Miscellaneous Addison County, Vermont Obituaries

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Harold H. Currier
VERGENNES - Harold H. Currier, 82, died Aug. 4, 2000, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury after a brief illness due to pancreatic cancer. He was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Percy and Maude (Stone) Currier. He attended schools in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes. He worked on the railroad prior to Simmons Precision Products, where he worked 43 years until his retirement in 1982. He was a kind gentle man, always there ready to help. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing and excelled as a deer hunter. Long rides in the evening with his best friend, Winnie Austin, were a long standing tradition. He is survived by his son and wife, Robert and Ruth Currier of Huntington; a grandson, Todd Currier; three grandaughters; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine (Bacon) Currier; a brother, Clayton; and sisters, Dorothy, Pauline, Francis and Laura. Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Vergennes. Interment was in Lake View Cemetery in West Addison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, 150 Kennedy Dr., South Burlington, Vt. 05403, or the Vergennes United Methodist Church Vergennes. Vt. 05491.

Antoinette Salvator Bilodeau
WEYBRIDGE - Antoinette Salvator Bilodeau, 80, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. She was born in Rosco, N.Y., Feb. 8, 1920, the daughter of Joseph and Sadie (Litrenta) Salvator. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1944, with a bachelor of science in medical technology. She was one of three in UVM's first graduating class in medical technology. She worked at Mary Fletcher Hospital after graduating and also in West Virginia and Laconia, N.H. On April 23, 1949, she was married to Wilfrid R. Bilodeau in the newly built St. John's Apostle Church in Johnson. She was an enthusiastic bird watcher, maintained scrapbooks and was known for her wealth of knowledge on the subject. She and her husband also toured Vermont's covered bridges, col-lecting photographs and articles. She was survived by her husband, Wilfrid; three sons, Blaise Bilodeau, Lawrence and his wife, France Bilodeau, and Joseph and his wife, Wendy Bilodeau; her sisters-in-law, Marie Lackard and Dolly and her husband, Robert Sinclair; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Louise Salvator, Innocence Brault and Marie Tomlinson; and two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Yvonne and Alden Sargant and Mary Jane and Paul King. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Middlebury. Graveside committal services and burial were in Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson. Memorial contributions may be made to Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 504, Middlebury, Vt. 05753, or to the Addison County Home Health Care, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.

Elsie Davis Brisson SHOREHAM - Elsie Davis Brisson, 101, died Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2000, at her home in Shoreham. She was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., on March 25, 1899, the daughter of Sherman and Alice (DuRoss) Davis. On Dec. 25, 1919, she married Henry J. Brisson. He died in 1935. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at St. Genevieve Cemetery in Shoreham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05733.

Edward Charles Barry
ORWELL - Edward Charles Barry, 94, died peacefully at his home in Orwell on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. He was a longtime resident of New York and Florida and had been a summer resident of Orwell for more than 55 years. He is survived by his wife, Laura R. Barry of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; three daughters, Edna D'Oliva of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Laurette Whittle of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Rae Ann Barry of Orwell; one son, Patrick Barry of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; a niece and a nephew; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Orwell. Private interment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753, or the Orwell Free Public Library, Main Street, Orwell, Vt. 05760.

Joann Wendel
BRISTOL - Joann Wendel, 70, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at her home in Bristol. She was born on Oct. 18, 1929, in Orange, Mass., the daughter of Fenwick and Eltheda (Ward) Estey. She was a graduate of Bristol High School and worked for many years at Drake Smith Company in Bristol. She then worked at the Bristol Elementary School before her retirement in 1998. She loved to go fishing with her husband Harland and her grandchildren. She spent her summers tending her vegetable garden and many flower gardens. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid birdwatcher who cared year-round for the birds that came to her numerous feeders. Reading was a special joy for her and she liked nothing better than to be curled up in her rocking chair with yet another favorite book. She was a devoted wife and mother and she died peacefully surrounded by the family she loved. She was a no-nonsense kind of person but also one who understood the quiet beauty of the world around her. She was a wise and compassionate woman who was a source of strength for all who were lucky to have known her. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Harland; one daughter, Cathy and her husband, Glenn Ahrens, of Bow, N.H., and five sons, George Wendel and his wife, Judy, Hal Wendel and his wife, Margaret, Brian Wendel and his wife, Meg, all of Bristol, Scott Wendel and his wife, Vickie, of Hinesburg, and Dean Wendel and his wife, Cheryl, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Fenwick Estey of Starksboro, and Frank Estey of Woodstock, Conn.; three sisters; Edythe Estey of Clifton, N.J., Eltheda Steady of New Haven and Nancy Hallock of Lebanon, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Estey. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Memorial contributions may be made to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753 or The Munsill Hose Company, Bristol, Vt. 05443, for the restoration of the "36."

