervisor with more than 30 years of service. After retirement Jim and Mary spent many hours attending their grandchildren’s events and traveled to Florida during the winters. He was an avid sports fan and loved to golf, he also coached the Sheldon Little League Giants for many years. He followed his children and grandchildren through their sports endeavors enthusiastically and was always their biggest fan, you’ve probably heard him at a game or two. His life touched many people, he loved life and loved to live. Jimmy was predeceased by his son, Jamie Jackson in 1987, and he leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Mary-Paule Jackson; 4 children, a daughter Kelly Jackson (Goss) and her companion Butch Bailey of Sheldon, her children Matthew and Adam and their father Tom all of Enosburg; a daughter Kimberly Stone and her husband Carl of East Fairfield, their children Jaime, Jenna and Jordan; a son David Jackson and his wife Kristin of Enosburg, their children Ethan and Erin; a son Michael Jackson of Sheldon and his daughter Taylor, her mother Judi of St. Albans; and many close friends and relatives. A funeral service will be held on Friday February 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the St. John the Baptist Church, 222 Missisquoi St. Enosburg Falls, with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held this spring at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon Springs. A time of visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the Jamie Jackson Memorial Scholarship c/o Kim Stone, P.O. Box 3, East Fairfield, VT 05448.
, age 100, passed away Wednesday evening February 9, 2011 at the St. Albans Health Care Facility in St. Albans surrounded by love and prayers. She was born April 3, 1910 in Fairfield the daughter of the late Gordon & Eva (LaFountain) Marshia. Florence was educated in Belvidere where her family had moved to work in a logging operation. She married Francis A. Nolan and they began their farming life in 1942. Florence’s life would change again when she and her husband began to run the Sheldon Poor Farm for 25 years. Florence retired from care giving at the age of 92 in her Enosburg Falls residence. Florence’s family fondly remembers the many feasts at her home during the holidays. She was known for her homemade rolls, pies and buckeyes. Her children & grandchildren were blessed to receive one of her handmade quilts. She is survived by her children, Frances Green of Enosburg Falls and Arnold Lagrow of East Franklin; a daughter-in-law, Amelia Nolan of Enosburgh; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Florence was predeceased by a son, Leo Nolan; a daughter, Patricia Chadwick; a granddaughter, Stella Blaney; a daughter-in-law, Diana Lagrow;a son-in-law, Richard I. Green Sr.; a sister, Grace Larose; and 3 brothers, Henry, Sidney & Louis Marshia. Florence’s family wished to thank St. Albans Health Care and the Spears Funeral Home for their care given to Florence and her family. A graveside memorial service will be held this spring in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Sheldon. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Florence’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the St. Albans Health Care – Resident Activity Fund, 596 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 66, passed away Wednesday evening February 9, 2011 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born in Fairfield on April 4, 1944 the daughter of the late Clifford Page Sr. & Eleanor (Morris) Page. Linda was a lifelong resident of Fairfield and a 1962 graduate of Brigham Academy. She was employed at I.B.M. for 30 years retiring in 1995 at which time she worked for another 10 years at Labatt & Anderson in St. Albans. Linda enjoyed cooking, collecting cook books, anything to do with wolves, M&M’s, hunting and animals especially her dogs, Muffin & Pretty Boy. Most of all she loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her longtime companion, Kenneth Lawrence of Fairfield; her children, Troy Baker and his wife Carol of St. Albans, Ty Baker and his wife Wanda of Benson, and Kendra Baker of Mesa, AZ; her grandchildren, Damian & Coty Baker, Ty Baker Jr., Josh & Jayla Robtoy and Kaylie Colson ; her brother, Douglas Page of Fairfield; her sisters-in-law, Bernita Wheelden and her husband Stuart of HinsdalE, NH & Dorothy Page of Liberty Hill, TX; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Linda was predeceased by her brothers, Clifford Page Jr. & Howard Page; and her sisters, Beverly Page & Luanne Page. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls. Interment will be later this spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Jim Bashaw Cancer & Catastrophic Illness Fund, C/O Northwestern Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478.
ST. ALBANS / ENOSBURG FALLS – Edward Arnold “Eddie” Garrow
, age 80, passed away Saturday February 12, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born in Montgomery on June 11, 1930 the son of the late Donald H. & Lillian (Green) Garrow. In his early years Eddie worked on several area dairy farms. During the Korean War Eddie was drafted into the U.S. Army on August 3, 1954 and received his honorable discharge July 31, 1956. Upon his discharge he went back to working on farms in the area before becoming the custodian for the Enosburg Falls Elementary School which he faithfully did for 37 years retiring in 2003 as the Head Custodian. He also drove school bus during that time and for several years after. Eddie was known by many people around the county and will be remembered for his sense of humor. He is survived by his son, David Garrow of Middlebury; his sisters, Janice Longe Marston of Enosburg Falls, Gyneth Hauter of Ocean, NJ, and Helen Ashton of St. Albans; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Eddie was predeceased by his wife, Joyce (Pudvah) Garrow; and a brother, James Garrow. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Interment will be held this spring in the Richford Center Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Eddie’s memory may be made to American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
RICHFORD – Rejeanne Marie Solange Desautels
, age 82, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 14, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born November 6, 1928 in St. Valerien, Quebec Canada the daughter of the late Aime & Hermine (Plouffe) Beaudoin. Rejeanne was married to Germain Desautels on June 17, 1950 and they moved to Vermont that same year. She managed the family and the farm, first in West Berkshire and then in Richford. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed quilting. One of her favorite pastimes was holding her grandchildren while singing. She was a devoted member of All Saints Catholic Church and was a woman of deep faith, contributing greatly to her parish. She is survived by her children, Pierre Desautels and his wife Ginger of Greencastle, PA, Daniel Desautels and his wife Deborah of Richford, Marjolaine Longe and her husband Patrick of Berkshire, Gilbert Desautels and his wife Sally of Richford, Sylvie Desautels and her husband Chris Wood of Tunbridge, Patrick Desautels of Richford, Raymond Desautels and his companion Marlene Chates of Highgate, and Renee Patterson and her husband Larry of Montgomery; 17 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren; her siblings, Jeannine Pion, Norman Beaudoin and his wife Gilberte, and Maurice Beaudoin all of Granby, Quebec; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Rejeanne was predeceased by her husband, Germain Desautels on May 5, 2005. She is also predeceased by a son, Joseph Desautels; and her siblings, Lauriane Beaudoin, Marcel Beaudoin & Jean Regis Beaudoin. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Rejeanne’s memory may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford, VT 05476.
, 67 passed away February 18, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care with her family at her side, after a period of failing health. She was born November 29, 1943 in St. Albans, VT, the daughter of the late Gerald and Marion (Wilder) Hoburn. She grew up in Sheldon Springs and attended Bellows Free Academy. In 1963 she married her high school sweetheart Lyle. Judy was a jack of-all-trades, counting secretary, Avon Representative, and stay-at-home mother among her many jobs. During her 40 year marriage to Lyle they enjoyed many activities such as camping, horseback riding, traveling, snowmobiling and riding motorcycles. In recent years, she enjoyed swimming, playing cards, gardening, tending her fish pond, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Katherine Derby, and her companion Jane Durfey of Rochester, NH.; Michael Derby and his companion Cathy Godin of Enosburg Falls, VT; her grandchildren Jason, Alan & Victoria Derby, Jane's son Lucas Durfey and Cathy's son Chris DeRosia; her nephew Ricky Hoburn of Sheldon and his family; her niece Ann Mason of Richford and her family. She is also survived by her caregiver Molly Stetson of Enosburg Falls; and close family friend Charles Shaw, also of Enosburg Falls. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Lyle, her brother Richard Hoburn; and brothers-in-law Earl & Peter Derby. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday February 20th from 1-3pm. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Monday February 21st at 11am, with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Private interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Judy's memory may be made to Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Rd., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450. Although we will miss you, we are at ease knowing you are reunited with your soul mate.
