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, 75, of Main Street, died Friday morning, November 6, 2015 at his home with his family at his bedside.
Born October 28, 1940 in St. Johnsbury, he was the son of Alan Grant and Christina (Darling) Gilbert, Sr. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and was a graduate of Spaulding High School both in Barre and later from Champlain College in Burlington with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
In November of 1962 he married Marjorie Jean Weaver in Bristol, VT. Since 1976, they have lived at their present home in Washington.
Most of his working life had been spent as an inventory specialist for the former L.B. Smith Equipment Company on Barre’s South Main Street and later for the Bombardier Company in Barre Town, retiring in 1989.
He enjoyed everything in the out of doors and will be well remembered as a Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball Coach and Umpire in Barre Town and Washington. Alan was also an avid and dedicated Red Sox Baseball fan.
Besides his wife Marjorie, he leaves his daughter Heather Sanders and her husband, George, of Barre City and sons William Gilbert and his wife, Supanee, of Plattsburgh, NY and Mathew Gilbert and his wife, Nancy, also of Barre City as well as seven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Also surviving is his sister Elaine Gilbert Bennett of Williamstown and a niece.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son Alan G. Gilbert III.
The service to honor Alan’s life will be celebrated Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Washington Baptist Church.
Interment will be made in the Berlin Corner Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 94, of the South Barre Road, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center. Her family had been at her bedside.
Born July 3, 1920, in Newport, she was the daughter of Joseph J. and Anna (Dubey) Lahar. She was a graduate of Newport High School and the Cooley-Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing in Northampton, Massachusetts as a Registered Nurse in 1943. She later received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Castleton (Vermont) State College.
On July 1, 1947 she married Normand E. Girouard in Newport. Following their marriage, they made their home there. They later were long-time residents of the Barre area and will be well remembered as owners and operators of the former Girouard St. Jude Nursing Home in South Barre from 1965 to 1990. Normand died February 28, 1974.
Audria was a WWII Veteran of U.S. Army Service from May 1944 to March 1946 and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps at the General Hospital at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts.
She enjoyed gardening, knitting, reading, travelling and playing golf.
Her memberships included St. Monica Catholic Church and Court St. Monica of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas; Knights of Columbus Auxiliary; the American College of Health Care Administrators; Vermont Association of Retarded Children and was an active participant in the Vermont Health Care Association.
Survivors include her 5 sons; Normand E. Girouard, Jr., and wife, Katherine, of Draper, Utah; Raymond Girouard and wife, Regina, of Fairfax, Virginia; Joseph Girouard of Shrewsbury, Vermont; Philip Girouard of Williamstown and Peter Girouard and wife, Suzanne, of Ludlow, Vermont and 3 grandchildren; Matthew, Timothy, and Victoria Girouard and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, Normand, she was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters.
Later inurnment will be made in the Hope Cemetery in Barre City under the direction of her family.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140.
, 84, of Graniteville Road, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the his home with his family at his bedside.
Born on September 28, 1930 in St. Albans, he was the son of Albert and Laurette (St. Amant) Giroux. He moved with his family in 1942 to Graniteville. He attended Holy Ghost School in Graniteville and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Montpelier in 1949.
From 1952 until 1954, during the Korean Conflict, he served in the United States Marine Corps at Cherry Point, NC.
On September 24, 1955, Philip married Leola M. Bryant in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Following their marriage, they lived for a time in Barre before moving to Graniteville. In 1964, they moved to their present home on Graniteville Road. Leola died May 29, 2014.
Phil first worked for Buy Right Super Market and Swifts Meat Packing Company. In 1957, he began his career in the granite industry. He began as an apprentice stonecutter for the Anderson-Friberg Company and went on to work for the Lawson Granite Company, Cook, Watkins, and Patch where he learned sandblasting and how to shape roses, and Beck and Beck where he worked with Arnie Lavigne. In 1967, he purchased Modern Granite Company with Adelard “Sluggo” Benoit and started Culture Craft Sand Blast Company where he worked for several years until his retirement in 1992. For several years after retirement, Phil also did cemetery lettering.
As a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville, Phil served on the Finance and Parish Councils, was a lector for many years, and was active with close friends and other members in the maintenance projects of the church. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post 10, both of Barre.
Phil took great pride in his home and the grounds around it. His interests through the years included hunting, playing golf, anything sports related, and repairing and restoring furniture. He was an avid New York Yankees and Montreal Canadians Fan.
Survivors include his son, Thomas John Giroux and his wife, Miraflor of Rutland; three daughters, Lynda Ann Salter and her husband, Norman of Monkton, Ann Marie Brown and her husband, Daniel of Graniteville, and Susan Beth Giroux-Cohen and her husband, Elliot of Pepperell, MA; six grandchildren, Meganne Elizabeth Smith, Ryan Thomas Giroux, Mallory Quinn Shepard, Morgan Teresa Salter, Seth Daniel Brown, and Curtis Philip Brown; six great-grandchildren, Marilla Kathleen, Margaret Orion, Sophie Rollins, Ayla Quinn, Sophie Ann, and Hudson Daniel; two brothers, Leonard Giroux and his wife, Elsie of Randolph and Armand Giroux and his wife, Lisbeth of East Lyme, CT; two sisters, Pauline Coates of Williston and Genevieve “Genny” LaValley of Latham, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by two sisters, Madeline Connerton and Simone Mary-Louis Giroux.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Interment will follow in St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 85, of Wilson Street, died Monday, April 6, 2015, with her family at her side in the Garden Room at the Gifford Healthcare in Randolph.
Born in Barre on January 13, 1930, she was the daughter of Elmer and Ila (Abare) Beede. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1947.
After graduation, she was first employed with Green Mountain Power Corporation. She devoted twenty-five years to raising her family and then took a position in the admissions department of the Central Vermont Medical Center. Upon her retirement, she worked part-time for other organizations, including Washington County Mental Health and the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District.
Shirley was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed reading, dancing, exercise, and crafts. She had been active at the Barre Senior Center and was a volunteer at the Vermont State House.
In 1987, Shirley married John Kreisz in the East Barre Congregational Church where she was a longtime member. Following their marriage, they made their home in Graniteville, Williamstown and South Barre. John survives her. At the time of her death, Shirley was residing at Heaton Woods in Montpelier.
Shirley was first married to Leonard Giroux in 1948. She is survived by her daughters and sons from that marriage; Sylvia Giroux Relation of Barre Town, Anita Giroux Strong (Paul) of Fitchburg, MA, Michael Giroux (Gina) of Barre, Steven Giroux (Rebecca) of Huntington, Norman Giroux (Yolanda) of Norfolk, VA, Donald Giroux of Orange, Brian Giroux (Laurie) of Barre, and Kimberly Giroux of Barre Town; her 17 grandchildren, Eric and Amy Relation, Erin Reavey, Patricia Fitzpatrick, Lisa Fletcher, Amanda McKinnon, Gregory Giroux, Laura Hill, Katrina Lauzon, Abigail Laisson, Monica, Jason, and Kevin Giroux, Heather Elliott, Jessica Jackson, and Evan and Casey Johnson; 24 great-grandchildren with the 25th due this month. She also leaves a brother, Robert Beede (Eleanor) of Williamstown and their sons.
Shirley was predeceased by two sons-in-law, Edward Relation and Brendan McFadden.
Her funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Special Olympics, c/o Susan Pittsley, PO Box 79, East Barre, VT 05649.
, 81, of Buick Street, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin with her family at her bedside.
Born May 18, 1934 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Ricardo and Fermina (Rueda) Gomez. She attended Lower Websterville Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1952.
On December 17, 1955 she married David W. Gomez at her parent’s home in Lower Websterville. Following their marriage they made their home in Norfolk, VA., Annapolis, MD., and Kittery, ME., while David was in the United States Navy. Since his discharge, they made their home at their present location. He died March 1, 1983.
In earlier years, she had worked as a telephone operator in the Barre office of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.
She enjoyed her home and family, yard sales, bingo, and shopping.
Survivors include her 2 daughters; Linda Plante and her husband, Gary, of South Barre, and Anita Slayton of Williamstown, as well as 2 grandsons Timothy Brick Jr., and David Slayton.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, David, and her sister, Manuela Gomez.
Her life will be celebrated and honored with a committal and graveside service at the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town at the convenience of her family.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Meals on Wheels – The Galley, 14 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641 or the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 76, of Westwood Parkway, died Thursday night, February 4, 2016 at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center where she had been admitted in August of 2011.
She was born July 15, 1939 in Step Rock, AR, the daughter of Ewing and Lucy (Holden) Walls and had attended elementary and high school in San Bernardino and Buena Park, CA.
In earlier years she assisted her parents on their share crop farm in Arkansas and will be remembered for her volunteer service to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Posts in Barre.
Stella was first married to Billie Hayes and they later divorced. She had been a long-time and loving companion to Patrick H. Gomez of Barre who died February 15, 1995. They will be joined together at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the Spring.
Survivors include nephews Bobbie and Fred Wray of Pharr, TX; Eugene Walls of Little Rock, AR and Darrel Walls of Strasburg, VA and nieces Sharon Cook of Ripon, CA; and Marie Schumacher Shelby as well as special friends Michael and Roger McManis, Danielle McAndrew, and Roberta Bliss. Her parents and siblings predeceased her.
A graveside service with inurnment to follow will be made at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the Spring, and will be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activity Fund, Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
, 85, of Hollister Hill Road, friend, husband and father, died peacefully in his home on September 17, 2015.
Bill was born in New York City on October 4, 1929 and grew up in Jersey City, NJ. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. He was married to Mary Ann Webb, with whom he had 5 children, from 1952-1970. He remarried in 1977 and has been married to Susan Cohn-Goss for the past 38 years.
Bill studied at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. He received his pilot's license during this time then worked in the aircraft industry for many years, including long-term jobs at Sikorski Helicopters in Bridgeport, CT, and Agusta Aeronautics in Milan, Italy.
With his wife, Susan, Bill founded a successful media product company, Maxima Magnetics, in Hatboro, PA. He ran the company for 20 years, finally retiring and moving full-time to Marshfield, VT, where he served on the Schoolhouse Common Board of Directors. Bill was also a long-standing member of the Grouchy Old Men, an informal group of friends who met regularly to assist each other with building projects, but more importantly, to hang out and share irreverent views on life.
Bill loved Vermont and bought property and a home in 1981. It was truly the home of his heart. He made many friends, young and old. He was a hard worker, a good neighbor, and a lover of life. He could tell a great joke, explain the most technical concept in detail, and converse about abstract ideas with expansive consciousness.
He was well loved and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Cohn-Goss of Marshfield, VT; his son, Joel Goss of Garrison, NY; his daughter, Suzanne Goss of Langhorne, PA; his daughter, M'Lou Gillespie of Berlin, VT; and his son, Richard Goss of Franklin, IN.
He was predeceased by his youngest son, Austin Goss, in 1998.
A celebration of his life will be held at his home at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bernie Sanders for President, PO Box 905, Burlington, VT 05402, as Bill would have it.
passed away at the University of Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness on Friday, April 17, 2015. He was born on September 12, 1949 in Barre, Vermont to William and Margaret (Barnes) Goulette.
Steve graduated from Spaulding High School in 1968 and lived in the Barre area all his life. He worked at Wells Lamson Quarry, Sprague Electric, and Bombardier before retiring.
He joined the Vermont National Guard in 1969 and served his country with pride for 39 years, retiring in 2008. He deployed to Iraq with the Vermont Guard in 2004 and was proud of the Guard’s mission to help the Iraqi people. Steve loved history and while in Iraq took every opportunity to visit historic sites and learn about the culture and the people. He created a two volume photo journal of his time in Iraq that captured both the military and humane side of his time in the country. He also deployed with the Vermont Guard to New Orleans in support of the disaster relief effort after hurricane Katrina.
Steve loved his family, cherished his time with his daughter Krista and grandson Joseph, enjoyed family gatherings, and was always there when a friend or family member needed help. He had many friends and enjoyed his time with them. He loved to travel and particularly enjoyed going to Florida every year to visit family and take advantage of warm weather during the winter months. He enjoyed reading about history, watching sports and history programs, and looked forward to annual trips to NASCAR races with his brothers, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Steve was a lifelong member of the National Grange, and a member of the VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his daughter Krista Goulette, her fiancé Alex Fontaine, his beloved grandson Joseph, his sisters Margaret Richardson of Orange, Vivian Butler of Berlin, and brothers William Goulette of Orange, and Thomas Goulette and his wife Janet of Belmont New Hampshire. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and their extended families, all of whom he loved dearly.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Barbara Beede, brothers in law Clifford Beede, Francis Butler, and Kermit Richardson, and nephews Stanley Beede, James and Scott Goulette.
Calling hours for Steve will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. A graveside service with military honors will take place on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Vermont Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
WEBSTERVILLE – Evelyn J. (Shatney) Gregoire
, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston with her daughter, Charlene, by her side.
She was born on July 20, 1930 in Groton Vermont, the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Hart) Shatney. Evelyn graduated from Spaulding High School in 1948. On January 19, 1953 she married Richard Gregoire of Barre and they made their home in Websterville.
Evelyn raised her family and then operated a home daycare for many years. She enjoyed picking raspberries, baking, knitting, reading and time spent with family.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Websterville; three sons Steve Gregoire and wife, Mary, of Roanoke, VA, Scott Gregoire and wife, Donna, of North Randolph, VT, Jeff Gregoire of South Barre, VT, and her daughter Charlene of Plainfield, VT, her sister, Linda Morse, of Williamstown VT, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Howard, and her granddaughter, Larisa.
A graveside service will be held in the Spring at Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington,Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or The Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
, 81, of Hutchins Circle, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Kindred Birchwood Terrace Health Care in Burlington.
Born June 23, 1934 in Barre, she was the daughter of Howell A. and Rhoda B. Seaver. Nancy was raised in Williamstown where she attended local schools and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1952.
After graduation, she worked as a Teller and eventually as Assistant Vice President at Granite Savings Bank where she was employed for 30 years. After retirement she enjoyed working for a catering company as a waitress at the Barre Elks Lodge and Suzanna’s Restaurant in Berlin.
On September 16, 1956, Nancy married Merlin H. Griffin. They made their home in Barre before moving to East Barre where they lived until 1997. In 1997, they built their home and settled in South Barre. Merlin died on April 9, 2009.
Nancy was a member of the East Barre Congregational Church, serving as Church Clerk, Financial Secretary, and served on the Diaconate Board and other committees.
She enjoyed traveling, camping, landscaping and yard work, baking, watching Red Sox games, trips to the beach, and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons Bradley Griffin, and his partner, Sandy Dukette, of Williamstown and Brian Griffin, and his wife, Diane, of South Barre; her grandchildren Tina Lunt, A.J. Griffin, Shana Griffin, and Ashley Griffin; and great-grandchildren Leia White, Jaxon Griffin, Gracie Lunt, Taya Lunt, Damire Lipsey-Griffin, and Warren Griffin, sister Rebecca Gomez of Maryland, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, her son Brent, and her sisters Eleanor Storrs and Priscilla Stephenson.
The service to honor Nancy’s life will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the East Barre Congregational Church. Later interment will take place in the Williamstown Village Cemetery in the Spring of 2016.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Barre Congregational Church, PO Box 246, East Barre, VT 05649.
BERLIN - Wednesday evening August 5, 2015, in the presence of her family, Annette C. Groleau
, 81, of Barre went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing in Berlin.
Born in Graniteville, Vermont on August 16, 1933 to Hector and Emerentinne (Trudeau) Cotnoir of Coaticook, Quebec, Annette grew up on farms in Graniteville and Orange. She graduated from Spaulding High School in 1952 after taking one year off during her junior year to care for her ailing mother at home. On September 29, 1956, she and Marcel G. Groleau of Williamstown were united in marriage at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. After a Hampton Beach, NH honeymoon, the couple settled and raised a family in Barre.
Annette worked at J.J. Newberry’s candy counter while in high school. After graduating she worked as a bookkeeper at the Granite City Co-Op Creamery and at Jones Brothers. She became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her third child. She continued to do the bookkeeping for Marcel’s business, Groleau Construction Inc. After her children were grown up, Annette returned to work – first at Ames Department Store, then Brooks Pharmacy, and Rite Aid where she blessed many people who encountered her sweet spirit and genuine personal interest in their lives. She was an active member of St. Monica Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Marcel, and three of their four children: daughter Colette and her husband, Guy Page, of Barre; son Mark and his wife, Christine, and their daughter, Bailey, of Orange; and daughter Lisa and her husband, Philip Robtoy, and Phil’s son, Lucien, all of Enosburg. Her firstborn, Rose Marie Parauka, predeceased her in 2007. Also surviving is son-in-law, Richard Parauka, of New Haven, CT, their son, Sean, and his wife, Candice of Milford, CT, and daughter, Heather Parauka, of Round Rock, TX. Annette, one of seven children, is survived by her brother, Leonard Cotnoir, of Barre and her sister, Diane Nisen, of Montpelier and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and by brothers Marcel (‘Jerry’), Roger, and Richard (‘Dick’) Cotnoir, and sister Yvonne C. Wildbur.
Annette Groleau will be remembered as a gentle, faithful, cheerful and devoted sister, wife, and mother. Her children learned by word and example to work hard at home and on the job, to be patient, and to forgive. Very interested in the lives of others, she was a compassionate listener with an open heart and an open ear, eager to share in people’s joys and concerns. Son Mark recalled the day after she died, “Mom taught me how to forgive. She forgave everyone and everything, it seems.” She routinely put the needs and desires of others before her own.
