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Esther Mable Capen
FOREST DALE - Esther M. "Peggy" Capen, 72, died on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at her home in Forest Dale. She was born in Hadley, N.Y., on Sept. 6, 1926. She was the daughter of the Rev. Dennis and Clara (Parker) Osgood. She received her early education in Brandon schools and had attended Brandon High School. On Sept. 22, 1945, she married Robert W. Capen at Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. In her earlier years she had worked at a factory in Proctor turning out gun sights during World War II. She later worked as a hostess and chef at various area restaurants, including the Middlebury Inn and the Brandon Inn. She was a member of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. She was very active in church affairs. She had taught Sunday school at the Champlain Conference of The Wesleyan Church in West Chazy, N.Y., every year for more than 50 years. She, as the wife of a Wesleyan clergyman, had served as choir director and church organist as well as being the Christian youth director at the various churches that her husband was assigned to. She was very musically inclined and was accomplished at the organ, accordion and piano. She organized and directed a musical group known as "The Preacher 4 Plus." She was also known as Mrs. Santa Claus for her ability at fund-raising and solicitation for toys for area underprivileged children at Christmastime. She had raised many foster children over the years. She was very proud of obtaining her license as a bus driver. She also did nurses training at Cuba Hospital in Cuba, N.Y., in the early 1960s. Surviving are her husband, Robert W. Capen of Forest Dale; two sons, Robert D. Capen of Rutland and John T. Capen of Brandon; two daughters, Laurie B. Capen of Forest Dale and Aimée J. Capen of Whitehall, N.Y.; one brother, Donald Osgood of Stamford, Conn.; and two sisters, Evangeline Grant of Filmore, N.Y., and Marilyn Ross of Bakers Mills, N.Y. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She vas predeceased by a brother, Derwood Osgood, A funeral service was held Saturday at Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. Burial was in Forest Dale Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church, c/o Sarah Bender, treasurer, P.O. Box 364, Brandon, Vt. 05733.

Edward B. Draper
MIDDLEBURY - Edward B. Draper, 94, died in Middlebury on Feb. 15, 1999. He was born in Richford on June 11, 1904, the son of Almer and Eliza (Whittemore) Draper. He attended Richford High School and Burlington Business College. He was a member of the Missisquoi Lodge F&AM No. 9 for 70 years. He was employed by the Atlas Plywood Co. in Richford until it closed in 1957. After moving to Middlebury, he was employed as custodian in the Middlebury schools until his retirement in 1984. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Helen Blair Draper. Survivors include four children, Stephen Draper of Middlebury, Nancy and her husband, Robert Foster, of Middlebury, Carole and her husband, Sye Prim, of Addison, and Kevin Draper and his wife, Janet Gordon, of Waterbury Center; and five grandchildren. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Baptist Church in Middlebury. Memorial contributions may be made to Project Independence, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.

Russell F. Dwire
Middlebury - Russell Frederick Dwire, 95, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at Helen Porter Nursing Home, having suffered a stroke in August 1998. He was born in Middlebury on April 10, 1903, the son of Alfred and Minnie S. (Bryant) Dwire. He was predeceased by his parents and five sisters, Ethel Mae, Rachel, Dorothy, Bessie and Izetta. On Jan. 26, 1930, he married Amy May Smith. They shared 64 years of marriage before Mrs. Dwire died in March 1994. He was a lifelong outdoorsman. He left school at age 11 to work in a logging camp in Hancock. He logged for many years. He was an avid hunter and trapper, an art he learned from his father and passed down to his sons and grandsons. He worked for the WPA from 1933 to 1935. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the late 1930s and again in the 1970s. He did forestry work for Middlebury College, and, from 1942 to 1951, he worked for the Middlebury Public Works Department. During the 1950s and 1980s, he dairy farmed, cut wood, sugared and market gardened. In the 1970s and 1980s he rejoined his lifelong friends and neighbors to cut and sell wood, produce maple syrup and market garden. He sold his produce at the farmers' market and from 1990 to 1997 from his roadside stand. He had a zest for living based on his spiritual beliefs. He enjoyed many activities and was always ready to try something new. He is survived by his six children, Vonda Moss of Florida, Valma Maltais of Massachusetts, Vivian and her husband, William, of Hinesburg, Vernon ("Butch") and his wife, Shirley, of Sheffield, Virginia Pancotti of New York and Victor of Middlesex; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Friends may call at the United Methodist Church Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Vermont Trapper's Association, c/o Brent Teillon, RD2 Box 2560, Morrisville, Vt. 05661, or to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.