, age 91, husband of the late Zilda M. (Santaw) Bocash, passed away Sunday February 20, 2011 at the Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans. He was born May 8, 1919 in North Troy the son of the late Theodore & Louise (Laflam) Bocash. Bill & Zilda moved from North Troy in 1976 to Littleton, NH where he owned and operated Tire Warehouse II before moving to Enosburg Falls in 1992. In Enosburg Falls they made many friends at the United Methodist Church, joining a Bible Study as a couple, with Bill singing in the choir. He loved the social times, dinners and fellowship he found at this friendly church. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Eastern Star and of the Masonic Order. In his later years he enjoyed being a grandparent in the Foster Grandparent Program. He loved those youngster and they loved “Poppy”. He is survived by his daughters, Valerie Allen of Richford, and Marcia Litchfield and her husband Lawrence of Mesa, AZ; his grandchildren, Lisa (Litchfield) Villa, Kristy (Litchfield) Baldwin, Michael Litchfield, Katherine (Allen) Dodds, Victoria Bocash, William Bocash II, and Michael Bocash; 9 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife, Bill was predeceased by a son, Michael Bocash; a brother, Frederick Bocash; and 4 sisters, Florence Flood, Dorothy Heath, Edyth Bocash & Jenette Levoy. A memorial service to honor Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, Church St., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Jon Bly officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Foster Grandparent Program, 11 Church St., St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
, age 78, passed away Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans with her loving family at her side and there in spirit also with her was a special niece, Robin Larivee. She was born December 13, 1932 in Cowansville, Que. Canada the daughter of the late James & Mary (McKeller) Lyons. Margaret attended school in East Farnham, Quebec and moved to Vermont in 1953, living in Richford until 1965 when she moved to Vergennes until 1973. She then made her home in St. Albans until 1990 when she moved to Canada to help her sister operate her nursing home in Pierrefonds, Quebec, moving back to St. Albans in 1992. Margaret worked as a line cook for several businesses’ including Redstone Villa and the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She also owned and operated Michel’s Restaurant in St. Albans. Margaret loved to walk, visit with people, and clean her home. She especially loved to prepare special meals for her family. Her family will remember her for her kind heart that she had for children and the elderly. She is survived by her children, Ann Pecor of St. Albans, Paul Michel and his companion, Sheila Wilson of Enosburg Falls, Rose Wolff and her husband John of Ocala, FL, Tom Michel and his companion Jeany Begnoche of St. Albans, Tim Michel and Dennis Michel both of St. Albans; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; her siblings, Esther Lyons, Roseanne Parcell, Josie Duquette , Doreen Lyons, Theresa Remillard and Mike Lyons all of Canada; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her siblings, Jimmy, Joe & Betty Lyons; and the father of her children, Paul Michel. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Northwestern Medical Center - Palliative Care Program, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Franklin County Rehab Palliative Care Program, 110 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans, VT 05478.
MONTGOMERY CENTER – Mitchell Harland Demar
, age 77, husband of Therese (Robert) Demar, passed away Monday, February 21, 2011 at the St. Albans Health Care Facility in St. Albans. He was born February 25, 1933 in Montgomery the son of the late Mitchell L. & Mabel (Arel) Demar. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of Montgomery. He entered the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was employed at the Rock-Tenn Paper Mill in Sheldon for 39 years retiring in 1994. Mitchell enjoyed riding his Skidoo, 4 wheeling, hunting and playing his guitar which he was self-taught. He was also an avid Yankee fan. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Therese Demar of Montgomery Center. Mitchell & Therese were married June 30, 1951. He also survived by his sisters, Ruth Lepage of Huntington, MA, and Louise Wetherby of Charlestown, NH; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Besides his parents, Mitchell was predeceased by his brother, Robert “Bud” Demar; and his sisters, Rosanna Grant, Erma Deuso, Emaline Potvin. Funeral services will be held Saturday February 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Isidores Catholic Church, 169 Mountain Rd., Montgomery Center with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be later this spring in St. Isidores Cemetery in Montgomery Center. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Mitchell’s memory may be made to the Montgomery Fire Dept., or to the Montgomery Rescue Dept. both C/O Montgomery Town Clerk, P.O. Box 356 Montgomery Ctr., VT 05471.
, age 57, wife of Alan Donna, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with her loving family at her side. She was born August 8, 1953 in St. Albans, VT the daughter of the late Bernard & Juanita (Mayo) Johnson. Darla was a resident of Montgomery Center for the past 37 years and was a former resident of West Berkshire. Darla was a great lady, who’s first love was her grandchildren, who meant the world to her. Darla spent lots of time with them doing simple things that her grandchildren will cherish forever, Darla made their time together very special for each of them. Darla also loved her music, she and her sister would spend many hours recording music back when there was the tape recorder to the now upgraded cd’s. All that knew Darla knew her for her spunk and her joy for life while loving being with her family and many friends having fun dancing, visiting, and just being around everyone laughing and joking the whole time. Remember Darla with a smile and with the joy and laughter she brought to us all. She is survived by her husband, Alan Donna of Montgomery Center; her children, Chad Johnson and his companion, Nicole Gregoire of Montgomery, Jeff Donna and his companion Tracy Barbeau of Richford , and Amy Mason and her husband Randy of Richford ; her grandchildren, Sirena Donna, Jessica Irons, Jace Johnson, Sara Mason, Megan Donna, Gavin Johnson & Keagan Mason; her great granddaughter, Haley Irons; her brothers, Clifford H. Johnson of Ocala, FL, Bernard D. Johnson of Fairfield, Michael J. Johnson of Ocala, FL, and John Johnson and his wife Doreen of Richford; her sisters, Patricia A. Johnson of Deland, FL, Dale Wetherby of Richford, Sherri Mercy and her husband Duane “Buster” of Montgomery, and Sarah Donna and her husband Burton of Richford; her sister-in-law, Priscilla M. “Tiny” Johnson of Richford; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Darla was predeceased by brother, David Johnson; and a sister, Carol Sue Johnson. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A graveside service will be private and held at the convenience of the family this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions in Darla’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405.
– Leroy recently celebrated his 72nd birthday and decided he had enough and died at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans on Monday, March 7, 2011. He has gone home to be with his Parents, Floyd & Sadie (Longe) Manosh and older brother, Robert Manosh who was killed in WWII. He was born and educated in Montgomery Center and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a steeple jack and painter and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. For the past few years Leroy has made his home with his sister, Theresa and was very thankful for the care he received from her and Theresa’s daughter Jennifer and her children. He leaves his brother, Carlton Longe of Johnson; his sister, Rachel Lemay and her husband Adelord “Chief” of Danielson, CT; his brother, Roland Manosh and his wife Peggy of Jewett City, CT; his sister, Avis Anderson and her husband Robert of Bakersfield; and his sister, Patricia “Theresa” Bolt of Richford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by a brother-in-law, Bruce Bolt; and a great nephew, Jeremy Ryea. A reception for friends and relatives will be held Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Somerset Inn, 57 Depot St Enosburg Falls from 1 to 4 PM. Burial will be held later this spring at the convenience of the family.
RICHFORD, VT – Ethel May (Pardee) Goodrow
, daughter of the late Belle Tilford & Fred Pardee. She was born on July 9, 1916 and joined her heavenly Father on March 8, 2011 at the age of 94. Ethel made her home with and was cared for by her dearest friend Gwen. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Joseph Goodrow in 1976 and her step-grandson Stephen in 2009. Ethel lived a number of years in Danbury, CT next door to Gwen & Norman Fletcher who she then moved to Richford, VT with. She resided with Gwen & Norman for the past 18 years and while in Connecticut she was the Fletcher children’s Nanny as well as their neighbor, leaving a bond that has lasted over 40 years. Ethel loved kids, her dogs, crocheting, gardening, books (she was an avid reader), having a good time and collecting angels. She loved the beauty of and symbolism of angels and felt she was blessed with friends she called her Angels. Her best memories of her senior years were those spent at The Country School as a Foster Grandparent. Even when she was in the hospital and in Rehab she shared her pictures and memories of the kids she loved so much. During her reign as Foster Grandparent from 1993 to 1999 on of her biggest events was having her picture taken with the then Governor, Howard Dean. Ethel was loved by everyone she met. She never hesitated when it came to expressing love and affection. You could always count on a hug and being told she loved you, if you had anything to do with her life you were loved. She was strong willed and never gave up or gave in to discouraging time. She had a lot of physical pain but was rarely sick, she never gave up. Ethel was a wonderful woman who will be missed by all who loved her. She leaves behind a dear step daughter, Justine Kenny and her husband Dennis and their family of Connecticut; a step daughter, Patricia Murphy and her family of New York; a niece, Sandy Berger of Washington. She also leaves behind many friends in Connecticut who thought the world of her. In Richford she leaves her closest friend, Gwen Fletcher who she thought of as a sister and Gwen’s husband Norman. She also leaves another dear friend, Shirley Fletcher who shared the Country School together and the years since. The also shared a love of angels and music boxes. In keeping with Ethel’s wishes services will be private and she will be buried next to her husband in the Wooster Cemetery in Danbury, CT.