She enjoyed dancing, bingo, and cards. In her final months Annette, challenged with COPD and dementia, passed the days at Woodridge engrossed in word-search puzzles. On her final afternoon, Marcel whispered in her ear, “It’s okay to let go. If God is calling you, you can go. I won’t be far behind you.” She looked in his eyes, and smiled with acknowledgement.
Annette's life celebration and mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
Interment will follow in St. Sylvester Cemetery in Barre Town.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence Adult Day Health Service, 81 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641.
, 65, of Prospect Street, passed into the loving arms of Jesus at her home on Wednesday night, January 7, 2015. Her family was with her at her bedside.
Born on March 5, 1949 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Paul and Grace (Holt) Ford and attended local schools, graduating from Twinfield High School in 1967.
She had been a faithful employee of the Barre City School System for over 23 years, working at the Mathewson School, Barre City Elementary School and Spaulding High School.
In 1971 she married Clarence Hayward in the Barre Universalist Church, with the couple making their home in the Barre area all their married life, most recently on Prospect Street.
Doing arts and crafts, collecting stuffed pigs and a love for animals were special to her along with cherished time spent with her family and especially her grandchildren, Will and Alissa.
Besides her husband Clarence, she is survived by two sons; Ron and Randy Hayward, along with a daughter Roxanna Hayward all of Barre. Also surviving is a brother, Harry Ford, and a sister, Barbara Ford, six grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.
A sister, Emma and two brothers; Thomas and William predeceased her.
Her funeral service will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street Barre, followed by entombment in the Hooker and Whitcomb Vault, with a spring interment in the Nesmith Cemetery in Marshfield.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or the American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, VT 05403.
, 84, of Hebert Road, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the University of Vermont Health Network at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on January 8, 1931 in Williamstown, he was the son of Midas and Agnes (LaValle) Hebert. He attended Williamstown Elementary School and continued his education while in the service.
On June 29, 1963, Raymond married Huguette Pauline Desrochers in St. Flavien, Quebec. Following their marriage, they made their home in Williamstown.
Raymond’s entire working career was spent in the granite industry as a sandblaster. He worked for the Sanguinetti Granite Company in Williamstown, David Lamberti, the North Barre Granite Company, the Rock of Ages Manufacturing in Graniteville, for Bernie Hebert at the Everlasting Granite Company in Montpelier, and retired from the Desilets Granite Company in Montpelier on March 22, 1994.
Raymond was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Williamstown and a former member of the Canadian Club, the American Legion Post 10, the Moose Club, and the Knights of Columbus, all of Barre.
His interests through the years included hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, traveling and in earlier years, TV repair.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Huguette Hebert of Williamstown; his daughter, Carolyne Hebert of Orange; his two brothers, Clifford Hebert and his wife, A’ Della of Williamstown and Ernest Hebert of Florida; his sister, Ruby Coutermash and her husband, Donald of White River Junction; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Mark Hebert who died on October 4, 1998; and his brothers, Homer Hebert and Wilfred Hebert; and his sisters, Goldie Hebert, Dorothy Spencer, Mae Sharron-Hebert, and Blanche Coutermash.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Edwards Catholic Church in Williamstown. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Entombment will take place in the Hooker and Whitcomb Vault to await later interment in the Williamstown Village Cemetery.
, 87, of Prospect St., passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born on March 14, 1928 in Barre, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth Pecor.
Pauline worked as a machine operator for Sprague Electric. She married Melvin Elroy Hedges and together they made their home in Barre. Melvin passed away in March of 2014.
Pauline is survived by her daughter, Linda Hedges of Graniteville; her grandsons, Trent and Todd Hedges of Barre; and her niece and nephew, Crystal and Lance Boardman of Barre. She is predeceased by her brothers and sisters.
There are no services.
passed away at home in Westview Meadows on October 2, 2015.
Born March 5, 1921 in Johnson, VT, she was the daughter of Josie (Sargent) and I. Glenn Jones. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1939 and attended nursing school in St. Johnsbury, VT and Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, N.J., graduating in 1942.
Lucille was first married to J. Robert Young, who was killed a year and a half later while serving in the Naval Air Force.
From 1943 to 1950, Lucille worked at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. In 1950, she married Winston Moore and they made their home on Delmont Ave, Barre, for thirty years. They divorced in 1980. She then married C. Andrew Herschel in Montpelier, where they lived for twenty-three years until his death on August 9, 2003.
She was a long time member of the Barre Congregational Church. Her professional organizations had been Vermont Nurses Assoc. and American Nurses Assoc. She was also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Moore and her husband Andrew Schlaich of Baltimore, MD, and a son, W. Glenn Moore and his long time companion Karen Johnson of Barre, VT, and two step-children, James Herschel of Cinnaminson, New Jersey and Elisabeth Gambler of Montpelier, VT.
At Lucille’s request, there are no services planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 81, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at her daughter Patty’s in Williamstown.
Rena was born March 2, 1934 in North Wolcott, the daughter of Fred and Inez (Hastings) Moodie. She attended local schools.
In 1955, Rena married Erwin Luther of Craftsbury. They had 5 children and 25 years of marriage. Erwin passed away in 1980.
She remarried in 1984 to Robert Hood of Williamstown. They had 10 happy years together. He passed away in 1994.
Rena was a Licensed Nurses’ Aide at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin for many years; she retired in the 80’s.
Rena loved listening to country music and she loved dancing and going out on Saturday nights. She also loved watching soap operas and cooking for and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her sons, Albert Luther and wife, Shirley, of Williamstown and Paul Luther and companion, Teia Bolio, of Roxbury; her daughters, Sandra Barclay and her husband, Gary, of Barre Town, and Patricia Salter, of Williamstown; and several grandchildren and a few great grandchildren, as well as her brother, Floyd “Mickey” Moodie, of Lake City, FL.
She was predeceased by her parents; her son, Michael; her sisters, Dorothy Corliss and Priscilla Rock; her brother, Fred Moodie; and her grandson, Steven Luther.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
, 61, of Powder Horn Glen Road, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at his home.
Born October 16, 1953 in Montpelier, he was the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Coppins) Hudson. He attended East Montpelier Elementary Schools and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1971 and later graduated from the Building Trades Program at Spaulding High School in Barre.
Tim joined his uncle, Howard “Bud” Schaefer, in his construction firm, and for the past 30 years, had operated his own business, “Tim Hudson Building and Remodeling Company”.
On April 14, 1976 he married Sherri –Gina Aja at the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Since their marriage, they first lived in East Montpelier Village and since January of 1982 have made their home at their present address.
Cooking, hunting, playing the drums, the family cottage at Peacham Pond, spending time with his grandchildren and being sure everyone was taken care of first were special to Tim.
Tim was a loyal and faithful member of the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre and had served on the Board of Trustees and several church committees and was a life member of the Mutuo Inc., also in Barre.
Besides his wife Sherri-Gina, he is survived by 4 children; Ramon Hudson and his wife, Ashley, of Northfield; Erin-Elizabeth Hull and her husband, William, of Marshfield; Casandra-Lyn Liebenow and her husband, David, of Barre City and Kerry Hudson of Montpelier and 4 grandchildren, Alayna and Brayden Hull; Graysen Ramon Hudson and Chase Liebenow.
Also surviving is his brother Gary Hudson and his wife, Pamela, and sisters JoAnn Guilmette and Pamela Pollock and her husband, William, all of East Montpelier and nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Judith Benedini.
Tim’s life will be honored and celebrated on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre.
Interment will be made in the Doty Cemetery in East Montpelier.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Program, Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre, 40 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 68, of South Camp Road, beloved husband of Janet (Martin) Hunt passed away April 4, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Barre City Hospital on April 16, 1946, the son of Orrin and Louise (Balentine) Hunt. Mark went to Plainfield Schools and then started working at Flint’s Lumber Mill. He also worked for Miles Supply, Inc., in Barre and later he worked operating heavy equipment for Miller Building and Larry Hebert.
Mark married Janet Martin on July 22, 1967 and they made their home in Orange before moving to their camp on East Long Pond in Woodbury. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mark’s memberships included the National Rifle Association and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Hardwick.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jason Hunt of Woodbury, and Travis Hunt, and his wife, Bobbie-Jo of Orange, and daughter, Tina Hull of Orange, and 5 grandchildren, Ashley, Nathan, Kathryn, Samantha, and Lonnie; 2 great grandchildren Bobbi Joe and Zayn; his brother Maurice Hunt of Plainfield, and his sisters, Barbara Smith, and her husband, Jerry, of North Montpelier, and Wendy Decato, and her husband, Ron of Randolph, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Miles Hunt, sisters Anita Hunt, and Sybil Austin, and son Lonnie Hunt.
A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hardwick on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in Hardwick.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05641.
, 63, of Maple Crest Rd. passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Somjit was born on December 17, 1951 in Thailand. She came to the United States in 1975 after she married James A. Hunt, who predeceased her in 2001. She moved to Vermont in 1984 and has made it her home ever since.
Somjit worked for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters doing Quality Assurance.
She is survived by her best friend of 12 years, Kenny Smith of Barre; her 2nd best friend, and fur child, Major her dog; her nephew, Jonathan Hunt of San Leandro, CA; step-son, Christopher Smith of Tewksbury, MA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Judith Hunt of Long Island, NY; and close friends Sunee and Sophia.
A funeral service to celebrate Somjit’s life will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 12:00 noon in Grace Christian Church, 47 Methodist Ln, Williamstown, VT. Memorial donations in Somjit’s name, may be made to the Grace Christian Church, P.O. Box 166, Williamstown, VT 05679.
, 94 passed away March 26, 2015 at the Mayo Healthcare in Northfield, VT.
Shirley was born November 29, 1920 in Springfield, VT to Gladys (Daggett) and Redfield Proctor. After graduating from Springfield High School, she worked for the Springfield Telephone Company before becoming the private secretary for Ernest V. Flanders, President of Jones and Lamson Tool and Die Company.
Shirley married Richard Hurd on November 18, 1944. When Richard left active duty from the Air Force, they bought a home in Plainfield. Richard was called back into service during the Korean War conflict and was stationed in Germany. After six months, he was able to retain housing so Shirley could join him. Very determined to be with her husband, Shirley and her two little boys drove through a blinding rain storm in the middle of New York City, with her car stripped of all outside attachments, including the windshield wipers. Being used to seeing military wives going to the docks, the locals would point out which direction to go and this was her first time at city driving.
Shirley’s doctor told her they would have no more children, but a daughter came along one month after they came back to the states in November of 1952.
Shirley was a stay at home mother, but she volunteered as a Cub/Boy Scouts and 4-H leader and was an active member of her church group, the IHN "In His Name" at the Grace Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. She volunteered as a "Gray Lady" for Barre City Hospital and the Central Vermont Hospital as a TV volunteer. Shirley was an accomplished chef and seamstress, but her biggest devotion was to her five grandchildren, attending their school and sports events, taking them camping and caring for them so lovingly.
In retirement, Shirley and Richard enjoyed traveling around the country with “The Liberandos”, Richard’s veterans association of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to Hawaii.
Shirley and Richard lived at their home in Martin Meadows in Plainfield until 2003, when they built a condo in Wildersburg Common, Barre Town. In 2010, they moved to Mayo Manor in Northfield. Shirley lost the love of her life and soul mate, “Dick”, in March 2013.
Shirley is survived by two sons, Richard Hurd Jr. and wife Betty, and Thomas Hurd and wife Gloria; a daughter, Sheryl Hurd Ferris, and husband Leonard; five grandchildren, Shannon Hurd, Tammy DeFreest and husband Theodore, Anthony Hurd, Sara Ferris Howard and husband Nathan, and Marc Ferris and partner Amanda Brown; six great-grandchildren, Cindy, Jackie, Katie and Nicky DeFreest, Anna and Lily Howard; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Lois Dutton and Mary Jane Bell and two brothers, Emerson Proctor and John Proctor and a daughter-in-law, Gloria Jean Ambrose Hurd.
A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grace United Methodist church in Plainfield. Burial will follow at a later date in the Plain-Mont Cemetery in East Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 277, Plainfield, VT 05667.
Shirley’s family wishes to thank the staff at the Mayo Health care for the care and concern that has been given to her and her family members.
of West Topsham, Vermont, formerly of Altoona, Pennsylvania and Venice, Florida died on October 19, 2015, at his Vermont home.
He was the son of Charles D. Jarrett and Jessie (Haines) Jarrett. He was married to Peggy Spielvogle at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on August 20, 1966. He has two surviving children, Philip Jarrett, Jr. and his wife Karen, of Venice, Florida and Mary Wilson and her husband, Andy, of Williamstown, Vermont. He has three grandchildren, Troy Jarrett of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Jude and Rachael Wilson of Williamstown ,Vermont. He is also survived by brother, C. Dave Jarrett of Duncansville, Pennsylvania and sister, Rita Lastort of Bradenton, Florida. He was predeceased by his son, William (Bill) Jarrett and brother, Carl Jarrett. He was employed by the railroad as a machinist for 30 years.
Interment will be in Vermont at the convenience of the family.
, 66, of Eastern Avenue, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at her home, with her family at her bedside.
Born March 30, 1949 in Hollis, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Alice (Kizer) James and graduated from High School in Fresno, California.
On August 11, 1979 she married Vernal E. Jerry, Jr., in Memphis, Texas. Following their marriage they made their home in Amarillo, Texas and since 1986, they have resided in Barre, being a homemaker all her married life.
Nora enjoyed craft working and watching television and was a long-time member of the South Barre Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Vernal Jr., and daughter, Tamra Jerry, both of Barre City.
Also surviving is her brother, Monty James, in Oregon and nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Norma Roberts, and her brother, Terry James.
Her life will be honored and celebrated on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, VT.
Later inurnment will be made in her home town in Hollis, Oklahoma.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 88, of Pearl St, formerly of Champlain, NY, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at University of Vermont Medical Center.
Born November 3, 1926 in Barre, she was the daughter of Edward Michael and Mary Elizabeth (Jordan) Keefe. Rita attended local schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1944 and the University of Vermont in 1948.
Rita taught for 21 years in the Burlington school system, primarily first grade and kindergarten, and retired from Flynn Elementary School in 1969. She then worked at Kelly Pharmacy in Burlington and Allan Milne Pharmacy in Barre. In 1975, she returned to teaching and taught for another 17 years at St. Mary’s Academy in Champlain, NY. She was an outstanding teacher and many parents put their children on a waiting list for her class as soon as they were born. She was known for the crafts she did with the children and for the songs and skits her students performed for their parents four times a year. On Halloween, Rita would have over a hundred visitors since all of her students wanted to go to Miss Keefe’s house. Rita was also in charge of roller skating at the school and was the head money counter of the annual bazaar which would gross over $45,000.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was known for sending cards to all her great nieces and nephews on the holidays, always including a dollar. She loved children and spent hours playing with her nieces and nephews, often taking them to the movies, the park, out for ice cream or for a ride on the ferry. PIG and Shoo-shah-no were favorite games. Rita also enjoyed crocheting, and made afghans for many family members.
Rita was a talented musician playing the piano, flute, and base drum and she played the pipe organ at St. Mary’s Church at the Saturday evening mass. She often played the piano for sing-alongs with her family. Her sister Pat has fond memories of performing with Rita in a Minstrel Show at the Thayer School.
She traveled to Ogunquit, Maine, every summer with her sister Theresa and traveled to Denver to visit her sister Pat. A highlight in her life was her trip to Ireland with her two Irish sisters.
Survivors include her sister, Patricia Vanecek of Burlington; her brother-in-law, Ernest Bancroft of Barre; her nieces and nephews: Michael Keefe, Kevin Keefe, Kathy Ryan, Thomas O’Keefe, Molly Keefe, Deborah Balserus, Mary Ellen Natusch, Susan Vanecek, and William Vanecek; and many great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her twin brother, Francis Keefe; her sister, Theresa Bancroft; and her nephews Gregory Keefe, Skip Bancroft, and Patrick Keefe.
Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rita will be celebrated on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church at 79 Summer Street in Barre.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Vermont Catholic School, 79 Summer
Street, Barre, VT 05641.
NORTH FERRISBURG - Niyoka Van Steenberge “Sukie” Kelty
, 71, born to the late Clarence D. Kelty and Lena Belle Kelty (Clough) on January 12 1944 in Barre, VT, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday November 25 2015 from her home surrounded by love in North Ferrisburgh, VT.
She is the beloved mother of daughters, Shannon Marie Lonergan, Erin Dawn Lonergan, and Colleen Ann Lassiter (Lonergan), and son-in-law John Lassiter. Beloved sister of Stephen and wife, Betsy Kelty and brother, Earlwin and wife, Dolores Kelty well as late brother Patrick and wife, Shirley Kelty, late sister Theresa Kelty, late sister Anita Pecor (Kelty), and late brother John and wife Virginia Kelty. Beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Niyoka was raised in Websterville and in the Baptist Church. She attended Spaulding High School in Barre.
She married and later divorced Cornelius Lonergan. She supported her family through the years, as a waitress, a machine operator, a nanny, and a receptionist.
Niyoka was a prayer warrior and spent her life loving the Lord. She visited the Holy Land of Israel several times and traveled to the British Isles and many places in the US. She also supported numerous ministries, fiercely loved her family, the United States, and all things honorable and Godly. She was a woman of deep loyalty and profound faith and her guidance and prayers were precious to her families’ lives. “We await our reunion with her in the presence of our Lord and we pray, Come Lord Jesus come.”