SUSAN SEARLE
Middlebury - Susan Searle, 78, died Saturday, April 10, 1999, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She was born in Whiting Dec. 20, 1920, the daughter of Fred and Minnie (Taylor) Quelch. She was a graduate of Brandon High School. She had served with the United States Army from 1944 to 1945. On Nov. 27, 1958, she married Roger Searle. She was employed by Benjamin Cleaners in Middlebury for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Raymond Gale of Salisbury; one brother, Thomas Quelch of Springfield; four sisters, Bessie Dodge of Sudbury, Elizabeth Randall of Cavendish, May Hewey of Baltimore and Dorothy Lizotte of Florence; one grandson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger Searle, who died in 1977. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Graveside committal services with military honors followed in the Foote Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, Vermont Affiliate, 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602. or to the charity of one's choice.

Bruce Andrew Lombard
NEW HAVEN - Bruce Andrew Lombard, 54, of New Haven died unexpectedly in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Friday, April 9, 1999. He was born in Burlington on April 22, 1944, the son of Andrew and Irene (Campbell) Lombard. He was a dairy farmer all his life. He operated his own dairy farm in New Haven for 24 years. Farming was his life, and he loved it with all his heart and soul, family members said. He enjoyed going to Rosie's Restaurant in Middlebury for his meals. He was such a frequent customer that the staff knew him by name. He was a student at Adult Basic Education, where he diligently learned to read and write. Through Adult Basic Education, he wrote "Lombard Plums: Farm Stories as I Remember Them." In the book, he wrote about growing up on his family's dairy farm and other stories of when he was a child. He is survived by two sons, Michael Burgoyne and Michael's fiancée, Kim Morin, of Burlington and James Lombard of Winooski, and close friends Terry and Sally Ryan of Middlebury. A brother, Allen Lombard, predeceased him in 1998. A private graveside service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. Contributions in his memory may be made to Elderly Services Inc., P.O. Box 571, Middlebury, Vt. 05753; St. Mary's Catholic Church, College St., Middlebury, Vt. 05753; or to the American Red Cross, Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602.

Barbara Spaulding Braley
BRISTOL/LEESBURG, Fla. - Barbara S. Braley, 76, died unexpectedly on March 31, 1999, at her home in Leesburg, Fla.

Eileen Andrews
PANTON - Eileen Andrews died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at the age of 83. She was born in Pittstown, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 1916, the daughter of Everett and Florence (Mason) Wager. On April 12, 1942, she married William S. Andrews, who survives her. She is also survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Susan Andrews Duke and Alan of Ferrisburgh and Constance A. Everest and Sidney of West Addison; two grandsons; a brother Gerald Wager and his wife, Priscilla; two sisters, Francis Baker and Nancy Harwood; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother and one sister. She graduated from Bennington High School in 1934 and attended Keuka College in New York. She worked as a bookkeeper for the then Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington. In 1947, she and her husband moved to Vergennes to work as cottage parents at the Weeks School, where they worked for 28 years. Her love of art is reflective in her own work as an artist. Her love of family is reflective in their devotion to her.

Ruth Ringer
VERGENNES - Ruth K. Ringer, 83, died at her home Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, after a long illness. She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Middlebury the daughter of Charles J. Remele and Alice (Baldwin) Remele. She married Roy Tucker Sr. on June 14, 1936. He predeceased her Aug. 4, 1968. She married her second husband, Frederick C. Ringer, on July 11, 1981. She was employed by Simmonds Precision for 24 years and retired in 1981. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 14 in Ver-gennes, a member and past president of the Eagles Auxiliary Aerie No. 3801 in Vergennes and a member and past president of the St. Ann's Society of St. Peter's Parish in Vergennes. Survivors include her second husband, Frederick C. Ringer of Vergennes; a daughter, Connie Hobbs of Vergennes; two sons, Roy T. Tucker Jr. of Bristol and Charles J. Tucker of Vergennes; two sisters, Francis Adams of Bridport and Marion LeBeau of Vergennes; six stepchildren, Frederick Ringer of Essex Junction, Mike Ringer of Colchester, Patrick Ringer of New Jersey, Tony Ringer of Vergennes, LuAnne Mailloux of Ferrisburgh and Mary Essex of Vergennes; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother and three sisters. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment was in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Vergennes. Contributions may be made to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice Route 7, Middlebury, Vt. 05753, or Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes, Vt. 05491.