, age 90, passed away Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011 at the St. Albans Health Care facility in St. Albans, VT. She was born in Richford on November 1, 1920, the daughter of the late Leon Gibson and Florence (Holt) Gibson. Bea was born and raised in Richford, and was a graduate of Richford High School. She married Hollis Ruiter on October 8, 1939 and they made their home in Richford where they raised their 5 children. Hollis passed away in 1966. Bea was a self taught taxidermist, and also worked as a dental assistant for William Towle DDS. She loved to paint, square dance, cross country ski, go biking and hiking, and spend summers at her camp on lake Carmi. Bea was a member of the Eastern Star Martha Washington Chapter #44. She served on the Richford school board, and was an active member of the Richford Methodist Church. At the age of 80, Bea married her second husband Olav Taffs, Olav passed away in 2003. She is survived by her 5 children; Beverly Poissant of Longs, SC, Pamela Morrison and her husband Norman of Williamstown, Cheryl Leach and her husband Allen of Enosburg, Bruceton Ruiter of Deltona, FL, and Darry Ruiter and his wife Mary-Sue of Windsor Locks, CT, 10 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren, 7 Step-children and their families, and 1 niece and 2 nephews. Besides her parents, and husbands Bea was predeceased by a son in law; Maurice “Moe” Poissant, a daughter in law; Charleen Ruiter, and a grandson; Michael Ruiter. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Richford Methodist Church, 86 River Street, Richford with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. Interment will be held at the Richford Center cemetery after the service. Bea’s family will receive family and friends in the fellowship hall of the church following the committal. For those who wish, contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476
, age 97, widow of Harley Lumbra, passed away Monday afternoon March 14, 2011 at the St. Albans Health Care Facility in St. Albans. She was born in Bakersfield on September 23, 1913 the daughter of the late David & Cora (Tatro) Bashaw. Blanche was a longtime resident of Richford and a member of All Saints Catholic Church. For a brief period she worked at Gilman’s Variety Store. As a young woman she worked on various farms with her husband although most of her adult life was focused on raising her daughter, helping her daughter raise her children and being there for her sister while she was raising her sons. Blanche enjoyed bowling, playing BINGO, and working in her gardens especially her flower gardens. She also volunteered at the Richford Senior Meal Site and local blood drawings. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Dupra and her husband Bruce of Richford; her grandchildren, Tony Dupra and his fiancée Kathy Royea of Richford and Sonya Greeno and her husband Gary of St. Albans; her great granddaughter, Alexis Dupra of Amesbury, MA; one niece and four nephews and their families. Besides her husband and parents, Blanche was predeceased by her sister, Sadie Ducolon; and her brothers, Charles & Joseph Bashaw; and a nephew, Barry Ducolon. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will take place later this spring in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 5-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford. For those who wish, contributions in Blanche’s memory may be made to St. Albans Health Care & Rehab Facility – Resident Activity Fund, 596 Sheldon Rd., St. Albans, VT 05478.
, 69, passed away Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her loving family at her side. Phoebe was born July 24, 1941 in Westerly, RI the daughter of Edward A. and Elizabeth M. (Brown) Clark. In her earlier years, Phoebe raised a number of foster children. She was a wonderful caring Mom, dedicated to all of her children. She had worked three jobs simultaneously to be able to care for her family. In addition to her family, she enjoyed cross stitching and watching wrestling. Phoebe is survived by her children, Kelly Pecor and her husband Troy and Roland St. Martin and his wife Linda, all of Enosburg; 4 grandchildren Krysten St. Martin of Providence, RI, Randy Mason, Jr. of Enosburg, Anthony Mason of Richford and Taylor Pecor of Enosburg; a great grandson, Kenny Mangine of Fall River, MA; a sister Audrey Gouger of RI; a nephew William E. Burns of Westerly, RI; and an adopted daughter Charlene Rivers and her partner Cristal Allain of St. Albans. Phoebe was predeceased by twin daughters Tina and Dawn Marie who died shortly after birth. Friends are invited to call at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM when the family will be in attendance. A time of sharing remembrances will take place at the conclusion of calling hours. Should friends desire, gift in Phoebe’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 94, widow of Thomas C. Messier, passed away Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011 shortly after receiving the anointing of the sick at the St. Albans Health Care Facility with her daughter-in-law by her side. She was born September 8, 1916 in Berkshire the daughter of the late Wilbur & Winifred (Jones) Towle. Madeline raised her family in Franklin and in 1979 moved to Florida and maintained her residence there until she moved back to the Carriage House in Franklin in 2008. She worked as the Hot Lunch Agent at the Franklin Elementary/High School and then was a waitress at Dairyland Restaurant in Sheldon. She finally worked several years at Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans in the hospitality shop, retiring in 1979. Madeline enjoyed working in her gardens especially growing Gladiola’s. Some of her many enjoyments were knitting, crocheting, berrying, word searches and playing cards. Her family will remember her wonderful baking, making Christmas candy, taffy, popcorn balls and sugar-on-snow. Her grandchildren will always have the memories of riding around the back roads with their grandparents on the week-ends and their frequent stops for creamies. Madeline also loved animals especially her cats and dogs. She spent countless hours watching the chipmunks outside her window at the Carriage House. She is survived by her sons, James Messier and his wife Ronna of Franklin, Gary Messier of Lakeland, FL and Timothy Messier of Apopka, FL; her daughter, Judy Messier of Deltona, FL; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; her sister, Iris Plouff of St. Albans; several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Madeline was predeceased by 3 grandsons, David, Michael & Daniel “Boone” Messier; her daughter-in-law, Sylvia Messier; and her brother, Harry Towle. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Franklin United Church, 5374 Main Street, Franklin with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Private interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Franklin. A time of visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in Madeline’s memory to the Franklin Carriage House, 142 Homestead Drive, Franklin, VT 05457.
, 76, passed away on Friday evening, March 18, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Judy was born on February 5, 1935 in Selchow, Germany, the daughter of Herbert and Elfriene Ann Helene (Nitzel) Muller. In 1957, she was married to Maurice A. Reynolds and moved to the United States the following year. She became a naturalized US citizen on September 9, 1969. As a teenager, Judy studied the hairdressing profession. Later, in the US, she worked as a farmer and, also, at Soule’s syrup factory in East Fairfield, as a janitor at the Fairfield Central School and, for 8 years as a foster Grandmother for the first graders at Fairfield Central School. Judy especially enjoyed gardening, horses, children and dogs. In 2010 she became a survivor of breast cancer. In 2009, Judy was featured in a St. Albans Messenger news story, recounting her difficulties as a German child during WW II as the Russians and Poles occupied her home land and caused great suffering among her family members. Judy is survived by her daughter Christina Fecteau and her husband Dale of Richford; a brother, Willi Muller and a sister Brigitte Gullus, both of Ludwigsfelde, Germany. In addition to her parents, Judy was predeceased by her husband Maurice on April 18, 2002. The friends of Judy will be gathering Friday April 1, 2011 between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM at the St. Patricks Catholic Church Parish Hall, Church Rd. Fairfield. Should friends desire, gifts in Judy’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, Given E213, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405 or for Masses to be offered in Judy’s name.