Her memorial service will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. She will be laid to rest in the Williamstown Village Cemetery in the spring.
, 94, of the North Barre Manor, passed away peacefully, Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.
Born on September 10, 1920 in Duxbury, she was the daughter of William (O’Malley) and Nora (Farnsworth) Hoffman. She attended school in Duxbury.
On August 6, 1939, Lydia married Clair Nelson. They had one child and later divorced.
On August 19, 1947, she married Gordon T. Kennett. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre. They had seven children. He died in 1975.
For twenty-five years, Lydia had worked for the Palmisano family at the Vermont Tomato Packing Company until the business closed.
Lydia was a past member of the Barre Moose Lodge Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary of Barre during the 1960’s to the 1980’s. In early years, she enjoyed dancing, fishing, and picking dandelions. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Everette Nelson of Montana, Dona Fernandez and her husband, William of Virginia and North Carolina, Tina Graham and her husband, Terry of Montpelier, Dean Kennett and his wife, Bobbi-Lee, and Eugene Kennett, all of Barre; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughters, Dale Elaine Campbell and Diana Jean Clark; a son, Ervin Kennett; two brothers, Ervin Hoffman and Fred Andrews; and a sister, Abbie Sherman.
Her graveside service and celebration of her life will be held in the Hope Cemetery in Barre on Friday, August 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 72, of Beckley Hill Road, died Thursday night, March 19, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, with his loving family by his bedside.
Born in Barre City, June 11, 1942 he was the son of Clarence “Kink” and Mary (Perry) Kiser, and was a graduate of Spaulding High School in 1960.
On September 18, 1961 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and had his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was a highly decorated career Air Force man, having earned the Bronze Star for Valor and Vietnam Cross for Gallantry and its Campaign Medal after serving 3 tours there.
He also was a black beret in the Air Force Tactical Special Forces, being discharged as a Master Sergeant on August 31, 1982.
Following his discharge, he joined the staff of the National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier, in the Records Department, where he worked for a number of years.
On May 3, 1969, he married Jane L. “Sally” Andrus in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Most of their married life had been spent at their current home.
“Perky” enjoyed genealogy, his camp at East Long Pond, his faithful canine companion “Abby” and special times with family and friends.
He was a long-time member and twice Past Master of Wyoming Masonic Lodge #80 of Plainfield.
Besides his wife “Sally” he leaves his daughter Kerry Winger and her husband, Mark of Colchester, grandson Dallas Winger and granddaughter Michelle Hull and her husband, Jamie, and 2 great grandchildren Madolyn and Sophia and many cherished friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sister, the former Claire Kiser.
His life will be honored with the Masonic Memorial Service by his lodge, Wyoming #80 of Plainfield and full military honors by the Vermont Air Guard Funeral Honors Team, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
BARRE TOWN — Evelyn Virginia (Zombeck) Koch
, 96, died peacefully at Berlin Health and Rehab in Berlin on December 23, 2015.
Evelyn was born in Manhattan, NY on January 9, 1919. Her parents were both members of the merchant marine and were frequently at sea, so she was boarded with friends of the family in New Rochelle, NY until she was 6. During this time, she narrowly missed becoming the victim of serial killer Albert Fish; he started to walk her home from school one day but then suggested that they walk down a certain alley that had a bad reputation among the children, so she took off running and was later able to identify him from photos.
Moving back to the upper Bronx with her parents, Evelyn attended elementary school at P. S. 6 and then Evander Childs High School. During her junior year, she and her mother moved to Hackensack, New Jersey. In 1937, she graduated from Hackensack High School, where she met a star pitcher for the baseball team, Elmer Koch. After graduation, she attended Miller Business School in Paterson, NJ, and upon graduation, found employment with the Master Engravers Guild. In June 1940, she began work as secretary to the owner of Lowe Paper Company for the excellent salary (at that time) of $22 a week.
Evelyn and Elmer were married on October 12, 1940 and enjoyed 67 years together until his passing on January 8, 2008. They raised four children in River Edge, NJ and also maintained a vacation home at Green Pond, NJ, where the family spent 15 summers and many weekends. During these years, she was a full-time mother and homemaker and also worked a few hours a week doing secretarial work for the family business, George Koch & Sons Cemetery Memorials. Upon Elmer’s retirement in 1978, they moved to a home they built in East Barre, where she lived until moving to Berlin Health & Rehab two years ago.
Evelyn was a wonderful cook, baker, and seamstress. When the whole family got together for holiday meals, nobody ever brought any food; Evelyn did it all, and all she asked was that everyone would stay out of her kitchen! Her homemade bread was a favorite with many people, and her cookies, cakes, and cream puffs were always a hit. In New Jersey, she led a team every Lent in baking bread for Grace Lutheran Church to sell as a fundraiser. She earned dozens of blue ribbons marked “Excellent” from many years of entries in the Vermont Farm Show, as well as several marked “Best of Show!” Over the years, she made a good many dresses, as well as making many slipcovers for her furniture! After moving to East Barre, Evelyn took up golfing (at age 60) and was responsible for many lost golf balls and an excessive number of divots at the Barre Country Club! She and Elmer enjoyed many nights playing cards with friends, and she was a much better pitch player than a golfer!
In her years in River Edge, Evelyn was engaged in several organizations—the River Edge Republican Club, American Legion Auxiliary, the Grace Guild of Grace Lutheran Church, and the River Edge Recreation Commission--always as secretary. In Barre, she was a member of the Barre Town Republican Committee and the church council of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Evelyn is survived by her four children: Thomas and his wife, Sally, of Barre Town; Lynn Burke, of Montville, NJ; James and his wife, Mary Ann, of Deer River, NY; and William, of Barre. She leaves ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by special friends, Jim and Karen Culver, now of Florida. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Elmer; her mother, Laura, and step-father, Louis Brown; and her son-in-law, Charles Burke.
Evelyn once told one of her children, “There are three things I did right in my life: I married your father; I raised you four children; and I moved to Vermont. And I am thankful.”
Friends may call at Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 27. A funeral service to give thanks to God for the gift of Evelyn and to celebrate a life well lived will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 115 Northfield Street, Montpelier, VT on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed for Project Independence, which provided wonderful care for Evelyn for several years, 81 No. Main St., Barre, VT 05641, or to Green Mountain Council, BSA, P.O. Box 557, Waterbury, VT 05676, in recognition of the benefits that Boy Scouts provided to all three of Evelyn’s boys in their youth.
, 89, a longtime resident of Williamstown, passed peacefully after a long illness on Sunday morning November 22, 2015 at Mayo Rehabilitation and Continuing Care in Northfield, Vt., surrounded by her loving family.
Born June 30, 1926 in Barre, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Susan (Badger) Peake. She attended schools in Williamstown, graduating from Williamstown High School in 1944. She was the last surviving member of that class. In 1945 she entered Nurse’s Training at the former Heaton Hospital School of Nursing under the auspices of the U. S. Nurse Cadet Corps formed during World War II.
On March 8, 1947 she married Raymond Menard at St. Sylvester’s Church in Graniteville. After a short period of living in Philadelphia, PA where Ray was stationed in the U. S. Navy, they made their home in Williamstown Village where they raised their four children. In 1965, Ray and Dot built their dream home on Chelsea Road where many family get-togethers took place throughout the years. Ray predeceased her on July 16, 1991.
Dot worked a few years at the Sprague Electric plant in Barre and for many years at the former Heaton Hospital. She later worked at Central Vermont Hospital as a unit secretary/coordinator retiring in 1991 after 32 years of service. She was one of the first Vermonters to become a nationally certified member of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators. She was an early member of the Happy Moments home-demonstration club and a lifetime member of the Williamstown Federated Church where she served on many committees. As a young mother, Dot and a few close friends formed an informal sewing club that continued for many, many years. She became a member of the Board of Civil Authority and Justice of the Peace in 1992. She was an avid homemaker who loved sewing, traveling and gardening. Her pride and joy were her family and she loved to have as many of them around as possible. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
December 10, 1994 Dorothy married Walter Lacillade, and for another 16 years they continued to tend the gardens and watch the wildlife roam around their home on the hill. They loved to travel, so with their RV and two furry passengers, Buffy and Tommy, traveled across country several times. They visited all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii. In November, 2010 they sold the house and moved to The Gardens Senior Housing where they continued to enjoy their later years until moving to Mayo Healthcare in June, 2015 due to failing health.
She will be sadly missed by Walter, her loving husband of 21 years, her children, Susan Menard and her husband Dave Noyes of Gardner, MA, Diane Thurston of Littleton, N.H., Raymond Jr. “Rick” and his wife, Kyong of Jacksonville, FL, Michael and his wife, Linda of Essex Jct., Vt., a stepson, James Lacillade of Essex Jct., Vt., 8 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Dean Peake of Northfield and a sister-in-law Jean Jangraw of Maine also survive her. She was predeceased by one infant sister, Clara, three brothers, Stanley, John and Guy Peake and one stepson John Lacillade.
Her life will be celebrated in the Williamstown United Federated Church, 2426 Vt 14, Williamstown, VT on December 5, 2015 with calling hours beginning at 11:30 followed by a celebration service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in the East Hill Cemetery in Williamstown at the convenience of the family.
Dorothy’s family would like to thank the many wonderful people at Mayo Rehab and Continuing Care for their compassionate care that always went above and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.
, 62, passed away on March 23, 2015, after a long illness. To all of
his friends from his younger days, you knew him as “Drainer”. Stephen graduated from
Spaulding High School in 1970 and attended Champlain College.
Steve was preceded in death by his father Howard Lamorey. He leaves behind his
mother, Ethelyn, and sister, Martha (Dick), both of Lakeland, Florida, sister, Jo-Anne (Steve) of
Corpus Christi, Texas, and brother, Edward (Laurie) of Springhill, Florida. Also his nephews Ed
Lamorey, Jr., (Gloria) of Barre, Christopher Lamorey (Maria), of Wexford, Pennsylvania, and
William and Clayton Cox both of Corpus Christi, Texas. Steve cherished his family and loved
kids. Prior to Steve's illness, he was a jack of all trades building his homes on Woodbury Lake
in Vermont and in Corpus Christi, Texas. For many years Steve resided in Corpus Christi
eventually returning home to the state his heart belonged to —Vermont. Steve was an avid
NASCAR fan and loved his Thunder Road. He had a great love of hunting, fishing, playing
cards, and listening to his great music collection. His best friend was his dog BEAR, who is
deceased. Donations in his memory may be made to the Barre Fish and Game, Averill and Gun
Club Roads, PO Box 130, Barre, VT 05641. The family wishes to thank all the people that have helped Stephen thru his illness, to the
whole staff of PRIDE, and especially his caregiver Bernie Isabel and the caring staff at Central
Vermont Medical Center as well as all the other medical community members that have helped Stephen over the years.
, 80, of Taylor Farm Road, passed in peace and love into the arms of the Lord in the early morning of the Sabbath on April 11, 2015 surrounded by her family at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
She was born on May 25, 1934 in Brookdale, NY to Ambrose S. and Violet (Shaw) LaRow. In 1937, the family moved to Waterbury Center where Arlene attended the Green Mountain Seminary School. In 1952, Arlene graduated from Waterbury High School. That year, she moved to Plainfield, where her brother Roy was working on a farm. In 1959, she married Harold Burnham. He passed away in 1963. Arlene married Stanley Hook in 1966 and divorced in 1986. At that time, she legally changed her name back to the original French spelling of Lareau.
Arlene owned and operated a boarding kennel for 27 years, Ferncrest Kennels. Severe osteo-arthritis forced her to close the kennel. She was also a Dog Obedience Instructor and taught dog obedience classes at Montpelier Recreation Center for 35 years, at St. Johnsbury Recreation Center for 25 years, at the Barre Auditorium Basement for several years. Arlene was also a Dog Behavior Counselor for many, many years. She was a member of the Green Mountain Dog Club in Stowe in 1951 and served as the Montpelier City Dog Catcher for a number of years.
Arlene loved children very much. She became a licensed Home Day Care and a licensed Foster Home for a few years. Arlene also hosted many children through the Fresh Air Fund over the years, and “heart adopted” one of them, Robert. Her home was always filled with children, as well as her numerous dogs and cats.
Arlene loved to bake. She baked, decorated, sold and gave away many beautiful cakes to her church families and friends. Arlene’s many interests included family genealogy, sewing, her flower garden, and oil painting. In earlier years she loved traveling. In her later years she was a Senior Companion working out of the Council on Aging. She charmed strangers into becoming life-long friends with her keen sense of humor, insightful and honest reading of people, and prayerful devotion to community and family. She loved the land she called home for over 60 years in Marshfield, Vermont.
Arlene is survived by her sons, Stanley (Danelle Parrish) Hook Jr., of Marshfield, Scott (Jessica) Hook of Burlington, her heart-adopted son, Robert (Gloria) Woodard of Brooklyn, NY; her 10 grandchildren; and 3 siblings, Edward LaRow, Cindy Golec, and Irene Grout.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold Burnham, and her brothers Roy LaRow and Floyd LaRow.
Arlene was a long-time member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in both Barre and then St. Johnsbury Churches. She sleeps and awaits the call of the life-giver, Jesus Christ, when He fulfills his promise to return and take us Home with Him. Oh Glorius Day! No more pain, no more sorrow and no more death! And Life eternal!!!
Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre.
A memorial service for Arlene will be held on Friday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Barre-Montpelier Seventh-day Adventist Church, 297 Vine Street-Berlin, Barre. All those whose lives were touched by Arlene are welcome to attend.
Interment will follow the service at Plain-Mont Cemetery in East Montpelier.
Memorial donations for the ongoing care of her three beloved dogs may be made to Scott Hook, 41 Grey Meadow Drive, Burlington, VT 05408.
, (SFC VARNG Ret.) 80, of Prospect Street, Barre, passed away Saturday evening, December 12, 2015, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin with all his family at his bedside.
He was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of the late Freeman and Esther (Clifford) Loati. He went to live at an early age with an Aunt and Uncle, Weston and Lena Hill of Berlin. He was born November 14, 1935 and had just celebrated his 80th birthday. On May 17, 1958, he married Delina Baratelli of Barre.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at his Aunt and Uncle’s camp on Ricker Pond in Groton. Many summers were spent there camping in tents and lean-to’s with his family.
He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard joining in 1954 and retired from there in 1995 after 41 years. He first worked for the State of Vermont and then began working as a civilian employee of the Army National Guard in 1959 and retired in 1996. He then delivered bread for his son in Northfield with his buddie “Sam”, his chocolate lab.
He was a life member of the National Grange, Montpelier American Legion Post #3, and The Mutuo, Inc. of Barre.
He leaves his wife, Delina, 0f 57 years. Five children, Mark and his wife, Tammy, of Barre Town, Glenn and his wife, Lori, of Northfield Falls, Sue King and husband, Bruce, of Milton, R. Peter and wife, Genevieve, of Lexington, MA and Beth Massie and husband, Scott, of Rutland. Ten grandchildren, Justin and wife, Bonka, Shaun, Kendra, Heather, Hannah, Jordon, Maryssa, Alayna, Renee, and Owen. Also, a sister, Regina Maynard and husband, Phil, of Montpelier.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Richard, and a baby brother, Michael.
The Service to honor and celebrate Ron’s life will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre.
Interment with full military honors to be accorded will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center next Spring.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Vermont Home Health, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or Woodridge Nursing Home Resident Activities Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641. The family would like to give special thanks to the care given him by Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and to Woodridge Nursing Home and to Central Vermont Medical Center North.
, 74, of State Drive, passed away suddenly on December 14, 2015, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Her family had been at her bedside.
Born on November 14, 1941 in Middlesex, she was the daughter of George and Elfrieda (Jones) Close. She attended local schools and graduated from Northfield High School.
For 35 plus years she was the loving wife of Cornelius Lonergan whom she cherished every day with. They made their home in the Barre area for most of their lives together.
Luana held many different positions throughout her life, but was an accomplished Real Estate Agent for a majority of her working career.
She is survived by her husband, Cornelius of 35 years. Four children, Richard White of North Carolina, Jennifer White-Golden and her husband, Sean, of North Carolina, Kelly White-Gardner and her husband, Ronald, of Barre Town and Tracy White of Northfield. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Samantha Golden-Ballance, David White, Danielle Golden, Alexander White, Whitney White, and Chantal Lefevre, and one great granddaughter, Alyssa Ballance, as well as three step daughters, Shannon Lonergan, Erin Lonergan, and Colleen Lonergan. She also leaves behind four beloved sisters.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
It was Luana’s wish that the family have a private memorial service at a time of their convenience. There are no calling hours.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
, also known as “Boomer”, 43, of Brook Road, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at his home.
Born on January 5, 1972 in Berlin, he was the son of Webster and Gladys (Thompson) Lund. He was a lifelong resident of Plainfield and attended Twinfield School.
Sam worked in general contracting, construction, and automotive repair. His interests included gardening and woodworking and in earlier years, he enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his children, Zachary Johnson of Montpelier, Garrett Johnson of St. Johnsbury, Kyle Lund, and Taylor Deuso, both of Topsham; his mother, Gladys Lund of Plainfield; his sisters, Mary McGrath of Northfield, Gladys Pike of Berlin, Betsy Kizer of Groton and Emma Grant of East Montpelier; his brothers, Ray McKinstry of Berlin, Richard McKinstry of Florida, Glen McKinstry of Plainfield, NH, Michael McKinstry of Thetford, Mark McKinstry of Bethel, Johnny McKinstry of Plainfield, NH; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Roberts and a brother, John McKinstry.