Robert Tatro
MONKTON - Robert Olin Tatro, 68, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington following a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. He was born April 12, 1931, in Monkton. He was the only child of Olan and Ismal (White) Tatro. He was known by many as Robert, Dad to his two daughters and "Put-Put" to his three granddaughters. He married Joy Barrows on June 18, 1953. He was a self-employed dairy farmer for 50 years. Throughout his career he employed many young men, most of whom ended up calling him Dad. When he retired in 1990, he sold the farm and built a new home where he continued to keep his horse RJ. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Wilma Jean Euber
BRATTLEBORO - Wilma Jean Euber, 56, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She was born in Middlebury on April 24, 1944. She was the daughter of Edward and Malieta (Stone) Cram. She had been a resident of Brattleboro since 1985 moving there from Salisbury. She had been employed in the housekeeping department at the Brattleboro Retreat for the last 14 years. She was forced to retire due to a disability. She enjoyed gardening and collecting dolls. Surviving are her husband, Philip W. Euber of Brattleboro, whom she married in Leicester Sept. 20, 1960; four sons, Vincent Euber of Brattleboro, Stacey Euber of Dover, Jamie Euber and Glen Euber both of Brattleboro; one daughter, Michele Y. Blake of Brattleboro; her mother, Malieta Cram of Brandon; three brothers, John Cram of Brandon, Alfred Cram of Rutland and Edwin Cram of Salisbury; six sisters, Jane Hutchins of Forest Dale, Janet Bombard of Brandon, Kathy Clark of Proctor, Judy Martin of Brandon, Nora Rochon of Brandon and Diane Gee of Proctor; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Phillip E. Euber, and a sister, Sheryl Thomas. The funeral service was held on Saturday in Brandon. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot at Forest Dale Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Wilma Jean Euber Memorial Fund, c/o the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home office in Brandon.

Donald O. Randall
MIDDLEBURY - The graveside committal service and burial with military honors for Donald O. Randall, 73, who died Jan. 16, will be held Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

Nettie Mae Sweet
FERRISBURGH - Nettie Mae Sweet, 82, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She was born on Oct. 18, 1917, in Huntington, the daughter of Daniel and Wilena (Warren) Sweet. She is survived by a sister, Edith I. Sweet, of Ferrisburgh; several nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews. Services were held Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington.

Ralph R. Ekroos
PORTLAND, TEXAS - Ralph R. Ekroos, 53, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had resided in Portland for the past 12 years. He was born Jan. 2, 1947, in Middlebury, Vt. He attended Middlebury Union High School, graduating as the class president in 1965. He than served in the United States Army and the United States Coast Guard. He was the co-founder, past president and current treasurer of Support Group, a Coastal Bend-based support group for people who received an organ transplant or who are waiting for a transplant. He was very active in educating people about organ donation. He was a member of the Portland Lions Club, where he served as second vice-president and district chairman of the Lions Club Eye Bank. He was a member of St. Christopher by the Sea Episcopal Church in Portland. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ekroos of Portland; two stepsons, Stephen J. Dunn and wife, Sheri Schmidt, of Amherst, Mass., and Michael Dunn and wife, BillieJo, of Sandia; four brothers, Toivo Ekroos of Fairfax, Va., Ray Ekroos of Easton, Md., William Ekroos of Middlebury, Vt., and Joey Ekroos of South Starksboro, Vt.; and one sister, Helen Ekroos Counter of Middlebury; a grandson; a granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held May 30 at St. Christopher by the Sea Episcopal Church, Portland. A memorial service in Middlebury, Vt., will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hearts Support Group, P.O. Box 6891, Corpus Christi, Texas 78466.

Leila Langdon
NEW HAVEN - The graveside service for Leila Langdon, who died in May, will be held on July 11 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.

Charles T. Yustin
MIDDLEBURY/GLOUCESTER, Mass. - Charles T. Yustin, 39, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. He was born on Nov. 1, 1960, in Derby, Conn., the son of John and Josephine (Croncote) Yustin Sr. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. He was employed by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, Mass. He is survived by his mother, Josephine Yustin of Warren; three brothers and their wives, John and Jennifer Yustin Jr. of Waltham, Louis and Patricia Yustin of Seymour, Conn., and David and Susan Yustin of Bridport; a sister and her husband, Deborah and Bob Pinto of Middlebury; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport. Interment was in Village Cemetery in Warren at a later date.