, died Sunday March 20, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans one week after his 75th birthday. He was born in Waterville on March 13, 1936 the son of the late Homer & Gladys (Gross) Fletcher. Buster enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii during the time Hawaii became a state. He later became a member of the Vermont National Guard. He retired from Blue Seal Feeds in 2000 where he had worked for 44 years. Buster was an avid reader and fan of Louis L’Amour. He loved listening to country music and going for rides around the mountain. He looked forward to his daily walks around town with Pudge. He took pride in his garden and his lawn care. He liked to hunt and loved to sit on his porch with a cold can of beer on hot summer nights. He had a special love for Fords having owned several over the years. He loved to hear a good joke and had a good sense of humor and usually wore a smile. The true love of his life was his family. He was married to Joyce “Jo” (Farrar) Fletcher for 49 years, who survives him. He was the father to Kelli Peters and her fiancé, Michael Lawyer of Richford, Jody Fletcher and his wife Kelly of Richford, Aaron Fletcher and his wife Vicki of Richford, and Hailey Jewett and her companion James Latimer of Fairfax; his grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Amy, Emily, Jacob, Macie, Zach, Samantha, Katie, Evan and Emma; and a great granddaughter, Natalie born March 21, 2011. He leaves a brother, Noel “Buddy” Fletcher and his wife Janice; sisters-in-law, Joyce Fletcher of, Dorothy Fletcher, Geraldine D’Agostino; Doris Farrar, and Eunice Hogan; 2 brothers-in-law, Raymond Parent, and Ronald West; several nieces and nephews; a close friend, Freddy Lossman. He also leaves behind his pet pug dog, “Pudge” who was his constant companion and the numerous children who spent time at the Fletcher residence over the years considering it a second home where Buster treated them like family. Besides his parents, Buster was predeceased by his brothers, Fay, Garth, Vern & Keith Fletcher; and his sister, Iris and her husband James Todd. Buster’s family would like to thank the staff at the Northwestern Medical Center for the care they gave to Buster during his stay there. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Richford Center Cemetery with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers donations in Buster’s name may be made to the Green Mountain Pug Rescue, C/O Phil Douglas, 283 Town Line, Mendon, VT 05701.
passed away on Monday, March 21st after a long illness at the Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington. Marcel passed away with his loving family around him. Marcel was born December 10, 1928 in Sheldon the son of Archie & Henrietta (Fontaine) Dragon. Marcel lived most of his life in Enosburg Falls. He worked for years at the Bailey Grain Company and finished his work career working at the Enosburg Falls Power Plant. Marcel served in the US Army. Marcel was a quiet man with a wonderful sense of humor. He always had a positive outlook for each day. Marcel was always willing to give a helping hand if someone would need it. He enjoyed traveling, hiking and hunting. He married his love of his life Gala D. Lamonda on February 2, 1963. His pride & joy was his family. He enjoyed his grandchildren & great grandchildren and loved to make them laugh. Marcel captured many memories with the photographs he took over the years. He always had his camera ready. Over the years the family would pull the photographs out and go down memory lane. Marcel knew how much his family enjoyed these photographs and will cherish these and the memories they hold. Marcel leaves behind his three daughters, Cathy and her husband Norman Michaud of Georgia, Marsha and her husband Roland “Skip” Lamore, Jr, of Essex Junction, and Lisa of Enosburg Falls; his step-children and their spouses; Susan and her husband Bill Deuso, of Enosburg Falls, Norman and his wife Donna (Wright) Couture of Enosburg Falls, Linda and her husband Francis Elkins, of Montgomery, and Tina and her husband David Record of Richford; 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Gala in 2005, his step son Danny Couture in 1994; his granddaughter, Michelle Snider in 2002; and his great granddaughter, Alyssa Gervais in 1996 A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Cemetery in Richford. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers please donate to American Parkinson Disease Association Vermont Chapter, APDA VT Chapter, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
East Fairfield – Virginia E. “Dukie” Riley
, 81, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 23, 2011 at St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation in St. Albans. Virginia was born on January 29, 1930 in Fairfax, the daughter of Adelphis and Ruth (Ovitt) Robtoy. During her working years, Dukie was employed at Giants Dept. Store for a few years and then at Ames Dept. Store for 25 years retiring in 1993. Dukie was a very caring and giving person who was ready to help anyone in need and always made her home in East Fairfield open to everyone. Her love of cooking made sure that no one went away hungry. She looked forward to her morning coffee with lifelong friends, Becky Stone & Donna Boucher. Most importantly she loved to spend time with her grandchildren & great grandchildren especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She is survived by her children, Tonia Ryan of Norwich, CT, Cecil Riley and his friend Kim Willequer of Enosburg, Gloria Riley of East Fairfield, Dean Riley and his wife Laura of St. Albans, and Glenn Riley and his wife Nancy of Enosburg; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; her siblings and their spouses, Adelphis Robtoy Jr of Brooklyn, CT, Wayne & Joan Robtoy of Enosburg, Gloria Metayer of Enosburg, Reginald & Joan Beverly Robtoy of Enosburg, Cordell & Marcella Robtoy of Franklin, CT, Philip & Linda Robtoy of Griswold, CT, Beulah & Randy King of Danielson, CT, and Graydon & Pauline Robtoy of North Providence, RI; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Dukie was predeceased by her siblings, Ines Benway, Shirley Metayer, Ernest Robtoy and Cedric Robtoy. Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 1-3 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. In keeping with Dukie’s wishes there will be no funeral service. For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Albans Health Care & Rehab – Resident Activity Fund, 596 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 53, passed away Tuesday afternoon April 5, 2011 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born December 5, 1957 in Rutland the son of the late Harold J. & Carolyn A. (Smith) Abair. He was a resident of West Berkshire for the past 21 1/2 years and was a former resident of Vergennes. As a young man he served in the U.S. Army. He was the owner and operator of Abair Roofing which he started in 1990. Clayton was a hard working gentleman and so proud of his roofing etc. He loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and helping others. All of these things kept him busy right to his final days. He especially enjoyed his flower gardens. He was proud to be a grandfather and was known as Papa to his family. He also loved his pets, dog – Rocky and cat – Elmo. Clayton was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Marie (Gramling) Abair of West Berkshire; his sons, Christopher Abair and Travis Walker both of West Berkshire; his daughters, Kimberley Russell of Enosburg, Melanie Hutchens and husband Paul of Alabama and Julie Ingalls and husband Henry of Johnson; his grandchildren, Janathon Milam, Allyssa & Breanna Russell, Brandie Moody, Elizabeth Hutchens and Natalie Walker; his brothers and their spouses, Joseph & Cindy Abair of Essex, Robert & Sheila Abair of St. Albans and Jason Abair of Alburgh; his sister, Cathy Abair of Washington, VT; several nieces and nephews; his fathers-in-law, Edward Gramling of Strafford and Roy Shattuck Jr of St. Albans; and several brothers & sisters-in-law. Besides his parents, Clayton was predeceased by a son-in-law, Robbie Russell; and mothers-in-law, Margaret Gramling and Mildred Shattuck. Funeral services will be held Friday April 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in the West Berkshire Cemetery. Following the committal a pot luck dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall, 108 Depot St., Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held on Friday April 15th at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the hour of the funeral For those who wish, contributions in Clayton’s memory may be directed to the Spears Funeral Home, P.O. Box 396, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
age 88, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington. He was born June 17, 1922 in Luttrell, Tennessee the son of the late Harvey Esco & Eva (Chapman) Bruner. Harvey had been a resident of Essex Junction for the past 11 years and was a former resident of South Burlington. He drove tractor trailer for Holmes Transportation for 30 years. He served as a Boy Scout leader in South Burlington for several years. He enjoyed hunting, bowling and family camping trips. He also enjoyed returning home to Tennessee every April to see the Dogwood, Redbud & Azaleas in bloom. Harvey was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving with the First Special Service Force “The Devils Brigade”, an elite group of Americans & Canadians. He served in the European African & Middle Eastern Theatre and also the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. Harvey received three Purple Hearts, 3 Bronze Stars, 1 Silver Star among several other awards. He was also proud of his American & Canadian Jump Wings and his American Glider Wings. Harvey volunteered at the Vermont Military Museum at Camp Johnson and had been a guest speaker several times at the Mountain Warfare School. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joyce M. (Flanders) Bruner of Essex Junction. Harvey & Joyce were married on December 30, 1945. He is also survived by 3 sons, Dennis Bruner his wife Lucy of Mt. Home, TX / Berkshire, VT, Rodney Bruner and wife Cindy of Underhill, and Timothy Bruner of Colchester; 6 grandchildren, Shana, Kylynn, Nathan, Travis, Ben & Michelle Bruner; 1 great grandson, Logan Bruner; his step mother, Mamie Lapardo, Melrose Park, IL; a half-brother, John Bruner of Villa Park, IL; a half-sister, Stella Reckamp of Davis, IL’ several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Harvey was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly Ann Bruner on July 12, 2009. Harvey’s family wishes to thank the Doctor and staff at Starr Farm Nursing Center for the care provided to Harvey. Funeral services will be held Friday April 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. Interment with military honors will follow in the Resurrection Park Cemetery, 200 Hinesburg Road, So. Burlington. A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 12:00 PM until the hour of the funeral at the Ready Funeral Home. For those who wish, contributions in Harvey’s memory may be made to the Charity of ones choice.