His graveside service will be held in the Village Cemetery in Cabot at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
, 93, of Garden St., and Sandy Cay Ave., Venice, FL died Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Essex Junction.
She was born in Coventry, VT on January 19, 1922, daughter of George and Bertha (True) Lawson. She married Ernest R. Lyon on June 10, 1944 in New Haven, CT. Together they lived in Barre, VT and Venice, FL enjoying 64 wonderful years of marriage. He passed away on July 22, 2008.
She attended Elementary School in Coventry and graduated from Newport High School and Lyndon State College with a BS degree. She taught in Hannibal, NY, Groton, VT and Barre, VT, and substituted and tutored for several years more.
She was a member of the Hedding United Methodist Church, Barre, VT, and affiliated with Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, FL. She was active in both choirs and in all other choirs wherever she and her husband lived.
She was president of the Groton United Methodist Women, and the Barre United Methodist Women. Also, she was president of the Green Mountain District United Methodist Women, and president of Church Women United, Barre, VT.
She was a member of the Country Club of Barre and the Lake Venice Country Club. She was a past member of the Barre Women’s Club, the Granite City Garden Club and the AAUW.
She leaves two sons; Peter E. Lyon and wife Janice of Essex Jct., and Lyndol G. Lyon and wife Linda of Bedford, PA; daughter, Jean L. Darling of Bandera, TX; six grandchildren, Jean Blunt and husband Greg, Gregg Lyon and wife Heather, Jeff Lyon and wife Dawn, Christopher Lyon and wife Kristen, all of Essex Jct., Rick Darling and wife Michelle of Bandera, TX and Joel Darling and wife Jennifer of Muskegon, MI; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest R. Lyon and her brother, Jack Lawson.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Hedding United Methodist Church, 40 Washington Street in Barre. Burial will follow at the Hope Cemetery, Barre.
There are no calling hours.
, 83, of the Four Seasons Community Care Home on South Main Street, died on October 27, 2015 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.
Born December 17, 1931 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Allan R. and Verna (Winget) Machell. She had attended school in Graniteville, St. Johnsbury, and received her GED from Spaulding High School in Barre and had been employed as a filing clerk in several manufacturing companies.
Clara enjoyed arts, crafts, reading and had been affiliated with the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Marie Richard, 3 grandchildren, her brother, Allan Ray Machell of South Barre and 2 nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Her committal service will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activity Fund Four Seasons Community Care Home, 135 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663.
WILLIAMSTOWN – Edgar S. “Joe Pete” Magoon, Jr.
, 77, of Rt. 14, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Joe Pete was born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 27, 1937, the son of Edgar S. Magoon, Sr. and Flindy (Norton) Magoon. He attended local schools in Virginia.
On June 3, 1961 he married Irene Parker in Williamstown, VT. Irene passed away in 1997.
Most of his life, Joe Pete drove a truck for Hemway Transportation and was also employed by Tucker Contour Saw, Colombo Granite, and eventually retired from Adams Granite.
Joe Pete enjoyed racing at the speedway in Bradford, fishing, hunting, and his favorite pastime, auctions and running his own flea market.
He is survived by three daughters; Gala Perreault of Barre, Teresa Bolio and her husband David of Williamstown, and Cheryl King and her husband Robert of Bellows Falls; three sons, Robert Salter and his wife Julie of East Barre, Duncan Salter and his wife Patty of Williamstown, and Edgar S. Magoon, III of Williamstown; ten grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. Additionally he is survived by two sisters, Ruth Gagnon of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Linda Lane of Plainfield, and his brother, Eugene Magoon, of Barre.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is recently predeceased by his companion of 15 years, Lucille Perry.
Funeral Services for Joe Pete will be held Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St. Barre. Following entombment in the Hooker and Whitcomb vault, interment will take place at the Berlin Corners Cemetery later this spring.
Friends and family may call at the Funeral Home, on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Rd. Berlin, VT 05641.
, 77, of Farwell Street, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2017, at his home. His loving family was with him at his bedside.
Born on July 14, 1939 in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of Edgar and Flindy (Norton) Magoon Sr. He attended Berlin Elementary School and Montpelier High School in the class of 1957 where he excelled as a member of the football team. Following his education, he enlisted in the United States Army for several years. After his discharge, he went on to enlist in the United States Navy and had proudly and honorably served in Vietnam.
In 1962, he married Gloria Santamore in New Jersey. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Barre area for the remainder of Eugene’s life. They were divorced in 1994. Eugene spent his entire civilian working career in the Granite Industry in Barre as a polisher working for the former Bianchi Granite Company and for the Northeast Granite Company.
He was a proud member of the Canadian Club, VFW Post #790 and the American Legion Post #10, all of Barre.
Throughout his life he had many hobbies and interests, but those that he held most dear included going fishing, boating, taking rides around Berlin pond, making visits to the Berlin family farm and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his children, Patty (Magoon) Adams, Flinda (Magoon) Horton, Vickie Magoon, Steven Magoon, Eugene Magoon, Kelly Fordham, all of Vermont and Christine (Magoon) Foreman of Louisiana and Tanya Magoon of Pennsylvania; nineteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents and his former wife, Eugene was predeceased by three sons, Douglas Magoon, Timothy Magoon and Christopher Magoon; a daughter, Barbara Magoon and his brother, Edgar Magoon Jr.
A graveside service to honor and celebrate his life will take place in the Berlin Corner Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Chapter, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.
, 85 of the Tilden House, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.
Born on January 1, 1930 in Orford, NH, she was the daughter of Henry and Flora (Cassidy) Gilbert. She attended school in Orford.
In 1945, Theresa married Eubern Frost, Sr. They made their home in Buzzards Bay, MA while he was serving in the military and later moved to Barre. He died in 1996. She later married Herbert Majesky and they lived in Barre. He passed away in 2005.
Theresa was a homemaker who took pride in caring for her family. She also worked at the former Sprague Electric in Barre as a capacitor inspector, for SB Electronics, and later became an LNA working at the former Barre City Hospital. She was a member of the American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary of Barre.
Theresa loved her family and her cat “Sparkles”. She enjoyed playing Bingo and crocheting baby clothes and other items.
Survivors include her children, Sonny Frost, Beverly Frost, Barbara Pennell, and Alan Frost; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Gilbert; a sister, Lucille Nystrom; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents and her son, Norman Frost who died in May of 2014, predeceased her.
Her graveside service will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre with the Rev. Kim Kie, Pastor of the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre, officiating. There are no calling hours.
came to live in Barre in July of 2008. Mike grew up in Glens Falls, New York and spent much of his youth at Lake George, a place so special in his heart. For many years, Mike lived in Granville, N.Y. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal and worked for approximately twenty-years for Shaw Industries. However, a man is not defined by dates and places, but rather by his actions.
In Barre, Mike would most commonly be seen driving his pickup truck with his trusty sidekick, Daisy, the beagle, by his side. They were a team, going to their favorite places, such as Tractor Supply, Aubuchon’s and Nelson’s or just driving for the pleasure of looking at Vermont’s beautiful countryside. Mike loved animals, especially dogs and cats. When he retired from Shaw, as his parting gift, he chose cats from the Central Vermont Humane Society where he had found Daisy.
Mike was an avid reader and took particular pleasure in his volunteer work at the Aldrich Library. He belonged to the First Barre Presbyterian Church and discovered there a supportive and wonderful group of friends who welcomed us warmly into their fold.
One of Mike’s keenest interests was guns and most recently, skeet-shooting. He was not a hunter, but enjoyed competitive shooting. He took such pleasure from participating in his weekly skeet team (No Fly Zone) sessions at the Barre Fish and Game Club. He also enjoyed participating in summer SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) events with his friend, Bernie Lewis, last summer winning the Senior Duelist title.
Mike is survived by his wife, Leslie, his sister, Susan DeFelice and his children Jessica Burger, Nicholas and Michael Mastrianni. Mike treasured his children and was so proud of each of them. He loved spending time with them and was so excited whenever they came to visit.
Finally, Mike was simply a good man. He was quiet, strong, kind, well-mannered and always willing to help anyone who needed it. Even in dying, his first action of recognition of a friend or a nurse was a smile. His gentle, loving presence will be forever missed by those of us who knew and loved him.
Mike would want his love and gratitude to be extended to his friends, to the warm hearts and gentle people of our congregation and to our kind and generous neighbors who have supported us with such care through these difficult weeks.
Mike’s funeral will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Barre on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception in the church vestry.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian of Barre, 19 Seminary Street, Barre, VT, 05641 or the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT, 05641. The family will make a donation in Mike’s name to the Central Vermont Humane Society.
, 70, of East Barre Road, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on May 7, 1945 in Windsor, she was the daughter of Max W. and Elva June (Papazoni) Tucker. At age 2, she made her home in Washington, with her parents, brother, and sister.
Marsha graduated from Spaulding High School in 1963. She was then employed by Jose' Monte, Attorney at Law, as a personal secretary and stenographer. After 4 years, she went to work for the Vermont State Highways Department, which is now the Vermont State Agency of Transportation. She took a break in employment for 4 years to stay home with her two children and then went back to work at the Agency of Transportation for another 38 years. She retired in 2009.
Marsha met her childhood sweetheart, Darell Maurais, when they were sophomores in high school. After 4 years of courting, they married and moved to Barre City. Ten years later, they moved to the East Barre Road and resided there for the remainder of their years together. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in 2013.
She was a member of the VFW Post #790 Auxiliary and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #10 Auxiliary. Her interests included cooking, dancing, gardening, and sewing. She loved to shop, go to the beach in Maine, and spend time with her family. The joy of her life was her granddaughter.
Survivors include her daughter, Vicki Maurais Abraham; her granddaughter, Shaylene Abraham and her father, Joseph Abraham; her mother, Elva Chouinard of Ocala, FL; and her sister, Rosann Ward and her husband, Richard of Ocala, FL. She is also survived by step-sisters, Karen Askew and her husband, Donald, Linda Pomer and her husband, Bob, and Lisa Chouinard; step-brothers, Mark Chouinard and his wife, Mary, David Chouinard and his wife, Giselle, and Douglas Chouinard; uncle, Leon Tucker and his wife, Joan; sister-in-law, Bonnie Pemberton and husband, Mike; brothers-in-law, Bob Comstock and Brent Maurais and his wife, Cathy; and several cousins.
Marsha is predeceased by her son, Jeffrey Carl Maurais; her husband, Darell Maurais; her father, Max Tucker; her stepfather, Paul Chouinard; her brother, Carl Tucker; and her paternal-grandparents, Leo and Elsie Papazoni.
A graveside service will be held Monday, October 19th, at 2 p.m. in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Washington followed by a celebration of life at the VFW Post #790 on the East Barre Road. There are no calling hours.
, 86, of Beckley Hill Road, died Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at his home after a brief illness. His family had been at his bedside.
Born May 3, 1929 in St. Hermenegilde, P.Q. Canada, he was the son of Marc A. and Germaine (Langevin) McDuff. He had attended schools in Coaticook, Quebec.
On October 24, 1953 he married Ethel Paquette in Coaticook. Most of their married life had been spent in Barre City and at their current residence since 1970. Ethel died May 6, 2010.
In earlier years, he had worked on his parent’s farm and later was a lumberjack. Following that he was a granite stone cutter in the winter months in several Barre sheds and a self-employed housepainter during the summer.
He also bought and sold real estate and had managed several apartment houses in the Barre and Lake Worth, Florida area.
Bob enjoyed his everyday walks, the great outdoors, camping with his family, taking care of his property and animals, bonfires, snowmobiling and spending time with his friends around the pool. He also enjoyed wintering in Florida and its beaches for over 35 years.
His memberships included St. Monica Parish and the Barre Canadian Club.
Survivors include his daughter Sylvia Lozier, and her husband, “Larry”, of Barre City and 2 sons Real McDuff, and his wife, Lynn, of New Hampshire and Donald McDuff in Florida and 4 grandchildren: Lance and Jessie Lozier and Erin and Ethan McDuff.
Also surviving are several siblings and nieces and nephews in Canada.
Besides his parents and his wife, Ethel, he was predeceased by his son, Mark McDuff, and 2 brothers.
It was Robert’s wish that there be no formal services planned.
His life will be honored and celebrated on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Steak House Restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, lovingly surrounded by family and the caring attention of Woodridge staff.
Born on June 22, 1925, in Barre, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Tolbert W. Boyd and Alice (MacDonald) Boyd.
Myrtle graduated from Spaulding High School in 1943 and from Dean Junior College in 1945. At Dean, she met Helen “Kay” Flynn Garrett and Ruth “Ruthie” Stearns Beard; they remained close friends for the rest of their lives. After graduating from Dean, she was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Boston and then in Montpelier.
On June 18, 1949 she married Harrison Lowell McLeod, and their marriage continued until Harrison passed away, four days before their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Myrtle and Harrison lived their entire married life in Barre, first on Maple Avenue, then on Marcell Avenue, and, finally, in their beloved spot at the top of Delmont Avenue. They taught values of treating everyone with respect while letting us kids be kids. All three homes were central gathering spots for family, neighborhood kids, and holiday celebrations that often included the friends of her children as they became adults.
For the majority of her adult life, Myrtle was a homemaker, devoting her energies to her children, grandchildren, and all aspects of family life, while Harrison spent long hours running the McLeod family business, Lowell McLeod, Inc.
She was also a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church of Barre, serving as an elder, active in its Elwood Club, and baking for and volunteering at the Church’s annual Scottish Tea & Bazaar over many years. Myrtle’s kitchen was full of oatcakes, scones, and pies in the November days leading up to the Scottish Tea.
Myrtle loved annual family trips to the Southern Maine Coast, stays at Linger Longer, the Bohlen family camp on Lake Champlain, and elaborate family picnics at Vermont State Parks, especially Bear Mountain at Allis State Park in Brookfield. She and Harrison also enjoyed travels to Alaska, Hawaii, England, and Spain.
After Harrison sold the family business to Brian and Kevin Bailey – it still operates today under Brian Bailey as McLeod’s Spring and Chassis – and retired, he and Myrtle enjoyed extensive RV camping trips across the U.S. and Canada, often with Ruth Beard and her husband, Elton. They also returned frequently to Maine, hiking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit several times each trip.
Myrtle maintained their home on Delmont Avenue for twelve years after Harrison’s death. She then moved to Residential Care at Westview Meadows at Montpelier, where she spent two happy years and became known as “the walker” because of her steadfast devotion to long hallway walks, despite her failing eyesight.
Survivors include two sons, Steve McLeod of Bolton, and Ernest McLeod and his husband, Kevin Moss, of Middlebury; daughter, Kristy McLeod and her husband, Carl Bohlen, of Hinesburg; four grandchildren, Tom McLeod of Montpelier, Kari Bohlen and her husband, Mike Leonard, of Burlington, Nicholas Bohlen and his fiancée, Sarena Maron-Kolitch, of New York City, and Gina Galfetti of Mexico. She is also survived by “honorary” granddaughter, Shawnte Bragg, of New York City.
Myrtle was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Harrison, and her sister, Barbara Boyd.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the caregivers who became close to Myrtle at both Westview Meadows and Woodridge Nursing Home. Their affection, which extended beyond caregiving duties, will remain in our hearts.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate Myrtle’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Seminary Street, Barre. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Seminary Street, Barre, VT, 05641, or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, VT, 05403.
of Barre, VT passed suddenly on January 12th. Michael grew up in Philadelphia and was the son of John and Helen (Judy).
Michael met his wife Beth in Brigantine NJ and they were married November 18, 1979 in Atlantic City, NJ. They moved to Barre, VT in 1992 to provide a better life for their children.
Michael enjoyed meeting new people, being with family and friends, and spending quality time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Elks where he socialized with friends and volunteered his time for events held at the Barre Elks Lodge.
Michael was passionate about coaching and mentoring young basketball players in the community. He coached at Saint Monica’s and Barre City School. He was a referee for basketball associations such as AAU, BYSA, and Central Vermont Men’s League. He also had the privilege of helping the Frost Heaves Basketball Association first-hand during team practices and home games at the Barre Auditorium.
The family will be having a small private service and in lieu of cards or flowers please consider making a donation to the Barre Elks Scholarship fund in Michael’s name. Funds will be awarded to student athletes pursuing basketball in their college career.
Michael is survived by his wife Beth McTear, daughters Meghan, Lauren and Angela, grandchildren Tim, Amanda, Michael, Andee and Payton. Mother Judy, brothers Mark and John and sister Shawn.
Michael is now in heaven with his father John and brother Jim. He will be sadly missed by so many in the community.
MONTPELIER – Christine G. “Chris” Melkonian
, 94, of Grout Road, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, with her family at her bedside.
Born December 30, 1920 in Montpelier on a dairy farm, she was the daughter of George G. and Marion (Culver) Grout. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1938 and the Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1941, after which she was a Staff Nurse in the Emergency Room there.
On November 11, 1945 she married Arsen Melkonian, MD, in New York City. In 1953, she and her husband and family moved to Barre where he opened his medical practice as a physician and surgeon at the former Barre City Hospital and later the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. He died December 27, 1983.
She enjoyed playing golf, downhill and cross country skiing, gardening, cooking, traveling and the great outdoors.
Her memberships included the Barre Universalist Church where she was very active, the former Ruth Chapter #33 OES of Barre, and the Barre Country Club.