Wayne G. Dudley
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Wayne G. Dudley, 79, of Willimantic, Conn., and Stuart, Fla., died on Sunday, May 28, 2000. He was born and raised in Shoreham, Vt. He earned a degree from the University ofVermont. He accepted a teaching position with Windham Public Schools in 1947 and relocated to Willimantic. Many knew him throughout his dedicated 31 year career as teacher, coach and administrator. He and his wife, Betty, spent their winters in Stuart, Fla., where he served as president and treasurer of the condo association and made a second home. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Dudley of Stuart, Fla.; two daughters, Diane Jones of Jupiter, Fla., and Nancy Peterson of Plano, Texas; three sisters, Jean Anderson and Joanne Valley of Shoreham, Vt., and Barbara Lenygel of Middlebury, Vt.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Wayne C. Dudley was held on June 17, at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic. Donations may be made to the First Congregational Church, Valley Street, Willimantic, Conn. 06226.

Flora Belle Grine
BRANDON - Flora Belle Grine, 85, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She was born in Butler, Pa., on July 11, 1914. She was the daughter of William Sharff and Florinda (Reaville) Grine. She was graduated from Har-Brack Union High School in Natrona Heights, Pa., class of 1931. She attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in Stroudsburg, Pa., and received her degree in 1935. She later attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pa. In her earlier years she taught physical education in Pittsburgh, Pa. In later years she had worked as a nurses' aide at Merrill Manor in Pittsburgh. She had been actively involved with the Allegheny County Girl Scouts for many years. She was also involved in local social work. She retired to New Haven, Vt., in 1994 and later moved to Brandon to be near her sister. She was a member of the Brandon Baptist Church and was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Tarentum, Pa. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. Surviving is one son David Erwin Ide of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Grine of Brandon, and Ruth Grine of Sequin, Wash.; two grandchildren; and 12 nephews and three nieces. The funeral service was held on Monday in Brandon. A private graveside committal service and burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733.

Ellen Whitney Gage Baker
FOREST DALE - Ellen Whitney Gage Baker, 87, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Addison on April 3, 1913. She was the daughter of Leroy and Grace (Jackson) Gage. She graduated from Middlebury High School class of 1932. On Oct. 8, 1938, she married Cushman Emery Baker in Shoreham. Mr. Baker died Dec. 18, 1994. She moved with her family to the Brandon area in 1945. She was a housewife, homemaker and caregiver. She had worked several years at the old Brandon Training School. She was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church and of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Surviving are three daughters, Grace Simonds of Whiting, Carol Bird of Forest Dale and Sue Baker Puffenbarger of Warrenton, Va.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Two sisters, Olive Baldwin Crane and Evelyn Mead, predeceased her. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, at the Brandon Congregational Church. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot in East Shoreham Cemetery. Memorial gifts in may be made to Project Independence, c/o Joanne Corbett, 27 North Pleasant St., Middlebury, Vt. 05733.

Ned Oscar Russ
FOREST DALE - Ned Oscar Russ, 89, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. He was born in Wolcott on Nov. 18, 1910. He was the son of Wilbur and Alma (Churchill) Russ. He received his early education in local Wolcott schools and graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville. He farmed most of his life in Wolcott, Craftsbury and later Amherst, Mass. On Oct. 14, 1932, he married Nelda Antoinette Paquette in Albany. Mrs. Russ died May 9, 2000. He and his family returned to Vermont from Amherst, Mass., in 1946. He retired from farming in 1958 and entered the construction business as a heavy equipment operator with his son-in-law, Eugene Brisson and Sons in Shoreham. He retired from construction in 1975. He had also driven a school bus for the Brandon school district. He had driven bus for Camp Keewaydin at Lake Dunmore for camp trips for several years. He retired from bus driving in 1989. He was active in local and state Granges in both Vermont and Massachusetts. He belonged to the Brandon Senior Citizens. Surviving are two sons, Robert G. Russ of Roanoke, Va., and Richard A. Russ of Forest Dale; two daughters, Eleanor R. Brisson of Shoreham and Shirley L. Provost of Panton; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Fred Russ, Harry Russ and George Russ and two grandsons, Jerry Brisson and Jim Brisson. The funeral service was held on Wednesday in Brandon. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot in Forest Dale Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733.


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