, 52, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, April 12, 2011 at his home on Mineral Brook Road following a long battle with ALS. Paul was born on May 29, 1958 in St. Albans, the son of Rosaire and Vivian (Vachon) Paradis and was a graduate of Richford High School. Paul served in the US Army from 1978 to 1985 and, as a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, from 1986 to 2008. He was a civilian employee of the National Guard in St. Albans from 1987 to 2008 where he worked as a mechanic. He especially enjoyed hunting and horse racing and was a member of American Legion Post # 42 in Enosburg Falls and the United States Trotting Association. In addition to his parents, Rosaire and Vivian Paradis of Berkshire, Paul is survived by his wife, Susan (Begnoche) Paradis of Berkshire; a daughter Abigail of Berkshire; his brothers, Leo Paradis and wife Barbel of Berkshire, Albert Paradis and wife Dawn of Berkshire, Richard Paradis and friend Darlene of Enosburg, Joe Paradis and friend Stephanie of Texas and Charlie Paradis of North Carolina; his sisters Claudette Fleury of Enosburg, Lisa Kane of Essex and Helen Millinor of North Carolina; his nephews, Andre, Jonathan, Jeff, Sean, Kregg, Kasey, Jacob and Branden; his nieces, Kylie, Shannon, Megan, Laura and Jessica; mother and father-in-law, Therese and Gaston Begnoche of Montgomery Center and his brothers-in-law Marcel Begnoche and wife Naomi of Highgate and Armand Begnoche and wife Mikal of Bozeman, MT. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church, 169 Mountain Road, Montgomery Center with Rev. Karl Hahr officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of Paul’s family in St. Isidore’s Cemetery in Montgomery Center. Friends are invited to call at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Should friends desire, gifts in Paul’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or The ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 309, Concord, NH 03301.
passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at his home in Franklin, Vermont. He was born February 27, 1943 in Norwich, New York, the son of the late Claude and Gladys Breed. He graduated from Norwich High School in 1961, and spent the summer of his junior year in Sweden as an American Field Service exchange student. Enlisting in the Navy, he served on the mine sweeper, The Frigate Bird, as a radio controller. After serving in the Navy, he studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. After graduation from RPI in 1970, he worked for the Jones Division of Beloit Corporation in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1974, David was hired as Union Camp Corporation's first environmental engineer and moved to Franklin, Virginia, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Aaron and Rachel. He continued employment at the Union Camp facility in Franklin for the remainder of his career, and retired in 2000 as the plant manager for the Pulp Deinking and Recycling facility. During his years in Pittsfield and Franklin he enjoyed hiking, canoeing and camping with his family. He was an accomplished woodworker and loved cooking. He was an active participant in the Jaycee's and the YMCA. After retirement, he moved from Virginia and resided in Franklin, Vermont for the last eight years. David was involved in the local emergency medical response team for several years, active with the Franklin Watershed Committee and an active member of Franklin United Church. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children Aaron and Rachel, and stepsons Jonathan and Clark Galli, and enjoyed sharing photographs of his two grandchildren with friends. He is survived by a son, Aaron of Richmond, Virginia; a daughter, Rachel of Culpeper, Virginia; a grandson, Adam and granddaughter, Natalie. Also surviving are his sisters, Betsy Bennett, Claudia Walsh and Gretchen Farnsworth, all of Vermont, and a brother Alan Breed of Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:00 AM at the Franklin United Church, 5414 Main Street, Franklin, VT. There will also be visitation hours Tuesday evening at the church from 6:00-8:00 PM. Should friends desire, gifts in David’s memory may be made to Vermont Public Radio, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Haston Library in Franklin, VT, the Franklin Watershed Committee, or a charity of ones choice.
, age 70, passed away Monday evening, April 18, 2011 at the St. Albans Health Care & Rehab Facility. He was born October 31, 1940 in Montreal, Quebec Canada the son of the late Francis & Violet (Batten) Fleury. Jim moved to the United States in 1971. He had worked in the housekeeping department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH for several years before moving back to Vermont in 1978. Once back in Vermont he worked as a handyman for all of his family and friends and helped his brother-in-law, Carl at Bates Custom Sawing. He is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Paul & Lucy Fleury of Montreal, Quebec, Noella & Carl Bates of Berkshire, Peter Fleury of Sutton, Quebec, and Lorraine & Guy Maurice of Courtenay, British Columbia; several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Francis & Violet Fleury; a brother, Arthur “Buddy” Fleury; and a very special great niece, Jodi Robtoy. A graveside service will be held Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the East Franklin Cemetery, 4610 Lake Road, East Franklin with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. There will be no public visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Enosburg Food Shelf, P.O. Box 614, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
, 90, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 19, 2011 at St. Albans Health and Rehab Center. Barbara was born on October 8, 1920 in Barre, VT, the daughter of Arthur and Rose Helen (Riley) Neveu. Barbara was a talented artist who worked with both oils and, later, watercolors. She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed playing bingo throughout the area where she made many friends. Barbara was also a prolific reader. Barbara is survived by 2 daughters, Wendy Morrill and her husband Jeffery of St. Albans and Julie A. Robtoy and her husband Dwight of Enosburg Falls; a son Michael R. Amor of St. Albans; and 3 grandchildren, Jacob Morrill, Olivia Morrill and Riley Robtoy. Barbara was predeceased by her husband F. Thomas Amor, her brother Richard Stacey and her longtime companion Arthur C. Sutherland. In accordance with Barbara’s wishes there will be no services and she will be laid to rest in her family lot. Should friends desire, gifts in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, wife of Alan Jones, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born July 8, 1937 in Burlington the daughter of the late Donald & Geraldine (Schoolcraft) Dukett. Faith was a resident of Franklin since 1982 and was a former resident of Plainville, CT. She was a member of the East Franklin Union Church and was employed at General Electric in Burlington for 25 years retiring in 1992. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post # 778 in Swanton and the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 42 of Enosburg Falls. Faith was a generous supporter of animal causes and veterans organizations. She is survived by her husband, Alan Jones of Franklin; her daughter, Lydia Rivera of Holly Hill, FL; 2 grandsons, Jimmy Rivera and his wife Christa, and Danny Rivera; 6 great grandchildren, Trey, Alexandria Nicole, Atticus, Cole, Cloie & Karli Rivera; her step-children, Brenda & Timothy Gray of Duxbury, Rick Jones of Enosburg, Cheryl & Jeff Vance of Georgia, and David Jones of Rochester, NY.; 5 step grandchildren, Chad & Steven Vance, Jada & Ashleigh Jones, and Samantha Gray; a step-great granddaughter, Zakyia Vance; her brother, Sidney Dukett of Plainville, CT.. Besides her parents, Faith was predeceased by her grandson, Antonio Rivera. A graveside memorial service will be held Sunday June 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the East Franklin Cemetery with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. For those who wish, contributions in Faith’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave. Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405
, age 70, received his miracle April 25, 2011 and went to be with his Lord with his loving family by his side. Ernie had fought a valiant battle with lung cancer. Ernie was born on April 29, 1940, in Laager, TN, son of the late Ernest and Alma (Overturf) Ross. Ernie married Patricia Blaisdell, the “love of his life,” on June 18, 1966. Ernie was a loyal member of the Methodist Faith, and sincerely prayed that everyone knew his Savior. He attended many Bible studies, was an active member of Emmaus, and loved the Lord. Lovingly called a curmudgeon by one of his nurses, friends, and family and even strangers never doubted where they stood or what Ernie thought. Ernie was a self-employed maverick. He was a dedicated and hardworking family man. You would often find him showing his love for others by working on projects for them. You might also find him fishing, playing cards, or enjoying the Lake. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter April Dawn, his father in law, Willard Blaisdell; mother in law, Izola Spaulding Blaisdell; his brother, Bobby Gifford; brothers in law, Dean Blaisdell, Robert Sweatt, and Doug Stem. In addition to his wife Patricia, survivors include his daughters, their husbands, and his grandchildren: Alisha (Michael) Adams, Abigail, Alizabeth, Adianna, Michael, Matthew; Anissa (Christopher) Seguin, Ross, Emily, and Samuel, and Timothy Nadeau (foster grandson); Alexa (Joseph) Ferlise, Austin and Ashley; Aneda Ross (Philip Murray), Zachary, Vallary, Hillary, and Aivvary. Also surviving Ernie are his siblings: Mary Stem, Wanda Sweatt, Vicki (David) Talley, and Sonya Patton, his in laws: Emerson Blaisdell, Sandra (Robert) Lemnah, Kermit (Lois) Blaisdell, and Deborah (Alan) Grandshaw. Many nieces and nephews, an Aunt Bonnie Goodhue and many cousins, including one very special cousin, Betty Nan Church with whom he was raised. Ernie believed heartily in tithing and donated generously to many charities throughout his lifetime. If you so choose, he would like his memory honored with gifts given to St. Paul’s UMC 11 Church Street, St. Albans, VT 05478; Tracy City UMC –Music Ministry, PO Box 667, Tracy City, TN 37387, or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26 at 6PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Marguerite Gage, presiding. Following the service all are invited to join the family in Fellowship Hall. Interment, at a later date will be in the Binghamville Cemetery.