Survivors include her two daughters Donna Melkonian and her husband, Ted Raichel of Chicago, IL, and Kathi Melkonian Brown of Essex Jct.; her two sons Gregory Melkonian, MD, and his wife Jennifer of Hopkinton, NH, and Jeffrey Melkonian and his wife Susan Riha of Ithaca, NY; and her grandchildren Matthew, Morgan, Daniel, Hilary, Andrew, Alexander, Benjamin and Nathan.
Also surviving is her sister Pauli Brousseau of Montpelier, two sisters-in-law Joan Grout of East Calais, and Joyce Grout of Venice, Florida, and nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son Michael Melkonian; four brothers, Bud, Bradley, George and Charles Grout; her sister Lucille Mears; son-in-law Phillip Brown; and brothers-in law Frederick Brousseau and Herbert Mears.
Her committal service will be held at the convenience of her family at the North Branch Cemetery in Middlesex.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
, 81, of Allen Street, passed away Monday, November 9, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, with his family at his bedside.
Born October 14, 1934 in Graniteville, he was the son of Homer Henry and Blanche A. (Harvey) Miller. He attended Graniteville Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1953.
On October 26, 1963, Larry married Roberta Ann Sicely. They made their home in the Barre area. His family was always very important to him.
Larry began his career as an auto mechanic at Weldon’s Texaco in South Barre. He later worked for Williams Motor Transfer in Barre, Duranleau Construction in Washington, Larry Hebert Construction in Williamstown, and delivered to area garages for Bond Auto Parts in South Barre until his retirement in October of 2014.
Larry was a member of the Canadian Club of Barre Town. In earlier years, he enjoyed hunting, being a racing mechanic in the pits at Thunder Road, tinkering, and watching NASCAR racing. Television shows that he enjoyed included Beverly Hillbillies, Big Valley, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Road Runner.
Besides his wife of 52 years, Roberta of Barre, he is survived by his son, Jim Miller and his wife, Cindy of Washington and their children, Jim Jr. and Tammy; his daughters, Wendy Tosi and her husband, Todd of Barre and their children, Jeffrey, Justin, and Karissa, Tina Bevington and her husband, Curtis of Topsham and their children, Zach, Melissa, Kristen, Jeff, Brandy, and Lindsay, and Allison Keating and her husband, Randy of West Topsham and their children, Travis and Ryan; 23 great- grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Miller of Barre; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents predeceased him.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Life Cancer Treatment Center, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, VT 05602.
, 83, of Websterville, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin while surrounded by her family.
Phyllis was born in Woodsville, NH on October 28, 1932, the only daughter of the late Raymond and Bessie (Frost) Page. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Groton, VT and attended village schools, graduating with the class of 1950.
Shortly after graduation, she moved to Barre and was employed at the Sprague Electric Capacitor Plant.
Phyllis married Osmond H. Miller in September of 1953. They resided in Websterville where they raised their family. In early years, she was a stay-at-home mother, caring for her children and her mother-in-law. She and Osmond shared 44 years of marriage until his death in 1997.
Phyllis had a deep desire to care for others and after raising a family of six children, she decided to start a career in nursing. She attended and graduated from the Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro. Following her graduation from nursing school, she enjoyed a fulfilling 22-year career at the McFarland House Nursing Home in Barre and then as a pediatric nurse at the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. After retiring from the Central Vermont Hospital, she continued to provide home health care in the community and formally ended her career at the age of 78.
Phyllis enjoyed working with her hands and cared for a large garden of vegetables, fruits, and flowers including her famous gladiolas and large raspberry and blueberry patch. She canned vegetables and fruit and created wonderful baked goods throughout the year, which she generously shared with family and friends. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, and crafting beautiful stained glass lamps for her family. She enjoyed annual vacations with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on Cape Cod and weekly family gatherings at her home.
Phyllis is survived by her children, Debra and Bruce Welch of Brookfield, James O. Miller of Calais, Dawn and Douglas Farnham, Merle and Ann Miller, Diane and Guy Norwood, and daughter-in-law, Sherry Miller, all of Barre Town; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her brother, Deane and his wife, Laura Page; sister-in-law, Georgiana Page of Groton; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Osmond; her son, Michael; her brothers, Richard and Garth Page; and sister-in-law, Janie Page.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, in Barre. Family and friends may call Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Interment will be held at a later date at the family’s discretion.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Phyllis’ memory to the charity of one’s choice or to the Discretionary Fund, Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.
of East Montpelier passed away on the morning of Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the age of 92 with family by her side. One of twelve children, she was born on October 21, 1922 in Drakestown, New Jersey to Nicholas and Lida Bischoff.
Anna married James Molloy on April 10, 1943. They lived in New Windsor, NY, East Montpelier, VT and Palmetto, FL during their life together. She returned to make her home in East Montpelier after retiring from the Florida State Highway Patrol in 1986.
Anna was a long time member of the Old Brick Church in East Montpelier. Over the years she was active in the choir and Women’s Fellowship, worked on numerous church suppers and the annual fall fair. Many remember her unique aprons, pillows, and other handmade items. In addition, sewing, camping, dancing, playing dominoes, bingo and cards were also favorite pastimes. Anna and her second husband, Cliff Menard, were still traveling throughout New England with their pop-up camper well into their late eighties! She was also a member of Eastern Star. But by far, Anna’s greatest passion was spending time with her family.
Anna is survived by her brother Charles Bichoff; her children: Jeanne Laughton, Colleen Molloy-Green, Karen Jones, and David Molloy and his wife Tela; grandchildren: Leslie Boyd, Laura Haines, Kyle, Tyler, and Kris Green, Lindsay Carpenter, Nick Jones, Casey and Nicole Molloy; great grandchildren: Lila and Jamie Boyd, Laci, Kaleb, Jacoby, Ellianna and Kaiden Green. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Anna was predeceased by her husbands, James Molloy and Clifton Menard, her parents, ten siblings, grandson Theodor D. Jones, and son-in-law Sherm Laughton.
A celebration of Anna’s life will be held at the Old Brick Church in late October. A future notice will be printed with the exact date and time.
Because of Anna’s love for her church, memorial contributions may be made to: The Old Brick Church, PO Box 38 East Montpelier, VT 05651.
, 64, of North Barre Manor, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his home.
Born on June 10, 1950 in Barre, he was the son of Andrew H. and Ruth (Cameron) Monti, Sr. He attended elementary school in Barre, graduated from Spaulding High School in 1969, and received an Automotive Associate Degree from New Hampshire Technical College in Dover, NH.
In October of 1976, Bruce married Monique Routhier in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Following their marriage, they lived in Montpelier. Later, he moved to Prospect Street in Barre.
For many years, Bruce worked as a service manager for the former Rossi Buick Oldsmobile in Berlin and went on to work in that capacity for the former Guilmette’s Nissan Volvo Jeep in Barre and currently worked in the parts department at Midstate Dodge in Berlin.
In earlier years, Bruce enjoyed camping, coin collecting, rebuilding cars, and working with his hands. More recently, his interests included baking, cooking, and grilling.
Survivors include his children, Tonya Ann Monti and her partner, Alison Richman of Aspen, CO and Nicholas Andrew Monti and his wife, Amanda of Barre and their two daughters, Mia and Gianna; three brothers, Andrew H. Monti, Jr. of Williamstown, Harry S. Monti of Lake Wales, FL, and Robert J. Monti of Tallahassee, FL; his sister, Cheryl M. Bordas of Middlesex; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and a brother, Kenneth Monti predeceased him.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 355 Lexington Avenue, Floor 15, New York, NY 10017.
, 30, of South Ryegate passed away February 7, 2015 in her home surrounded by loved ones.
She was born on March 29, 1984 in Lebanon, New Hampshire and graduated from Williamstown High School in 2006.
She enjoyed swimming, horseback riding, bowling, music and dancing, yatzee and anything fast and loud like motorcycles, ATV’s, mudbogs, racing and was always first in line. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She approached life with determination, strength, dignity, and a huge smile on her face.
She leaves behind a grandfather, her parents, sisters, several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her grandmother. A celebration of life ceremony will be disclosed at a later date.
Later burial will be made at Chelsea West Hill Cemetery.
, 95, of Lower Graniteville, passed away on Jan. 3, 2015, in Northfield, Vermont, at Mayo Assisted Living, where they had moved to in October 2014.
She was born on Aug. 23, 1919, in Lisbon, New Hampshire, daughter of RoseAnna (Cotá) and Ovila Bernatchy.
They moved to Websterville, Vermont, in 1927. Anita attended school in Woodbury, Vermont, where they had moved in 1932. She loved to tell us how her parents moved and farmed to keep them fed during the Depression years. She moved back to Websterville in 1934 and completed her education with the Spaulding High School class of 1938.
On Sept. 10, 1938, Anita married Kenneth G. Seaver; they made their home in Washington, Vermont. Kenneth died on May 16, 1961.
On July 8, 1967, Anita married Raymond Munson from East Barre. They lived in East Barre until the early 1990s when they moved to their home on Groton Pond in Groton, Vermont. In 2004 they moved to Lower Graniteville, Vermont.
She worked at the state of Vermont business office in Waterbury, retiring in 1986. Anita enjoyed sewing, reading and making a home. She could cook anything and make it taste wonderful.
Anita has a blended family, five daughters, Elaine Curtis and partner Carole, Concord, New Hampshire; Nancy Ferno and husband Larry, Woodbury, Vermont; Diana “Sue” Frink and husband Kevin, Middlesex, Vermont; Carolyn “Snookie” Couture and husband Jacques, East Barre, Vermont; Cynthia Davenport and husband Shannon, Websterville, Vermont. Two sons Carroll “Bud” Munson and wife Corrine, of Barre Town, and Gary Munson and partner Donna, of East Barre.
Grandchildren: Ken, Norma (Chase) and Lance Ferno, Keith and Sara Murphy, Marc and Monique (Underhill) Couture, Clark, Caleb and Cyle Davenport, Amy (Gardner) and Thad Munson, Warren and Kara Morvan, Chris Paulson, Trevor Walters and Corey Poitras. She has 18 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Tom and Bob Bernatchy; and her grandson David Murphy.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mayo Healthcare Activities Fund, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663, or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 68, of Barre, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Englewood, Florida.
Midge was born November 11, 1946 to Patrick and Jeannine (Rouleau) Roy in San Sebastien, Quebec, Canada. Jeannine died when Midge was just 2 years old. Patrick remarried and his new wife Aurelienne raised her as her own. She spent a large part of her childhood in Kingfield, Maine, but her parents settled in Barre and she graduated from Marian High School in 1964. After high school, she completed her LPN at Thompson Nursing School in Brattleboro and went on to complete her RN as an adult, graduating from Vermont College with her B.S. in 1988. Her nursing career spanned over 40 years, beginning in Norwood, MA, working in Plattsburg, NY and finally back to Berlin, VT at CVMC. Over the years, countless people expressed their appreciation for her efficient, friendly presence in the operating room. She made many friendships there, which continued after her retirement in 2012 after many dedicated years of service.
Previously married to Jeffrey Cavanaugh and David Drew, Midge found true companionship and happiness with her husband George Nichols. Together they enjoyed camping, traveling and gathering with their many friends. They loved line dancing and the two would light up the dance floor together at any event. For the past few years, they spent some of the winter in sunny Florida. It was a nice community where they felt home away from home.
Devoted to her daughter Stephanie, the two shared a special bond, which continued with her grandson, Chase, and new granddaughter Kate. Chase will forever have a special place in his heart for his Grammy. She will always be watching over them.
An avid reader, you could always find Midge with a new book. She loved the beach and spending time with her grandchildren. Midge had compassion for all, showering family and friends with love and help. Family was her priority, through her constant caring of others she was a true matriarch. She was the anchor in her sisters’ group, “the girls.” She will be missed greatly by so many.
Midge leaves her husband George Nichols of Barre; daughter Stephanie Drew and her partner Jeremy Gonyon, grandchildren Chase and Kate of Moretown; sisters Sue Trecartin of West Danville, Joanne Cyr and husband Kevin of East Barre; brother Alan Roy and wife Shelly of Websterville; lifelong friend and confidant Marion Kibbee of Norwood, MA; in-laws and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Patrick and Aurelienne Roy and her beloved sister pauline Stebar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Mountain United Way, 1 Conti Circle, Barre VT 05641.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m. A committal service will be held in the spring at the Berlin Corner Cemetery in Berlin.
, 56, of Church Hill Road, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, with his family and friends at his bedside.
Born on November 24, 1958 in St. Johnsbury, he was the son of Frank W. Nutter and Marilyn (Paye) Wheeler and attended schools in Connecticut, Woodsville, NH and Wells River, VT.
Stanley worked in carpentry and maintenance throughout his lifetime until he became disabled. Stanley was a longtime member of the Barre Canadian Club and enjoyed travelling, fishing, playing darts, horseshoes, NASCAR racing, football and most especially spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his two sons, Christopher Nutter and Dustin Pelkey; his two daughters, Holly Nutter and Allison Pelkey; four step-daughters, Christina Brown, Heidi Campbell, Heather Brown and Tracey Dailey; three brothers, Steve Nutter, Kevin Nutter and Frank Nutter; sister, Amy Sweeney; and two grandchildren, Damian Lawton and Alton Hedding. Stanley is also survived by his former wife, Marie (Arnold) Adams who he married in 1978, and her son, Shawn, as well as his best friends John and Delsey Avery and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Stanley was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Donna M. Nutter.
Funeral service will be conducted by Timothy Krauss on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00pm at Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Following the service, the family will host a reception at the Barre Canadian Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, Suite L8, South Burlington, VT 05403.
, 81, of Tremont Street, died unexpectedly Saturday night, April 11, 2015 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin with her family at her bedside.
Born May 6, 1933 in Schenectady, NY she was the daughter of Bernard F. and Florence (Canton) Starr, Sr. She grew up in Barre, attending Barre Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1951. In 1953 she received her Associate’s Degree with honors from Vermont Junior College in Montpelier.
On August 20, 1955 she married Richard F. Parnigoni in St. Monica Catholic Church. Most of their married life had been spent in Barre and at their present home for almost 50 years.
Joan will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend and in later years as Office Manager of her husband’s optometry practice on Washington Street in Barre City.
She is a long-time communicant of St. Monica Catholic Church.
Besides her husband, she leaves her 2 daughters Starr Ann LeCompte and her husband, Kevin, of Montpelier and Erin Lopez-Gomez and her husband, Mario, of Fairfax, Virginia and her son Richard F. Parnigoni, Jr., of Boston as well as 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, her son Robert, her brother Bernard F. Starr, Jr. and cousin, Helen Valsangiacomo.
The Mass of Christian Burial to honor her life will be celebrated on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Silver Tower Fund, PO Box 245, Barre, VT 05641.
, 82, of East Barre, died Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Doris was born in Barre on May 27, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Myrtie (Payne) Batchelder.
In 1950 she married Ralph W. Peake, Jr. who survives her.
She was an active member of the Barre Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more information on the wonderful hope Doris looked forward to of life on earth in a peaceful paradise please see JW.org
Doris worked for the Trade Center, Grants, and Jones Brothers. She also worked for Home Health and performed private caregiving.
Doris will be remembered for her hospitality toward all. She was a born nurturer who cared, not only for her own family, but for many others as well. Her generous cooking will be remembered and, in particular, many carry the memory of not being allowed to leave her home until they ate with the family.
Doris is survived by her children Larry Peake, David Peake, Beverly Page, Edward Peake, Brian Peake, Melissa Beede and Andrew Peake. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren and one sister-in-law Marlene Batchelder.
Doris was predeceased by a brother Ernest Batchelder and one great grandchild.
The family of Doris Peake would like to extend their deep gratitude toward Project Independence, Rowan Court Nursing Home, TLC and Green Mountain Transit Authority.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Barre Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 3:00 p.m. friends and family may call from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Burial at Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town will be conducted at a later date.
, 97, of Brooklyn Street, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Her family had been at her bedside.
Born on July 28, 1918 in Bolton, she was the daughter of Joseph and Eva (Guyette) Pecor. She attended schools in the Bolton and Richmond areas. Following her schooling, she moved to the Burlington area to work as a house cleaner for many years. Later she moved to Barre where she remained for the remainder of her life and career.
Catherine was an avid cat lover and held a special place in her heart for her own cats. She also enjoyed shopping and going to yard sales as some of her special interests.
She is survived by niece, Henrietta Martin and her husband, Richard, of Westminster, MA., as well as several cousins and friends.
A graveside and committal service to celebrate Catherine’s life will be held on Friday October 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mountain View Cemetery on Sandhill Road in Essex, VT.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
, 82, of the Chelsea Road, died Sunday morning, August 30, 2015, at her home after an illness of almost a year. Her family had been at her bedside.
Born September 29, 1932 in Lower Websterville, she was the daughter of Arthur and Thelma (Violette) Gay and had attended the Lower Websterville Elementary School.
On December 28, 1952 she married Donald R. Perkins in North Strafford. Most of their married life had been spent at their home on Chelsea Road. He died February 11, 1982.
She had worked for the former Sprague Electric Company in Barre City, the North Montpelier Woolen Mills, the Malden Mills in Barre Town and retired from the Ethan Allen Furniture Company in Randolph as an inspector in 2004.
Sherri’s Jubilee, dancing and singing, casino gambling, playing pitch, socializing, covered bridging, crafts, and life and the people in it were things she loved.
Her memberships included the Women of the Moose, the Barre Canadian Club, and the Auxiliary to the Barre American Legion Post #10, and MacKenzie-Webster VFW Post #790, and she will be long remembered for collecting beverage can tabs to raise funds for the Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital and dialysis program.