FRANKLIN (LAKE CARMI) – William Lawrence Bonnette, Jr
, age 67, passed away Thursday afternoon April 28, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 16, 1943 in Norfolk, VA the son of the late William L. Bonnette Sr. and Jeanne Margaret (Giroux) Bonnette. Bill grew up in Richford and was a 1961 graduate of Richford High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1961 serving during the Viet Nam War aboard the USS Raton receiving an honorable discharge in 1964. Bill began a career with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1964 and held various positions around the country including Border Patrol Agent, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, Criminal Investigator, Supervisory Immigration Officer in Charge and Supervisory Criminal Inspector. He worked in Calexico, Sacramento, San Diego and Livermore, California; Albany and Buffalo, NY; Fairfield, ME; St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands; and at the Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington DC. He helped lead one of the nation’s finest paramilitary police forces while serving as the Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol and Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Washington, DC. As the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent he worked from September 1979 through October 1986 and as Deputy Assistant Commissioner from October 1986 through July 1992. Bill culminated his career as the Chief Patrol Agent of Livermore, CA in March of 1995. As a highly regarded professional in the area of border protection Bill was contracted to work as a Senior Advisor to the Republic of Georgia’s Georgian Border Guard. He worked from June – December of 2004 as an in-country advisor thereby making his professional career international in scope. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post # 12 of Richford. He enjoyed sailing, playing tennis and his beloved pets. Bill is survived by his wife, Melissa (Mallory) Bonnette of Franklin. Bill and Melissa were married June 24, 1992. He is also survived by his daughters, Nicolle Bonnette of Williamsburg, VA and Autumn Walker and her husband Andy of Perkinston, MS; his siblings and their spouses, Sharon & Rosaire Larose of Enosburg Falls, Robert Bonnette of Trenton, NJ, Edmond & Darlene Bonnette of Sicklerville, NJ, Richard & Toni Bonnette & Michael Bonnette all of Haddonfield, NJ, Jean Paul & Linda Bonnette of Sewell, NJ, James & Lyana Bonnette of Erial, NJ, Michelle & Joe Baldino of Somerdale, NJ, and Jaclyn & Dane Brewer of Hagerstown, MD; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved companions, Dobi & Max. He was predeceased by his mother, Jeanne Bonnette on March 27, 1977; his father, William L. Bonnette Sr on July 23, 1983; his son, Christopher Bonnette on September 15, 1990; and his sister, Suzanne Melchiorre on July 15, 2003. In keeping with Bill’s wishes he will be cremated and there will no public funeral services or visiting hours. Bill’s family would like to give many thanks especially to the compassionate hospice caregivers of the Franklin County Home Health Agency. For those who wish, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
, 43, passed away at home with his loving family at his side on Friday, April 29, 2011 after a brief battle with advanced colon cancer. He was born on May 20th, 1967 to the late Kenneth and Pierrette (Loiselle) Wimble in Georgia Vermont. He attended the Georgia Elementary school and graduated from Bellows Free Academy Saint Albans in 1986. He later attended the Baron’s Institute of Technology and graduated as a fully certified diesel mechanic. Over the years Doug has worked for several employers, most recently Terry Hill Trucking, Inc. in Milton as a diesel mechanic. In the past he has worked for Martin Brothers Trucking, Bourdeau Brothers, Inc., Albany Transport and Harrison Concrete. Doug was also an accomplished driver who has had his class A CDL for several years and enjoyed driving over the road very much. On May 18th, 1996 he was united in marriage to Amelia “Amy” Benjamin at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Doug is survived by his wife of almost 15 years, Amelia and his children Benjamin and Emily Wimble all of Highgate Center. His mother Pierette Wimble of Georgia and his siblings and their spouses, Kathy Palmer and her husband Michael of Georgia, Richard Wimble and his wife Peggy of Fairfax and Bruce Wimble of Georgia. He is further survived by his in-laws Gary and Mary Benjamin of Highgate Center. Doug also leaves an aunt, several uncles, several cousins, several nieces, a nephew and a great nephew. Doug will also be missed by our very special friends, the Bourdeau family and the Longway family. Doug was predeceased in death by his father, Kenneth Wimble. Doug touched many lives while he was with us. Doug enjoyed camping with his kids in our camper and he also enjoyed spending time in his garage tinkering with whatever project he was working on. Doug was an avid follower of NASCAR and loved to cheer on his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Northwestern Medical Center and Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine. We would also like to extend special thanks and appreciation to the concierge service at NMC who made Doug’s time in the hospital happier and who was a wonderful comfort to us. A finally a special thank you to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program for the loving care provided to Doug. Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT on Monday May 2, 2011 from 5-8 PM. A special service of remembrance held at Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in Doug’s memory to the Jim Bashaw Cancer & Catastrophic Illness Fund, C/O Northwestern Medical Center, 133 Fairfield St., Conference Room 1, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
BAKERSFIELD, VT – The Rev. Virginia C. Thomas
, one of the first women to be ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church in America, died April 30 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was 93. After raising four children and extensively traveling the world with her husband, the late R. David Thomas, Jr., she enrolled in the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She graduated in 1978 with a Master’s of Arts in Religion and was ordained shortly thereafter. Following her ordination she organized the Dolphin Program in the Philadelphia area. Modeled on the close-knit behavior of these sea mammals, Dolphins are volunteers who call upon lonely people in nursing homes and become their one-to-one companions. The program spread nationwide during the following ten years before Rev. Thomas retired from it in 1988. The Thomas couple then moved to Vermont, building a home in rural Franklin County adjacent to their daughter Betsy and her growing family. Rev. Thomas was deacon of the local parish, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Enosburg Falls. Until a month before her death she regularly preached sermons that were known for their good humor, sound theology and insightful observations of family and the world around her. Rev. Thomas was born in Utica, NY the daughter of the late Daniel R. & Bessie O. (Cowles) Campbell. In 1935 she graduated from Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NY where her father was a science teacher. She graduated Cornell University in 1939, majoring in French, and embarked on her 68-year marriage the following year. She is survived by her children, Niel Thomas and partner Hermine Baker of Anchorage, AK, Duncan Thomas and wife Nina of La Canada, CA, Betsy Hart and husband Alan of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Forrest Keelty and wife Melissa, Paul Keelty and wife Regan, Shannon Millington and husband Brian, and Wilder, David and Dylan Thomas; great grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Emma, and Noah Keelty, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son Andrew, and brothers, J. Duncan Campbell and wife Helen, and Hallock Campbell and wife Edie. Funeral services will be held May 21 at 9:30 AM at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 323 Church St., Enosburg Falls, with The Rt. Reverend Thomas Clark Ely, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, officiating. The urn will later be placed next to her hus-band’s in the Garth of St. Asaph’s Church in Bala Cynwyd, PA. For those who wish, contributions in Rev. Thomas’ memory may be made to the Vermont Food Bank.
Albany, NY/Fairfield, VT - Raymond David Fisk
, 80 died on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at his home in Albany. Raymond was born on November 21, 1930 in Berkshire, VT, the son of George and Delia (Deuso) Fisk. He attended schools in Fairfield and Brigham Academy in Bakersfield, VT. Following high school, Raymond joined the US Army Infantry and saw action in the Korean War. Following his return to Vermont in 1953, Raymond worked in the Fairfield area for a number of years and later worked for Ethan Allen Furniture in Orleans, VT. Raymond loved to cook and, in the 1980’s, became “The Cook” at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, NY. Upon his retirement in 1997, Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings proclaimed a “Ray Fisk Day” on August 28, 1997. Ray had prepared and served over 700,000 meals at the mission. Raymond leaves a sister-in-law, Edith Fiske of Enosburg Falls as well as nieces and nephews, Larry and Marty Fiske, Susan Chapman and Gary and Sharon Fiske of Enosburg Falls, Wayne and Nancy Fiske of Franklin, Kenneth and Joanne Fiske of Montgomery Center, Patricia Cummins of Columbia, NC, Polly and Leon Bushey of Fairfield, Theresa Smith of Bakersfield, Reginald and Ruth Fiske of Swanton, Carolyn and Harvey Bushey of Franklin and James Judd of Lebanon, NH; an aunt, Charlotte Deuso of Montgomery and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, George and Delia Fisk, Raymond was predeceased by a sister Louise (Peggy) Judd and brothers, William (Bill), Charles (Charlie) and Homer several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave. in Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Berkshire Center Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Should friends desire, gifts in Raymond’s memory may be made to Martha’s Kitchen, 22 Kingman St., St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 85, passed away Friday morning May 6, 2011 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans. She was born in St. Albans on December 10, 1925 the daughter of the late Thaddeus & Evelyn (Sharby) Perron. Geraldine has been a resident of Swanton for the past 17 years and was a former resident of Richford, Berkshire, St. Albans and Connecticut. Geraldine worked for many business’s during her working career including, Fonda Container & Hard’ack both in St. Albans, Gilman’s Variety, A & P Market and Brouillette’s Clothing Store all in Richford and Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. Geraldine was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and reading. She is survived by her husband, Roland R. Jacobs of Swanton; her son, Dennis Jacobs his wife Simone of Richford; her daughter, Betty Benoit her husband Pierre of Franklin; her grandchildren and their families, Roxanne Tanner her husband Robert and their son David, Karen Jacobs and her children, Kayla & Kenyon, Jody Benoit his wife Kathy and their children, Logan & Camryn, Laurie Benoit and her companion Keith Phelps, and John Jacobs and his partner Diane Tatro; her sister, Shirley Vincent of Holyoke, MA; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Geraldine was predeceased by 2 sons, Robert & Gary Jacobs; her step father, Raymond Bruce; her brother, Frederick Perron; and 2 sisters, Patricia Rowley and Mary Morse. Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM at All Saints Cemetery in Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Geraldine’s memory may be made to All Saints Cemetery, C/O All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main Str., Richford, VT 05476
, age 84, passed away Tuesday morning, May 10, 2011 at her home with her husband, Tom and good friend, Joan Robtoy at her side. She was born February 12, 1927 in New Milford, New York the daughter of the late Edwin & Mary (Paddock) Buchanan. Betty was a resident of East Bakersfield since 1976. She was a former resident of Warwick, New York where she worked as a receptionist for the Ackerman Chiropractic Clinic prior to taking the roll as a mother and homemaker while raising her son. She was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Warwick where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir and after moving to Vermont she had attended the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church. Betty also enjoyed playing the organ, watching the native wild animals crossing the lawn, her flowers both inside and outside of her home and spotting a returning blue bird of spring. She is survived by her husband Thomas Hickey of East Bakersfield. Betty & Tom were married December 6, 1969. She is also survived by her grandson, Michael Cochran of Warwick, NY; a sister, Natalie Kroh of Marlboro, NY; and a niece, Penny Kroh and her husband William Siddle of Ahoskie, NC; a step sister, Shirley Leinweber. Besides her parents, Betty was predeceased by her step father, Edward O’Brien; her son, Thomas Gregory Cochran; her step brother, Edward “Eddie” O’Brien; and her step-sister, Kathleen Tate. In keeping with Betty’s wishes she will be cremated and there will be no memorial service or visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Martha’s Kitchen, 22 Kingman St., St. Albans, VT 05478
, age 39, passed away unexpectedly Sunday May 15, 2011 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born June 25, 1971 in St. Albans the son of Duane & Debbie (Hoague) Ladieu. James had worked for Harrison Concrete and enjoyed his work and his co-workers. He was a NASCAR fan with his favorite driver being Jimmie Johnson. His family will remember him as a good cook but more importantly kind hearted, generous and always willing to help others. He is survived by his parents, Duane & Debbie Ladieu of Enosburg Falls; his son, Tyler Faukner of St. Albans; his step-children, Rusty, Billy & Cassie; his brother, David Ladieu and his wife Sonya of Colchester, his sister, Connie Ladieu and her fiancé Harry Meiggs of St. Albans; his brother, Duane A. Ladieu and his fiancé Anna Kane of Enosburg Falls; nieces, Cortney, Catherine, Meggan, Maggie, Tori, Claressa, and a nephew, Devin; a brother-in-law, Eric Sweet of Enosburg Falls; several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the Missisquoi Cemetery in Enosburg Falls. A time of visitation will be held Wednesday at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the hour of the funeral. For those who wish, contributions in James’s memory may be made to Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave. Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405
, age 83, passed away at his home on his birthday Wednesday morning, May 18, 2011. He was born May 18, 1928 in Fairfield the son of the late Robert E. & Henrietta Mary (Therrien) Sweet. Raymond was a lifelong resident of Fairfield where he worked on several area dairy farms and had worked for the Town of Fairfield. Raymond enjoyed puttering around his home, gardening and watching the birds. Most of all he loved to be with his family. He is survived by his siblings, Frederick Sweet and Ethel Sweet of Fairfield with whom Raymond shared his home with. Also, Gordon Sweet of Highgate Center, George Sweet and his wife Linda of LaGrande, OR, Robert Sweet and his wife Gloria of Sheldon, Ronnie Sweet and his wife Carol of Georgia, Dorothy Draper of St. Albans, and Shirley Burnor and her husband Terrance of Wilberham, MA; several nieces and nephews; and his Home Health Team, Lisa Phillips, Sophia Greenia, Ann Grandchamp, and Pattie-Ann Draper. Besides his parents, Raymond was predeceased by his best friend and uncle, Edward Therrien. Per Raymond’s wishes there will be no funeral services or visiting hours. He will be cremated and he will be laid to rest in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions in Raymond’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
, age 83, passed away Saturday morning May 21, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans surround by her loving family. She was born in Berkshire on July 25, 1927 the daughter of the late Lyman & Ethel (Lawyer) Dudley. Maggie was a lifelong resident of Richford and for the past two years she resided at Our Lady of the Meadows where she made many special friends. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 12 of Richford and a member of the Richford 1st Baptist Church. She worked as a cook at the Richford High School, Pat’s Place and the Richford Country Club. She also worked as a child care provider and sewed at the Richford Sewing Shop. Maggie enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing BINGO, watching TV, talking to her friends and family on the phone and most of all she loved spending time with her family. She is survived by a son, Stephen Rivers and his wife Mary Ann Westover of Fairfax; a daughter, Julie Rivers and her husband Harry Mashtare of Swanton; daughters-in-law, Marilyn Rivers of Richford, and Linda Rivers of Panama City, FL; her grandchildren, Chad, Kristie, Jennifer, Tim, Jesse, Carrie, Uriah, Sarah & Irene; her great grandchildren, Chelsea, Mackenzie, Morgan, Madalyn, Jacey, Alan, Katelyn, Jaden, Dylan, Olivia, and Matthew; a sister, Dorothy Lawyer of Enosburg Falls; her brothers, Myron Dudley and his wife Esther of Highgate; and Donald Putnam and his wife Gretchen of Highgate; several special nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Maggie was predeceased by her husband, Alden Rivers on December 15, 2008. Alden & Maggie were married on March 30, 1946. She was also predeceased by her sons, Orin Rivers on January 21, 1993 and Alan Rivers on December 26, 2006; her twin sister, Marjorie Wynn; and brother, Lynwood Dudley. A memorial service will be held Thursday May 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Richford 1st Baptist Church, 30 School Street, Richford with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the West Hill Cemetery in Montgomery. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Maggie’s memory may be made to the Richford 1st Baptist Church, 30, School St., Richford, VT 05476 or to Our Lady of the Meadows – Resident Activity Fund, 1 Pinnacle Meadows, Richford, VT 05476.