Survivors include her son, Barry Perkins, and daughters Fonda Perkins, both of Williamstown; Linda Cheney of Palm Bay, Florida, Laura Grandfield and husband, Malcolm, of Barre City and Tina Lovely and her husband, Joseph, of Orange; 17 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren.
Lorna was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Donald, her son Daniel Perkins, who was Fonda’s twin, granddaughter Jennifer Perkins, and her long-time companion, Bob St. John.
Her life will be honored and celebrated on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home.
Later inurnment will be made in the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 81, of Panther Drive, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born September 21, 1933 in Williamstown, he was the son of Arthur and Lena (Ross) Perreault. Art attended local schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in the Class of 1951. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served as a Sargent and received several medals including the Korean Service Medal with bronze service star, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
On September 15, 1956, Art married Mary Saliba in the St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Following their marriage, they first made their home in Barre for five years before moving to East Barre.
Art spent his entire working career in the granite industry. He was self-employed sandblaster for Saporiti Granite Company for many years. He worked with his brothers, Armand Perreault and Henry Perreault. In later years, he worked in partnership with Roger Trepanier until his retirement.
He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in East Barre and currently of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. His other memberships included the Barre Lodge of Elks #1535, the Mutuo, Inc. of Barre, and the VFW Mackenzie-Webster Post 790 in East Barre. Art enjoyed golf, bowling, pool, and watching sports, especially his grandchildren playing sports. He also enjoyed being part of the coffee club at McDonald’s, waiting tables at the Mutuo on Friday nights, monthly trips to historical places in Vermont, and vacationing with Mary in Florida for 10 years after his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Perreault of East Barre; his daughters, Susan Calderara and her husband, Mark of Barre, Michele Pierce and her husband, Christopher of Southborough, MA, and Christine Copeland and her husband, Kevin of Plainfield; his five grandchildren, Jillian, Ross, Olivia, Morgan, and Chad; his brother, James Perreault and his wife, Shirley of Scottsdale, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Yvonne Saporiti and Pauline Whitcomb and seven brothers, Joseph, Armand, Albert “Pat”, Henry, Raymond, Lawrence, and Richard Perreault.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Art will be celebrated on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in East Barre. Interment will be in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville in the spring. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 87, of Route 14, died Friday March 6, 2015 at the Berlin Health and Rehab Center.
Born August 18, 1927 in Burlington, she was the daughter of George and Pearl (Johnson) Ovitt and attended elementary school in Craftsbury.
She was first married to Thomas Utton, whom she divorced. She later married Azro Perry, living on Blush Hill in Waterbury. He died in 1969.
Lucille was a longtime employee at the Waterbury State Hospital.
Hunting and fishing, horseback riding and flea marketing and lawn sales were things she enjoyed.
Survivors include her longtime companion Edgar “Joe” Magoon with whom she made her home and nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Delphia Graham Denault and brother, Glen Graham.
There are no services planned by her instruction.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road Barre, VT 05641.
, 89, of the Lincoln House on Hill Street and a former longtime resident of East Montpelier, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015, at her residence.
Born on March 12, 1926 in Lawsonville, NC, she was the daughter of Walter and Vergie (Spencer) Robertson. She attended school in Lawsonville.
On May 29, 1944, Rachel married Clair Allen Phillips, Jr. in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in East Montpelier and Woodbury. Clair died in 1989. Rachel returned to live in Sandy Ridge, NC. While living in Sandy Ridge, she was a member of the Delta United Methodist Church.
For over 15 years, she had worked at the former Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and the Sprague Electric Company, both of Barre. She and her husband worked as caretakers at the Adamant Music School. Rachel was also a salesperson in the East Montpelier, Plainfield, and Barre area for the Fuller Brush Company. She especially enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing.
Survivors include her son, Albert “Steve” Phillips and his wife, Linda of East Montpelier; a daughter-in-law, Doris Phillips of Woodbury; five grandchildren, Scott Phillips and his wife, Kelly, Brent Phillips and his wife, Adrienne, Brian Phillips and his wife, Tracy, Patrick Phillips, and Laurie Stone and her husband, Michael; four great-grandchildren, Brock Phillips, Alicia Laferriere, Claire Phillips, and Benjamin Phillips; one great-great-granddaughter, Quinn Laferriere; two sisters, Doradean and Opal both from North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husbands, Clair Allen Phillips, Jr. who died in 1989 and Wilber Brewer who died in 1996, she was predeceased by her son, Clair Allen Phillips, III; brothers, John William, Sam, and James; and sisters, Irna, Doris, and Magalene.
Her funeral service and the celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Interment will take place in the South Woodbury Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Lincoln House, 120 Hill Street, Barre, VT. 05641.
, 67, of Jamieson Road, died on Saturday, February 28, 2015 after a long illness with his family at his bedside.
Born April 27, 1947 in Barre, he was the son of Raymond and Angie (Harris) Pickett. He had attended several Vermont area schools during his childhood.
Reginald was a proud veteran of the United State Marine Corps having received a National Defense Service Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Most of his life had been spent working in the granite industry, where he had been employed by several local granite sheds.
In early years he had been a member of Barre American Legion Post #10.
Reginald enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing horseshoes, woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include his partner of 23 years, Sandra Norton; his daughter Patricia Edson and her partner Dick Dunn of Williamstown; and his son Reginald Picket and his wife Cindy also of Williamstown; his stepson Michael Goslant of Barre, and stepdaughter Virginia Shirlock and her partner, Jeremy Fleury, of Williamstown; as well as 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers Lawrence Pickett and his wife, Martha, of Chelsea; and Raymond Pickett of Waitsfield.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Jimmie Pickett.
A graveside service with military honors will be held in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town, later this spring.
There are no calling hours.
was born in Barre, Vermont, on November 21, 1928, and passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 11, 2015, at Central Vermont Hospital. She was the daughter of Jose and Almerida (Lastra) Perez, immigrants from Spain who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. For the last year, Tiny was a resident at the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, VT, and most recently at Rowan Court Health and Rehab in Berlin, VT.
Tiny married Robert Pirie on September 8, 1947, in the First Universalist Church in Barre, VT. They lived in the same house on Hill Street in Barre for over 60 years, where they were surrounded by great neighbors. Bob passed away on March 8, 2015.
Tiny leaves their children: Jo Ellen Pirie of Hampton Beach, NH; Robert Pirie, Jr. and his wife, Theresa Ouellette-Pirie, of Castleton, VT; Catherine Pirie Merrill and her husband, Scott, of Cape Coral, FL; and Christine Pirie Martuscello and her husband, Bill, of Westerly, RI. Tiny adored her grandchildren, Sarah Churchill and her husband, Chris Gokey, Christopher and Amanda Grearson, Danielle Pirie, Cristin and Cayla Merrill, and Maria and Amelia Martuscello; and great-granddaughters, McKenna and Addison Gokey. Tiny is survived by her brother Joseph Perez and his wife, Doris, of Graniteville, VT, sisters Regina “Lola” Perez of Barre, VT, and Esperanza “Titi” Ozanne of Virginia. She also is survived by her brother-in-law and his wife, the Rev. James G. and Lucille Pirie of Durham, NH, and her sister-in-law, Ellen Pirie Robbins, of Barre Town, VT, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Louis Perez, and sisters Tomasa Remele and Carmen Lopez, sisters-in-law Ruth Pirie, Albina “Bina” Perez, brothers-in-law Elliott “Junior” Pirie and Robert Robbins.
Tiny’s father, Jose, worked in the Barre granite sheds and was one of the sculptors who created the Youth Triumphant monument located at the Barre City Park. Jose was one of many granite workers who contracted the lung disease silicosis due to poor ventilation in the sheds. Tiny was seven years old when he died, leaving behind his widow and seven young children. Tiny grew up one of the rough-and-tumble North End kids and would share stories of hardship, pranks, and life-long friendships made in her youth. She spoke only Spanish at home and learned English by immersion when she entered North Barre Graded School. She continued to speak Spanish to her mother and siblings as an adult, especially when she didn’t want little ears to know what she was saying.
Tiny graduated from Spaulding High School with the class of 1946 as one of the fastest typists and stenographers in her class. A friend in her high school yearbook fittingly tagged her as a “spitfire.” Upon graduation from high school, Tiny worked as a secretary for Montgomery Ward and later at the former Capacitor Plant in Barre, where she was well-known for her organizational skills and meticulous record-keeping.
Tiny took great pride in her home and family, and enjoyed nothing more than to prepare large holiday meals and be surrounded by her ever-growing family. She loved to bake and her family and neighbors were often the recipients of her wonderful creations. Friends of her children fondly recall her ever-present chocolate chip cookies.
Keenly interested in local politics, Tiny was known for her tenacity once she took on a cause. She was instrumental in banning dogs from the City’s cemeteries and kept the Elmwood Cemetery commissioners up-to-date on the condition of the American flags that indicated fallen soldiers. She was steadfast in her beliefs and vocal about them.
Tiny thoroughly enjoyed singing and had a beautiful soprano voice, which she shared with the Universalist Church Choir, the Barre Choraleers, and at the annual Vermont Philharmonic holiday concerts as a member of the Messiah Chorus. She would often sing along with records of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and various show tunes while doing housework. You would never know she could not read music.
A long-time member of the First Universalist Church, Tiny was previously active in many aspects of Universalist Church life. She was the past Chair of the Music Committee, and past Chair of the House and Grounds Committee, which coincided with the renovation of the minister’s residence. She took great pride in the appearance of the church and vestry during her tenure and beyond. She was past President of the Association of Universalist Women, past Advisor to the Universalist Alliance, and past President of the Barre Area Church Women United. For twenty years, Tiny volunteered at the Central Vermont Medical Center as a “gray lady” for the American Red Cross.
A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Good Samaritan Haven, 105 North Seminary Street, Barre, VT 05641, or The American Legion Barre Post 10 Flag Committee, P.O. Box 198, Barre, VT 05641-00198.
Tiny’s family would like to thank the staff of Brookside Nursing Home for their care and kindness during the last year of her life, as well as the staff of Rowan Court and CVMC for their compassion during the past few weeks.
, was born in Barre City, Vermont, on February 9, 1925, and passed away in Williamstown, Vermont, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the age of 90. He was the son of Elliott and Etta (MacInnes) Pirie. For the past year, Bob made his home at The Gardens in Williamstown, Vermont. Previously he and his wife, Tiny, had lived in the same house on Hill Street in Barre for over 60 years, where they were surrounded by great neighbors.
Bob leaves his wife, Almerida “Tiny” (Perez) Pirie, whom he married on September 8, 1947, in the First Universalist Church in Barre. Tiny is a resident of the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, VT. Bob was a devoted and loving father to their children: Jo Ellen Pirie of Hampton Beach, NH; Robert Pirie, Jr. and his wife, Theresa Ouellette, of Castleton, VT; Catherine Pirie Merrill and her husband, Scott, of Colchester, VT; and Christine Pirie Martuscello and her husband, Bill, of Westerly, RI. Bob will be missed by his adoring grandchildren, Sarah Churchill and her husband, Chris Gokey, Christopher and Amanda Grearson, Danielle Pirie, Cristin and Cayla Merrill, and Maria and Amelia Martuscello; and great-granddaughters McKenna and Addison Gokey. Bob is survived by his brother and sister-in-law the Rev. James G. and Lucille Pirie of Durham, NH, and his sister Ellen Pirie Robbins of Barre Town, VT. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Joe Perez and his wife Doris, sisters-in-law Regina “Lola” Perez and Esperanza “Titi” Ozanne, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Elliott “Junior,” brothers-in-law, Robert Robbins and Louis Perez, and sisters-in-law Ruth Pirie, Tomasa Remele, Carmen Lopez, and Albina “Bina” Perez.
Bob attended elementary school in Graniteville, until his father’s drowning at age 38 in the Hurricane of 1938, when his family moved to Barre. Bob acknowledged this tragedy was a defining moment in his life, when, at the age of 13, he went from a happy-go-lucky kid riding his pony, Silver, in the country, to a more serious and shy student in “the City.” Bob and his older (by 1 ½ years) brother, Junior, now had the responsibilities of being the “men” of the household for their mother, younger brother Jamie, and six-month-old sister, Ellen. Bob was drafted when he turned 18 in February, but was permitted to complete his high school education. Bob graduated from Spaulding High School with the class of 1943, and two weeks later was on his way to basic training. Bob was allowed to choose which branch of the service he preferred; he chose the U.S. Navy following in the footsteps of his father, and served aboard the U.S.S. Ronquil submarine as a torpedoman’s mate second class from July 3, 1943, until December 13, 1945. He participated in five war patrols in the South Pacific, and was the recipient of the WW II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal, and Commendation Ribbon. He was recognized for his service and presented with the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal at a State House ceremony in 2008. At a recent Ronquil reunion, Bob received a standing ovation for his heroics defending the submarine from attack while manning a machinegun top-side, at the age of 18. He was one of the few surviving “plank owners” of the Ronquil, and was a true example of the Greatest Generation.
After honorable discharge from the Navy, Bob worked for the family quarry business as a machinist. The family’s J.K. Pirie quarry in Graniteville was purchased in the 1950s and became known as the Pirie Division of the Rock of Ages Corporation. Bob would often surprise his kids after work with treasures hidden in his lunch pail that could be anything from a prized ball bearing for playing marbles, to a dead dragonfly he found for us to study. Bob worked at the quarry for 38 years, never missing one day of work, and retired in 1988.
Bob had a lifelong interest in genealogy, long before it was popular, and traced his Pirie/MacInnes ancestors to the 1400s without the use of a computer. He had an astounding memory and enjoyed reminiscing about the past so those who went before would not be forgotten. He was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage, and enjoyed listening to Celtic music. A highlight of his life was traveling for two weeks in Scotland at the age of 70 with his daughters Christine and Cathy.
Bob instilled in his children a respect for nature and all things wild during adventures at the family’s camp at Kettle Pond in Groton State Forest. It was at the “Pirie’s Moonlight Camp” that Bob and his deer hunting buddies would spend hours in the woods and even more hours playing cards. Those same woods provided many hours of cross-country skiing pleasure for Bob and his good friend of 70 years, Charlie Moran. Bob and Charlie would make their own trails and enjoy the beauty of the woods until both men were in their 80s. Bob could play the fiddle and harmonica and would entertain his family and friends, but only if asked. He was an avid reader and long-time patron of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre.
As a resident of The Gardens in Williamstown, Bob met many new friends and enjoyed many new activities. Before living in Williamstown, Bob could be seen daily with his Scottish walking stick and kneesocks with tassels traversing the many hills of Barre, often completing a six-mile trek to be home by 7:00 a.m. He continued his daily walks in the Village of Williamstown, but lamented he could now only walk one mile with his walker. He took his daily walks until the snows came in November, 2014. Bob led a long, good life and was an eternal optimist no matter what hardships came his way.
Bob’s family would like to thank the compassionate staff and fellow residents of The Gardens for their care, kindness, and friendship during the last year of his life. We also wish to extend thanks to the staff of the Central Vermont Office on Aging for their much-needed guidance, and to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice for the care and support provided to Bob and his family.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre City at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641, or Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
A celebration of Bob’s life will take place at The Gardens in Williamstown on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to share a memory of Bob are invited to gather with his family at this time.
The Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street in Barre is assisting the Pirie family with the arrangements.
, 85, of Don Camp Drive, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Health Center in Berlin, VT with her family at her side.
Born in Walden, VT on July 21, 1930, she was the daughter of Harold and Mabel (Barnett) Lamphear. She had 11 brothers and sisters. Jenny attended school in Lower Cabot and Cabot, graduating from Cabot High School.
On August 15, 1953, she married Richard Piro in Cabot. After their marriage, they made their home in Barre for 51 years, moving to South Barre in 2004. After retiring, they spent winters in Florida.
Jenny worked for a short time in St Johnsbury and Boston, MA but was a long-time employee of the former Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and Sprague Electric in Barre. After Sprague Electric closed, she worked part-time at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Jenny was a member of the Montpelier VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, sewing, travelling, shopping and spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family with all her heart.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; a daughter, Pamela Desautels and her husband Robert of The Villages, FL; a son, Rick Piro and his wife Cyndi of Colchester; two granddaughters, Cara Beyor and her husband Avery of Georgia, VT and Megan Piro and her fiancé John Penney of New York, NY; three grandsons, Robert Desautels of Macon, GA, Sean Desautels and his wife Nadine of Pittsfield, MA, and Stephen Piro and his partner, Ashley Cota, of Berlin. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Callie and Eva Beyor, Reed and Max Desautels, Tanner Frantz, Patrick Piro and Ryan Parker.
A graveside service and celebration of her life will be held in Hope Cemetery at the convenience of her family. To honor her wishes, there will be no calling hours.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the entire staff at Woodridge for the untiring care and compassion shown to Jenny while she was a patient there.
Contributions, in Jenny’s memory, may be made to the Woodridge Rehabilitation and Health Center’s Activity Fund, 142 Woodridge Road, Berlin, VT 05602.
GRANITEVILLE - Brent William “Skip” Preston, Jr.
, 48, of McHugh Road, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015, at his home with his family at his side.
Born on March 5, 1967 in Lebanon, NH, he was the son of Brent William and Brenda (Stevens) Preston, Sr. He attended Brattleboro Elementary School and Brattleboro High School.
On August 18, 2012, Skip married Jeanne Marie DeForge and they made their home in Graniteville.