, age 69, passed away Saturday May 21, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) in St. Albans with her loving family by her side. She was born January 3, 1942 in Enosburgh the daughter of the late Carmi & Chloe (Archambault) Farrar Jo grew up in Enosburgh and graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1960. In 1961 she married Lynn “Buster” Fletcher who predeceased her March 20, 2011. Jo loved her family very much and was a mother and grandmother to her own and a large extended family. She was “Grandma Jo” to many children throughout the years. Even the worst acting kids behaved when they were with “Grandma Jo” and loved her for it. Weekly Sundays Dinners at Buster & Jo’s were looked forward to by not only family but many friends. She enjoyed socializing, going to BINGO, and playing cards with the girls. She enjoyed many laughs at the “Eating Meeting” with her friends and working with friends and family at River Street House of Pizza. Jo was a woman of strong opinion and was not afraid to voice it. She was very creative and known for her witty poems and award winning Halloween costumes. She was also an avid reader and a devoted Red Sox fan. She was the mother to Kelli Peters and her fiancé, Michael Lawyer of Richford, Jody Fletcher of Richford, Aaron Fletcher and his wife Vicki of Richford, and Hailey Jewett and her companion James Latimer of Fairfax; her grandchildren, Amanda, Ben, Amy, Emily, Riley, Jacob, Macie, Zach, Samantha, Katie, Evan and Emma; and a great granddaughter, Natalie born March 21, 2011. She leaves a special sister Geraldine “Toot” D’Agostino; brothers-in-law, Raymond Parent and his wife Charlotte, Ronald West, and Noel “Buddy” Fletcher and his wife Janice; sisters-in-law, Joyce Fletcher, Dorothy Fletcher, Doris Farrar, and Eunice Hogan; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Jo was predeceased by her brothers, Raymond & Elwin Farrar; and her sisters, Betty West & Mabel Parent; and a son-in-law, Tim Peters. Jo’s family would like to let everyone know how happy and grateful we are to all the staff at NMC. Since we spent so much time there in the past few months, we have been treated so good by the ED doctors & nurses, concierge services, respiratory personnel and the rest of the support staff, especially Dr. Reddy who took great care of Jo and Buster during their time there. We are lucky to have them in Franklin County. A graveside service will be held Sunday May 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Richford Center Cemetery, South Richford Road with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Jo’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476.
, age 75, passed away peacefully Monday, May 30, 2011 in the comfort of his home. He was born October 2, 1935 in Bakersfield, VT the son of the late Harold and Hazel (Daigue) Perry. Jack was born and raised in Bakersfield and was a graduate of Brigham Academy. On July 5, 1958 Jack married the love of his life, Penny Ann Montague. Jack and Penny had 6 children and raised their family in Bakersfield. He was a career IBM employee and loved to spend summers at their camp on Fairfield Pond. He loved to hunt and fish, mostly only to observe the wildlife. After retiring from IBM in 1995, Jack spent most of his time working in the woods, maple sugaring, and spending time with his beloved family. Jack will be remembered for his great sense of humor and quick wit. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Penny Ann (Montague) Goss of Bakersfield; his children; Thomas Goss of Enosburg, Jack Goss Jr. of Bakersfield, Lisa Maynard and her husband Steve of Bakersfield, Heather Tanner and her husband Bob of Belvidere, Timothy Goss and his wife Rhonda, and Daniel Goss and his wife Kimberly all of Bakersfield; several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren; a sister Mary Perry of Burlington; a brother-in-law Jim Montague and his wife Chris of Anchorage, AK; a brother-in-law Garry Montague and his wife Virginia; a sister-in-law Linda McCall all of Bakersfield; several nieces and nephews and a very special lifelong friend Teed Lawyer of Bakersfield. Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his in-laws Rupert and Audrey Montague and his brother Woodman “Woody” Daigue. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the United Church of Bakersfield, 54 East Bakersfield Road, Bakersfield with Pastor Lyle Miller officiating, assisted by Pastor Lyle Willey. Interment will follow the service at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bakersfield. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. For those who wish, contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
MONTGOMERY CENTER - Denise Watson Stepanek, R.N.
passed away on Thursday June 2nd at the age of 82 following a lengthy illness. She was born December 16, 1928 in Barbados, West Indies the daughter of the late Robert & E.M. (Edwards) Watson. She was predeceased by her husband George and her brother Howard, She is survived by her brother Chester (Betty) their sons Bob and Rick, and Howard's (Helen) children Nancy, Peter and Wendy and 11 great nieces and nephews. She was educated in Barbados, graduated from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and moved to Montgomery Center in 1964 when she married George. She worked for many years at North Country Hospital in Newport. Denise's family would like to thank her friends for their love and kindness over the past years. We would also like to extend an appreciation to Ave Maria Community Care Homes and Franklin County Rehab Centre for their care and support. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 323 Church Street, Enosburg Falls, Vermont. 05450 on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers a donation to St. Matthews Church, P.O. Box 276, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 would be appreciated.
, age 60, passed away Monday morning June 6, 2011 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. She was born August 13, 1950 in Brushton, NY the daughter of the late Jeremiah & Sadie (Dewyea) Durgan. Eleanor has been a longtime resident of Richford. She enjoyed playing cards, BINGO and dice. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family and friends. They will all remember her for her loving heart and willingness to help others. She is survived by her children, Keith Sochia and his wife April of Richford, Karen Wagner and her husband Carl of Richford, Arthur Sochia Jr of St. Albans, Robert Sochia and his wife Hayley of St. Albans, James Sochia and his wife Linda of Enosburg Falls, Sadie Barnes of Richford and Justin Barnes and his girlfriend Holly of Enosburg Falls; her grandchildren, Kimberly Wagner, Jennifer Wagner, Seth Sochia, Tyler Sochia, Kaylee Sochia and Abbigail Barnes; her siblings and their spouses, Raymond & Linda Durgan of Conway, SC, Mary Stone of Lowville, NY, Marie Downer of Southbridge, MA, Betty Peach and her friend Victor Linnares of Southbridge, MA, Harold & Pearl Durgan of Richford and Bonita & Karl Barnes of Richford; several nieces and nephews; Besides her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by her 1st husband, Arthur Sochia and her 2nd husband, Everett Barnes; and her sister, Patricia Johnson. A memorial service will be held Friday June 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Richford 1st Baptist Church, 30 School St., Richford with Pastor Lyle Willey officiating. There will be no visiting hours. For those who wish, contributions in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 236, Richford, VT 05476.