He had worked as a cook at Denny’s Restaurant in Rutland and the Wayside Restaurant in Berlin. He was very proud of his Abenaki Native American heritage and was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A Red Sox and Dallas Cowboy fan, he also enjoyed fishing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Jeanne DeForge of Graniteville, he is survived by his daughters, Tabitha Normandy of Woodstock and Rachael Normandy of Graniteville; his son, Joshua Normandy of Woodstock; four grandchildren, Kendra LaPrade, Jaxon LaPrade, Aubree Normandy, and Franklin Normandy; his mother, Brenda Anthony of Brewton, AL; a sister, Krissy Preston and her husband, Keith Bailey of Wilder; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Stevens of Ashuelot, NH; nieces, nephews and cousins.
His father, Brent William Preston, Sr. and a sister, Kimberly Kelly predeceased him. Per his wishes, there are no services planned.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Upstate New York & Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205.
, 71, of Bolster Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at his home.
Born November 21, 1943 in St. Sebastien, Canada, Quebec, he was the son of Henri and Irene (Parent) Proteau. He attended schools in Canada.
In August of 1965, he married Colette Rancourt at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Barre, VT. He and Colette lived in Connecticut for 6 years. They returned to Barre in 1972 to raise their family.
Michel was self-employed as a carpenter. He enjoyed spending time outdoors; fishing, riding his four wheeler, cutting firewood, woodworking in his shed. He also enjoyed watching hockey, making puzzles, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Barre.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Colette; his sons Marc Proteau and his wife, Renee, of Barre, Brian Proteau and his wife, Leslie, of Waterbury, and daughter Natalie Brewster and her husband, Kirk, of Castleton, and seven grandchildren whom he adored. He also leaves four brothers, five sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers and one sister from Quebec.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2015.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 98, of North Barre Manor, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born on July 1, 1917 in Newark, NJ, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mary (Novack) Jackym. A homemaker, Adele was married to Joseph Pshywara who predeceased her. They made their home in Bloomfield, NJ and Chadwick Beach, NJ.
While residing in Barre, Adele had attended St. Monica Catholic Church.
During her last months, Adele strove to remain her fiercely independent self. When her health began to fail, many came to her aid. She was most appreciative of the outstanding care she received from everyone at Central Vermont Medical Center where she celebrated her 98th birthday with smiles and a cake. Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, the SASH Program, and her caregivers made her last days at home possible and filled with excellent care. Her caregiver, Rotha was a constant, positive, and engaged presence until the end. Many will miss Adele’s wit and the twinkle in her eyes.
Her family included two daughters, Barbara Dixie Doyle and Patricia Mary Rumph; several grandchildren; and a brother, John Jackym.
Besides her husband, four brothers predeceased her.
Her graveside service will take place in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Bloomfield, NJ on Monday, October 5, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.
, 38, of Highland Ave., and her unborn son, Charles George Raeburn, passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2015 in her home.
Born January 13, 1977 in Montreal, Canada she is the daughter of Charles G. Raeburn of Hampton, NH and S. Lynn (Kennedy) Raeburn of Portsmouth, NH. She attended Brookfield High School in Connecticut and graduated in the class of 1995. She later earned a Bachelor degree from Colby Sawyer College and graduated in the class of 2000.
On August 16, 2008, she married Brendan Connolly in Stowe, VT. Together they finally set down their roots and made their home together in Berlin, Vermont. She worked in the Financial Services industry for over 11 years before devoting her time and energy to starting a family with her husband.
She was an avid gardener, growing flowers and vegetables and anything else that could spring forth from the soil. She loved knitting, snowboarding, creating flower arrangements, and caring for their four rescue cats. Always willing to take a risk for the sake of the adventure, she relished any opportunity to try something new and exciting, creating lasting memories and laughter for all whose lives she touched.
Her electric smile and boisterous laugh, as well as her devotion to those she loved and cherished will be greatly missed, but most fondly remembered by all whose lives were touched by her unique soul.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Anne is survived by her sister Sarah C. Raeburn of Portsmouth, NH; her in-laws Daniel and Jennifer Connolly of Concord, NH; brother in-law Edward Connolly and wife Bridget, and their children Liam, Nolan, and Stella, of Chicago, IL; sister-in-law Elizabeth Stone and husband Michael, and their children Catherine and Anne's Godson Kent of Holly Springs, NC; aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends who greatly enriched Anne's life.
Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours for Anne on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St. Barre. All are welcome to the Canadian Club, 414 E Montpelier Rd. Barre, at 11:30 AM after the family’s private service on Friday, April 3, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Central Vermont SPCA.
, 66, of Overlake Drive, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. She had been in ill health for 18 years.
Born on October 17, 1948 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Donald Edward Larrow and Florence Blanche Duchaine. She attended Cathedral Grammar School and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Academy both in Burlington.
On August 5, 1983, Charlynne married Edmond R. Raymond in St. Lawrence Church in Essex Jct., VT. They made their home in Colchester.
Charlynne had worked for the General Electric Company in the Armament Division in Burlington as a clerical and data administrator.
She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Colchester. She enjoyed crafts, needlepoint, and her home.
Survivors include her husband, Edmond R. Raymond of Colchester; two sisters, Kathy Merchant and her husband, Terry of Colchester and Marie Sturgis and her husband, Arthur of Foxboro, MA; and nieces and nephews. Her parents predeceased her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Colchester. Later interment will be in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Drive, Williston, VT 05495.
GREAT NECK, LI, NY – The committal and graveside service for former Barre, VT resident, Abelina G. Reid
, 94, who died July 23, 2015 at the North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY will be held Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre prior to the committal service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Abelina was born in Barre on March 28, 1921, the daughter of the late Jose and Francesca Garcia. She attended Barre public schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1939. She excelled in academics, was an honor student and member of numerous school activities including Spanish club, typing, shorthand, orchestra and Glee club.
In 1941, she passed the entrance exam and went to work for the Federal Government at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. She advanced to a top level secretary/office administrator who worked directly for those in command of the U.S. military response to the enemy attack at Pearl Harbor. She was instrumental in organizing and communicating incoming military information for all facets of the U. S. armed forces. After the war, she was promoted to an administrative position in Brazil, where she would use her bilingual ability and experience to continue her career with the Federal Government for the next few years.
On June 28, 1952, she married William E. Reid at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. William grew up in Barre, also and he and Abelina graduated from Spaulding High School together. After living in DC and Virginia for a short time, they moved back to Barre, Vermont. She had two sons, Bill and Bob, and was a homemaker in Barre until the Reid family moved to Harrisonburg, Va. in 1969.
Abelina went back to work at Madison College (Now James Madison University) in 1971. She was chronologically secretary/office manager for the college Psychology Department, Library and ROTC.
Abelina and William retired in 1983 to Kill Devil Hills, NC. They loved to walk along the ocean, were very involved with the local Senior Center and local politics. She was on the town committee that petitioned for the town’s first hospital. She and William were always gracious hosts to family and grand kids who all enjoyed the Outer Banks. After William passed away in 1996, Abelina moved to Bethesda, Maryland to be near her sister, Deloros. Here, she became involved in national politics and enjoyed the fine art available in the Washington DC area. In 2007, she moved to Great Neck, NY, where her son Bob and his family resided. She spent the next eight years enjoying visits with her family and following the New York Giants and New York Mets on television.
Abelina was affiliated with the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Her interests included singing, writing, travel, opera, politics and baseball. She will be remembered for her smile that lit up a room, her kind nature and her dedication to her family.
Survivors include sister Anna Garcia of Harrisonburg, Va., two sons. William A. Reid of Harrisonburg, Va. And Robert J. Reid of New York City, NY., three grandchildren and three nieces.
She is proceeded in death by her brother Robert Garcia and sister Delores Wickers Hoffman.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Vermont Historical Society, Old Spaulding School, 60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.
LOWER GRANITEVILLE – Marion Evelyn Reilly
, 93, a long-time resident of Pearl Street, died January 11, 2015 at the Mayo Health Care in Northfield.
Born April 30, 1921 in Springfield, Vt., she was the daughter of John L. and Bertha (Murray) Reilly. Marion had attended Barre Town Schools and was a graduate of Spaulding High School.
She had worked for many years at the main office of the Rock of Ages Quarry in Graniteville in the Payroll Department.
Marion was a long-time member and active communicant of the Graniteville Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Carolyn Reilly, of the North Barre Manor; her only nephew, Murray S. Reilly, of Barre East Hill and 3 nieces Stacy Reilly McCorison in North Carolina and Mary and Kimberly Reilly.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, John Reilly.
Her committal service will be held at a time to be announced at the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town in the spring of 2015.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Health Care Activity Fund, 71 Richardson Street, Northfield, VT 05663.
, 60, of 780 Flint Road, Williamstown, Vermont passed away on August 25, 2015 from complications of stomach cancer at his home. His devoted wife, Renee, and loving daughter, Katie, were at his bedside.
Born in Montpelier on May 26, 1955, Rick was one of nine children born to Harold A. and Margaret (Kellett) Richardson. The family moved from Montpelier to Barre in 1957.
While attending St. Monica Catholic School and Spaulding High School, Rick made many lifelong friends. They knew him as Rugged Rick as they shared numerous childhood and adult adventures. At the age of 18, he and one such friend headed out on a cross-country tour with the ultimate goal of seeing Evel Knievel jump the Snake River Canyon near Shoshone Falls, Idaho. Rick loved to share stories of his trip with his daughter Katie, who was enthralled by his exciting tales. Later, while on a road trip from Boise, Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Renee, he made a side trip to revisit Shoshone Falls.
Rick worked as a carpenter for multiple employers in the greater Central Vermont area for many years; he perfected his craft primarily in the Waitsfield Valley. He used these skills to upgrade and renovate his home over the years, and took great pride in maintaining his property, keeping a well-manicured lawn, and ensuring that his tools were clean and in good repair. He got his CDL in 2004 and delivered fuel oil for Suburban Energy Services from 2004 until 2012. He was employed by Commercial Door Company in Williamstown, until he left in January 2015 due to ill health.
Rugged Rick appreciated all things outdoors. He was a sportsman who was in his element in the high country. He took pleasure in hunting, fishing, hiking with his dog, Lily, riding his snow-machine or motorcycle, kayaking and boating. He was a familiar sight at Barre Fish and Game Club’s Wednesday night skeet shoots. And he was pretty accurate with his aim.
Rick married his love and life-partner Renee Webster of Washington, VT on January 22, 1988. The love of his life, however, was their daughter Kathleen (Katie.) They were two peas in a pod. Early on, Rick instilled in Katie his love of and taste in music, especially the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He kept a large collection of vinyl albums and CDs. Rick cranked the surround-sound stereo whenever the mood struck (which was often). He quizzed Katie on the music as it played and was proud of her knowledge of classic rock. He seldom missed any event involving his daughter and watched proudly as she played sports or participated in school plays. He was a devoted and generous father that she loved deeply.
Rick was as generous and giving to his siblings and friends as he was to Katie and Renee. He was always willing to lend a hand, help with a home-upkeep project, or host a Christmas or lawn-party. For years, he and his brother, Mike, co-owned a rustic camp in Averill where all were welcome to enjoy four-season fun. He relished time spent in Northern Maine at sporting camps operated by his brother, John, and sister-in-law, Regina. Rick enjoyed a weekend reunion camping in Groton earlier this summer with sisters, Mary Lou, Shonnie, and Dianne, and brothers, Jim, Mike, and Pete, along with brother-in-law, Jim DeVries, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was a man of few words, but his actions proved how much he loved and cared for those closest to him time and time again. During his recent hospitalization, his family, siblings and friends reciprocated in kind as they kept vigil by his bedside.
Rick was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in January 2015. Despite the rigors of traveling to Boston and Dartmouth for chemotherapy, he showed tremendous strength and courage throughout his illness. He stayed active and engaged and kept himself busy with various projects throughout the past several months. As his health declined, his family ensured that he was able to come home as he wished.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Margaret; sister Judy (Richardson) DeVries; sister-in law Patricia Richardson; father-in-law Reginald Webster; and brother-in-law Ross Kindestin.
He is survived by his steadfast and devoted wife Renee; dear daughter Katie; and loving siblings: James Richardson of St. Albans VT; Virginia (Shonnie) Foran of Barre; John Richardson (Regina Webster) of Clayton Lake ME; Mary Lou Richardson of Barre; Dianne Richardson of Montpelier; Michael Richardson (Gen Hagopian) of Williamstown; and Peter Richardson (Stephanie) of Barre Town. He is also survived by mother-in-law Audrey Webster; siblings-in-law Jim DeVries; Jacquelyn Kindestin; Ernie Webster (Trudy); Danele Bedard; Denise Webster; Melissa Marden (Steve); Michele Snyder (Bill); many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends; and of course, Lily - his beloved dog, companion and walking partner.
At Rick’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. Renee and Katie invite family, friends and colleagues to join them at their home at 780 Flint Road in Williamstown on September 12th, 2015 beginning at 1 pm. There will be a croquet game, Rock n’ Roll, and stories and memories of Rugged Rick.
Though uncommon in the United States, stomach cancer is the second-most deadly form of cancer in the world. The disease receives much less research and funding than other more common cancers, and is seldom detected until it has reached an incurable stage. Donations can be made in Rick’s memory online to the Gastric Cancer Research Foundation.
, 84, a long-time resident of Richardson Road, died early Monday morning December 21, 2015 at the Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington where she had been a resident since November 12, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Born November 27, 1931 in Orange, she was the daughter of William and Margaret (Barnes) Goulette. She attended elementary school in Orange Center and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre City in 1949.
On February 10, 1951 she married Kermit W. Richardson in Orange. Following their marriage they made their home at Ft. Hood, Texas, where her husband had been stationed. Following his discharge they made their home in East Corinth and since 1955 at their present home in Orange. Kermit died January 7, 2012.
In 1963, she and her husband opened the Richardson Insurance Agency in Bradford which they operated together until 2002 when they “retired” after selling the agency. Margaret was office manager and bookkeeper.
She enjoyed knitting, cross word puzzles, square dancing and 4H activities with her children and will be long remembered for her loyalty to the Grange on a local, state, and national level. Margaret was also an active member in the Christ Community Church in Orange Center, and her devotion to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her community, and her friends will never be forgotten.
She leaves her 2 daughters; Beth Farnham and her husband, David, of Chelsea and Sue Perreault of Orange and 2 sons Mark Richardson and his wife, Sherri, also of Chelsea and Kim Richardson and his wife, Joan, also of Orange and 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Also surviving is her sister Vivian Butler of Berlin and 2 brothers; William Goulette who made his home with Margaret and Thomas Goulette and his wife, Janet, of Belmont, NH and nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Kermit, and her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Beede, and her brother, Stephen Goulette.
The celebration honoring her life will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Christ Community Church in Orange Center.
Later interment will be made in the Brookhaven Cemetery, also in Orange Center.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Tuesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495 or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, resident of Williamstown, VT and formerly of Menomonee Falls WI, passed to Eternal Life, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, age 71 years.
Devoted mother to Paul Robar of Round Lake Beach, IL. and his children Lance, Callie, Jade and Shawn and his daughter Kaylee. Devoted Step Mother to Danielle Robar of Searsport, ME and her children Destiny, Brent and Angelique. Dear sister of Margaret (John) Hockemeier of Tucson, AZ, Thomas (the late Dorothy) of Arlington Heights, IL, Maria (Gary) Kirchberger of Bothell, WA, Matthew (the late Cindy) of Franklin, WI and Annette (Tom) Pierce of Chicago. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Calling hours will held on May 9, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a service at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.
, 25, of Maple Hill, died unexpectedly Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin with his loving family at his bedside.
He was born on January 5, 1990 in Berlin, the son of Timothy and Valarie (Perry) Roberts. Kyle graduated from Twinfield Union School in 2008, studied Digital Media Arts at Barre Technical School for 2 years.
He had many passions some of which included fishing, NASCAR (Kyle Busch), WWE, NHL, NFL and playing jokes on his friends and family. Kyle’s contagious smile was loved by many, as well as his witty sense of humor.
Survivors include his parents, his twin sister, Ciara Roberts Phillips and her husband, Kenny, of Marshfield, brother Tyler Roberts of East Montpelier, nephew Brody Roberts of Montpelier, and his 2 yellow labs Buddy and Benni.
The family would like to thank all of those who touched Kyle’s life, he truly was one of a kind.
A celebration of Kyle’s life will be held at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Plainfield on Thursday, July 2, 2015.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, Vermont 05601 or United Cerebral Palsy Association, 10686 N. Gage Road, Barneveld, NY 13304.
, 96, of the Barre-Montpelier Road, died early Friday morning January 16, 2015, at his home.
Born August 13, 1918 on Foss Street in Barre City, he was the son of Augustus and Fenesia (Malnati) Rossi.
He attended Barre City Schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1937 and Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts in1939 with a degree in Business Administration.
On May 15, 1948 Lawrence married Nelda Alice Giannoni in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. They have always lived on the Barre-Montpelier Road and since 1953, at their present home.
In earlier years, he was an auditor for the State of Vermont and will always be remembered for his long association with the former St. Johnsbury Trucking Company as terminal manager in Barre and Montpelier and district manager for New England and New York. Later he worked as a realtor for W.J. Heney and Sons Realtors of Montpelier.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming and golfing.
Being and Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 6th Army for three and a half years in the South Pacific Theatre of operations. Lawrence was recalled to active duty with the 43rd Infantry Division during the Korean War and retired as a Major with the Vermont Army National Guard with over 21 years of service.
His memberships include St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre, the Barre Hunting Club, the Barre Elks Lodge #1535, the Barre American Legion Post #10, the Mutuo Inc, the Barre Country Club and had shot two holes in one during his golfing career, the Vermont Football Official’s Association, the New England Intercollegiate Football Association and the Retired Officers Association as well as the Association of the United States Army.
Lawrence was a member for fifteen years and past chairman of the Berlin School Board and was instrumental in the building of the new elementary school.
Besides his wife, Nelda, he leaves his daughter, Lauren Rossi Van Deren of Williamstown and son, Lawrence Rossi Jr., of Joe’s Pond; four grandchildren; Jessica Van Deren Herlihy and John Van Deren and Elizabeth and Zachery Rossi and four great grandchildren; Celeste and Baxter Herlihy and Faelen and Luciana Rossi. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Alba Rossi and Jeannine Giannoni and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was predeceased by his son Kevin Rossi who died in 1997, his parents; three sisters Evelyn Mooney, Lydia Rossi and Laura Domenichelli and four brothers; Augustus “Gus” Rossi, Theodore “Ted” Rossi, Navy Ensign and pilot, Claude Rossi who died in World War II, and Oliver “Midge” Rossi.
The Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
Later interment with military honors accorded will be made in the Berlin Corner Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street Barre on Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Barre Fish and Game Club – Gunner Brook Fishing Derby, P.O. Box 130 Barre, VT 05641.
, a long-time resident of Oak Drive, passed away at the age of 91 after several years of ill health. She was born on June 20, 1924 in West Topsham, Vermont to Orin and Mary (Tillotson) Avery.
A graduate of the West Topsham elementary school and Spaulding High School, she was married on September 19, 1941 to Ernest J. Rousse of Graniteville. He passed away on August 15, 1989.
Jean began her working career as a private secretary for a law firm in Portland, Maine where she lived while her husband served during WW II. After returning to Vermont she was employed as a secretary at the Barre Chamber of Commerce. In 1957 she began working at the Rock of Ages Corporation, retiring in 1989 after thirty years as the switchboard operator and receptionist.
She is survived by her sister, Marjorie (Leo) Dexter of East Barre, Vermont and her two children, Robert (Susan) Rousse of South West Ranches, Florida and Nancie (Raymond) Proulx of Waterville, Vermont. She leaves three grandchildren, Michael (Karlyn) Proulx of Calais, VT., Jennifer (Scott) Tromans of Sunrise, Florida and Kimberly (John) Beitz of Davie, Florida. Her granddaughter Kristen Proulx predeceased her in 2013. There are nine great grandchildren; Olivia, Aubree and Jake Eisenwinter; Tiffani and Justin Beitz; Sean and Kristen Tromans and Addison and Ruby Jane Proulx.
Her hobbies were rug hooking, painting and quilting. Her passion was collecting antique dolls and she was a long time member of the Green Mountain Doll Club of Vermont.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10:00am in the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre City. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, Tribute Processing Center, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
, 85, of East Cobble Hill Road and a longtime East Barre resident, gracefully passed from this world into the hands of the Lord on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
Born October 22, 1929, in East Barre, she was the only daughter of Henry and Hazel (Smith) Bullis. She attended East Barre Elementary School and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1947.
On August 5, 1950, she married Marcelino "Chink" Rubalcaba in the East Barre Congregational Church. They made their home all of their married life in Barre Town where they raised three sons.
Kitty was employed by the Barre City School District for many years, most of the years as secretary to the superintendent of schools, and retired in 1994. Kitty was a longtime member of the East Barre Congregational Church where she served in many different capacities on church boards and councils. Her last position was serving as the memorial fund chairwoman. Her other memberships included the Rebeckah Hastings Chapter of The Daughters of American Revolution (D.A.R.).
Kitty will always be remembered for her gracious smile, contagious laugh and gentle spirit. Her unconditional love for her family and friends will never be forgotten. Kitty's favorite pastimes were spent with her family and grandchildren, cheerleading at their sporting events, entertaining in her home where she never turned down the chance to play a game of cribbage or pitch, motorcycling with Chink and traveling with close girlfriends.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel Rubalcaba and companion Jo-Ann Buzzi, of Barre, and Gary Rubalcaba and his wife, Mary, who now resides in Woodbury; seven grandchildren, Alicia, Katie, Danielle, Michael, David, Hallie Rubalcaba, and Kristi and her husband, Tyler Hill; great-granddaughter Sara Hill; two brothers, Raymon and his wife, Mary Claire, and Larry Bullis and longtime partner, Barbara Taylor, all of East Barre.
Her husband, Marcelino, who passed in 2008, and son David, who passed in 1979, predeceased her. She had a special relationship with aunts Daisy Barden and Shirley Aldrich.
A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church. There are no calling hours. Later interment will be in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the East Barre Congregational Church/Memorial Fund, PO Box 246, East Barre, VT 05649.
, 61, of Summer Street, died Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Born December 31, 1953 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Alexander and Victoria (Russell) Renfrew and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1971.
She had been married to Leon Edson, Philip Wanat and Lyle Santamore, with all marriages ending in divorce.
Ella had worked as a nurse’s aide for over 20 years at the former McFarland House Nursing Home in Barre and will be remembered as a dedicated caregiver as well as enjoying partying, dancing, and country and western music.
Survivors include her 2 sons Leon and Max Edson and 1 grandson all of Barre; 2 sisters Tina Friend of Mountain Grove, Missouri and Nena Renfrew of Buckeye, Arizona, her brother Allen Renfrew of Orange, and nieces and nephews.
Later inurnment will be made in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town under the direction of the Renfrew family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 91, a long-time Williamstown resident and most recently of the Gardens, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the Rutland Health and Rehabilitation Center where she had been a patient since February of this year.
Born April 2, 1924 in Norwich, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Alvin and Helen (Turner) Driggs. Doris graduated from Evander Childs High School and Hunter College in 1945, both in New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics.
She later was a dietician intern at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and earned a Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from New York University.
Doris had been married to the late Robert Schindler from whom she was divorced.
Prior to her military career, she had been dietician at the former Barre City Hospital.
On October 9, 1952, Doris was commissioned a 1st Lt. in the United States Air Force as a hospital dietician and served honorably and well, being discharged October 31, 1972 as a Lt. Colonel from the USAF Regional Hospital (Strategic Air Command), Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas. She had several stateside assignments as well as being stationed in England and Puerto Rico.
Horseback riding, reading, traveling and gardening were special interests.
Survivors include her stepson Thomas Schindler, his wife Patty and their family of Fresno, California. She was predeceased by her sister, Jean Schmid.
The committal and graveside ceremony with full military honors will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Activity Fund of the Gardens, PO Box 130, Chelsea, VT 05038 or the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601-0687.
, 69, of Conti Circle, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015, at her home. She was also known to family and friends as “Barbie” or “Sister Bridget”.
Born on September 8, 1946 in Barre, she was the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy May (Hebert) Spencer, Sr. She attended the Holy Ghost School in Graniteville.
On August 14, 1969, she married Fred Shangraw, Jr. in Websterville. They made their home in Williamstown for many years and later moved to Tennessee before returning to live in Graniteville. He died on November 20, 2002.
In earlier years, Barbara worked at the former Capital City Press as a binder. After her children were born, she devoted herself to her family and her home and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A devoted Catholic, she was a former member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Williamstown and a member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville and took pleasure in attending church.
She enjoyed building things, woodworking, and doing crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her daughters, Brenda King and her husband, Walter of Barre, Lisa Emmons of Berlin, April Bowen, and Kara Shangraw, both of Barre Town; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Mikell, Barbara, Exavier, Kanya, Melody, Miranda and her husband, Jericho, Marissa, and Jasmine; four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Peyton, Alta and Jackson; a sister, Joanne Smith of Montpelier; aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Clarence Spencer, Jr.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville. Interment will take place in the Williamstown Village Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
, 21, of Graniteville Rd., passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in the University of Vermont Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born on April 27, 1994, he is the son of Thomas and Birgit (Sander) Sheridan of Williamstown. Derek attended Williamstown High School, graduating in 2013. He worked as the Assistant Bakery Manager at Hannaford’s in South Barre.
Derek loved snowboarding, hiking, hunting, playing his guitar, being outdoors, and adventuring with his friends. He was friends with everyone and touched many lives in such a short time.
In addition to his parents, Thomas and Birgit, Derek is survived by his sister, Colleen Sheridan of Williamstown; his paternal grandmother, Jane Sheridan of Berlin, VT; his maternal grandmother, Gertrud Weyer of Kirchhain, Germany; his aunts and uncles, Patrick Sheridan and his wife Stephanie of Florida, Dirk Schindler and his wife Petra of Kirchhain, Germany, Udo Sander and his wife Nee of Mannheim, Germany; and his cousin Darlene Schindler of Kirchhain, Germany.
Derek’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Williamstown Lutheran Church in Williamstown, VT.
There are no calling hours.
, 80, of Lague Lane, died peacefully Friday, August 14, 2015 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family had been at his bedside.
Born August 9, 1935, in Barre City, he was the son of Wayne W. and Carrie (Payne) Spaulding. He attended elementary school in East Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1954.
On June 14, 1958 he married Elaine G. Calcagni in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. All of their married life had been spent in Barre City.
Raymond was a well-known plumber and sheet metal fabricator, first working for his father at W.W. Spaulding Hardware Store in East Barre. Prior to taking over the family business, he was an instructor at the Barre Vocational Technical School for ten years. Raymond finished his professional career at ARC Mechanical Contractors in Bradford after 17 years of service. Raymond was also an instructor in the Vermont Plumbing Apprentice and Recertification Program for 50 years.
Being a veteran of U.S. Army Service, he served on active duty from June 9, 1955 to May 10, 1957 and had been stationed in France.
His memberships included the Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre, the Vermont State Guard, the Barre Elks Lodge #1535, and the Vermont Licensed Plumbers Association. In his free time Raymond enjoyed being at deer camp, assisting family members with home improvement projects, and working around his house. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife attending the many activities that their grandchildren participated in.
Besides his wife, Elaine, he is survived by his daughter, Alison Couture, and her husband, Richard, of Barre City and three sons, Jeffrey Spaulding of Williamstown; Gary Spaulding and his wife, Nancy, of Canterbury, NH and Kevin Spaulding and his wife, Sonya, also of Barre City; as well as eight grandchildren Rachel and Olivia Couture, and Kyle, Molly, Claire, Andrew, Parker and Emily Grace Spaulding.
Also surviving are two brothers; Douglas Spaulding and his wife, Susan, and Robert “Toad” Spaulding all of East Barre, and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Raymond’s life will be honored and celebrated on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre.
Interment will follow in the Hope Cemetery in Barre City. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486 or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
, 91, formerly of Buick Street in Lower Websterville, died peacefully surrounded by his children and family on January 6, 2015 in the Mayo Health and Continuing Care in Northfield.
Born on September 26, 1923 at the Robert’s House on Beacon Hill in Chelsea, Merlin was the son of Everett and Ella (Grant) Spear. At a young age, the family purchased a 64 acre farm on the hill just east of the Square off Vershire Road. Merlin was the Team Manager for the 1942 Chelsea State Champion basketball team and graduated in that same year as well.
Following high school Merlin worked as a hired hand for 12 years on the Larkin Farm in Tunbridge. In 1955 Merlin moved to Barre and worked for many years at Booth Brothers Dairy. He began as a route salesman, then moved into the office to do customer billing, milk testing and inventory. While working at Booth Brothers Dairy, he met his future wife, Nancy Tucker, whose family owned City View Dairy. On August 9, 1958, they were married in the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. For fifty-one years, they made their home on Buick Street in Websterville, before residing at the Gardens in Williamston and Mayo Manor in Northfield.
Through the late 60’s and 70’s Merlin worked at Howard’s Market in South Barre. There he managed the produce, dairy, and frozen foods sections as well as checkout customer service. At Howard’s, Merlin continued his theme of getting to know his customers, making them welcome and meeting their needs. Merlin then worked through the 80’s at Rock of Ages Corp in Graniteville. He oversaw the office shipping department and custodial duties. The theme of hard work, customer relations and attention to detail marked Merlin’s work career.
Merlin was very active at the Websterville Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church in Barre where he was an usher, visitation minister, men’s ministry member and held other volunteer roles. He was also a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge in Chelsea and leader within the Barre DeMolay. He was an active member of The Grange in Tunbridge and South Barre. Merlin and Best Man, Richard Blake, traveled to the National Grange Convention where they became official members.
Merlin enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go camping and in earlier years, snowmobiling and motorcycling with Nancy, children and friends. He and his best friend Dick Painchaud spent many years sugaring in Dick’s sugarwoods.
In the summer of 1972, Merlin and Nancy and their family along with Doug and Jan Manning and their family traveled on a camping trip across the United States. This was a very special and memorable trip for all. For two years, each family had a large glass jar and collected enough coins to fill each one. These coins paid for their trip. Merlin was well known for his Vermont ingenuity and dry humor. He will be remembered for his strong faith, love of family, hard work, tender spirit, desire to meet the needs of people and his beloved heritage of Chelsea.
Survivors include: his daughter, Laurie Foster and her husband, Art of Northwood, NH; his son, Stephen Spear and his wife, Frances of Wheaton, IL; his grandchildren, Shanon Rielly and her boyfriend, George Payton, Patrick Reilly, Zachary and Chelsea Spear, Lynn Foster and her fiancé, Ed Stack, Art Foster and his wife, Jessie, Liz Allen and her husband, Todd; his great-grandchildren, Katelyn Foster, Bella Foster, and Hallee and Chad Allen; his brother, Wayne Spear and Ann Richards of Essex.
He was predeceased by his wife of fifty-five years, Nancy Carolyn Tucker; his daughter, Wendy Spear; his brother Roger Spear; his sister Reba Cushman; his grandson’s wife, Kimberly Stoltz Foster; and his great-grandchildren, Tori and Brett Stoltz and Christa and Mykayla Foster.
A service celebrating Merlin’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Barre on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. All are invited to a special hot breakfast (Merlin’s favorite) and time of fellowship that will directly follow the service in the church’s dining hall. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in Merlin’s name may be made to The Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495 or to World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 please note in the memo section on a check, “Steve Spear: Running For Water”.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre is in charge of the arrangements.
, 57, of Cyr Road, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at his home.
Born on September 2, 1957 in Orange, he was the son of Franklin Fillmore and Mildred Abbie (Newton) Spencer. He attended school in Orange.
Ray had made his home in Orange with his longtime companion, Diane Burnor Gaylord. She predeceased him.
On July 25, 1986, Ray married Susan Morse in Chelsea. Following their marriage, they lived in Washington. They were recently divorced.
For over thirty years, Ray worked for Central Vermont Community Action in the insulation and weatherization program and had been a supervisor. Later, he had worked for Vermont Casting in Randolph, Harvest Equipment in Montpelier, and for Sodexo in maintenance at Norwich University in Northfield.
Ray was a former member of the Canadian Club in Barre. He enjoyed time spent with his family, hunting, fishing, four wheeling, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.
Survivors include his children, Laurie Spencer-Chapin and her husband, Steven of Berlin, Michael Murphy of Washington, and Kristine Murphy and soon to be son-in-law, Jamie Laquerre of East Montpelier; five grandchildren, Steven Chapin Jr., Travis Chapin, Camryn Murphy, Melinda Laquerre, and Jesse Laquerre; a great-grandson, Tucker Chapin; two sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Dunn and her husband, Norman “Pete” of West Topsham and Nancy Blanchard and her husband, Kenneth of Newport, NH; two brothers, Franklin Spencer and Frederick “Johnny” Spencer, both of Orange; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Winnie Weir and brothers, Fillmore “Pinky” Spencer and George Spencer.
His funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville.
, 68, of Barre, Vt. passed away on Friday, December, 25, 2015 in Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. after a long battle with Cancer.
Fred was born on April, 5, 1947, in Fort Benning, GA, the son of Robert Springer and Helen (Savard) Shaw.
Fred worked for over 20 years as the Maintenance Supervisor for the City Center Building in Montpelier, Vt.
He was a lifetime member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club. He enjoyed traveling around the state of Vermont, hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and friends, and sharing a good joke. His wicked wit and charisma lit up rooms. Fred had a profound influence and impact on so many.
Fred is survived by his brothers, Robert Springer and Michael Springer, his sisters, Nancy Hutchinson and Bev Collins, his twin sister, Connie Beebe; his sons, Frederick D. MacKenzie, Dondi L. Walbridge, Anthony R. Springer; his daughters, Sherry L. Hurley, Terry A. Williams, Lucretia M. MacKenzie; 14 Grandchildren; 12 Great Grandchildren; Several Cousins, Nieces and Nephews; his long time childhood friend, Dennis Mclaughlin and a large extended family of relatives and friends. He is predeceased by both parents and his brother, Jerome Springer.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January, 9, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Ln, Williston, VT 05495.
, 60, of Dickerson Road, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at his home.
Born August 4, 1954, in Colchester, he was the son of Edgar and Mildred (Conner) Stickney.
He was a long-time resident of Hill Street in Barre Town and for more than 20 years, he made his home with his caregivers, Roland and Sheila Dunham, in Greensboro Bend and more recently in Granby, Vermont.
John is survived by his sister Carol Burdett of Shelburne and several nieces and nephews as well as his loving caregivers Roland and Sheila Dunham and their family of Granby to whom we extend our most heartfelt thanks.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by 2 sisters Linda Mathewson and Sue Ellen Stickney.
His life will be honored and celebrated with a graveside committal service on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland City.
There are no calling hours.