Emma Mary White
MIDDLEBURY - Emma Mary White, 86, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, 2000, at her residence. She was born Jan. 13, 1914, in Little Falls, New Jersey, a daughter of Robert Maxwell and Barbara Jane (Kuebler) Dinsmore. She graduated from New Jersey schools. After graduation, she began work in 1930 for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. She worked as a secretary and later became head of the claims processing unit until her retirement in 1977, a span of 47 years. She moved to the Middlebury area in 1978 from New Jersey. She loved to travel. She also loved nature, raising flowers and feeding birds She was active in Project Independence, and enjoyed cross-stitching and playing the organ. She is survived by a sister, Barbara D. Potter and her husband, John, of Middlebury; a step-daughter, Marianne Gray of Hollywood, Calif.; seven nieces and nephews; many great-nephews and great-nieces; six step-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles Slivka and her second husband, Waldo White; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Charlotte. A memorial service will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the East Middlebury Methodist Church. The Rev. Richard Neal, Pastor, will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Project Independence, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.

David Claghorn
WEYBRIDGE - David Miller Claghorn Jr., 85, died Nov. 26, 2000, at his home in Weybridge. He was born in Boston, Mass., on June 13, 1915, to Anna Walker and David Miller Claghorn. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a dairy farmer who raised Ayrshire cattle in Weathersfield and Livingston. Over the years he held offices in the National Ayrshire Association, Connecticut Milk Producers Association and other agricultural organizations. Locally he served on the boards of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Baird Center for Children, the Addison County Counseling Service, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and the Smallholders Association. He and his wife lived in Cornwall for many years. Constance Beardsley Claghorn, his wife of 59 years, died in Dec. 1999. He is survived by a son, David Michael Claghorn of Vancouver, B.C., Canada; a daughter, Judith Claghorn Mitchener of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; two grandchildren; a brother, William Claghorn of Princeton, Mass.; and a sister, Helen C. Smith, of Davis, Calif. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury on Dec. 4 at 10:30 am. Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to Birds of Vermont Museum Inc., 900 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington, Vt. 05477.

Peg Williams
SUDBURY - Margaret "Peg" Williams, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Churubusco, N.Y., on April 21, 1917. She was the daughter of William and Josephine (DeMarse) Rufiange. She received her early education in South Hero schools. She moved with her family to Brandon in the early 1930s. On April 18, 1938, she married Theron Warren Williams in Brandon. Mr. Williams died March 19, 1995. They had been residents of Sudbury since 1938. In her earlier years she was involved with the Sudbury Parent-Teacher Association. She was a housewife and homemaker. She belonged to the Sudbury Ladies Circle. She was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church. Surviving are two sons, Thomas W. Williams of Brandon and John R. Williams of Sudbury; one daughter, Barbara Riley of Succasunna, N.J.; a sister, Frances Bullock of Bristol; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Brandon Congregational Church. . A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, Vt. 05733.

Stanley Aunchman
CASTLETON - Stanley Thomas Aunchman, 76, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his home in Castleton. He was born in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 26, 1924. He was the son of Leon and Katherine (Burke) Aunchman. He received his early education in local Newark, N.J., schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army in the invasions of North Africa and Italy. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Brooklyn, N.Y., and employment with Century Exterminators, which later was taken over by Orkin Exterminators. He retired in 1989 following 42 years of service in the extermination business. He retired to Vermont in 1990, moving from Regal Park, N.Y. He was a member of Resurrection Ascension Catholic Church in Regal Park, N.Y Surviving are his wife, Joan O'Boyle Aunchman of Castleton, whom he married Feb. 12, 1970, in New York City; two sons, Michael Colhessy of Regal Park, N.Y., and John Colhessy of New York City; two daughters, Joanne Fusco of Massapequa, N.Y., and Randy Valli of Calabasas, Calif.; two brothers, Gerald Aunchman of Tucson, Ariz., and Allan Aunchman of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sisters, Rita Holden of Mesa, Ariz., and Barbara Carpenter of Spring Valley, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Helene Bullock. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Orwell. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at St. Genevieve Cemetery in Shoreham. Memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.

Gladys Parent
RICHMOND - Gladys May Smith Parent, 93, the eldest of 10 children born to Eli Stephen Smith and Betsy Jane White Smith, died on Nov. 23, 2000, in her sleep. She was born in Monkton on Jan. 26, 1907. Her early years were spent working with her father on local dairy farms in Monkton. It was through this experience that she developed a lifelong love of gardening. She enjoyed nature and loved to walk in the woods. She traveled extensively throughout the Eastern United States and demonstrated her early fascination with study and words in a detailed journal of these trips. She and her sisters, Mildred and Marion, exchanged handwritten letters on a weekly basis. She was very fond of word games, and was an accomplished craftsperson who displayed her knitting and crochet work in local fairs. She also provided the family with hand-knitted baby clothes and afghans. She had a love for learning and was constantly studying her Bible, which was the source for her strong faith. On May 5, 1937, she married Kedric Parent in Richmond. They had two children, Gene Smith Parent and Kedric Peter Parent. They initially settled in Richmond but soon embarked on a journey in which they lived in a number of states ranging from Pennsylvania to Florida, Indiana and California. They returned to Richmond in 1947 and remained there the rest of their lives. She was a member of the Richmond Hale and Hearty Senior Citizen's club, The Beacon Light Grange, and Richmond Ladies Aid. She is survived by her sons, Gene and his wife, Evangeline, and Peter and his wife, Sandra, of Richmond; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sisters, Mildred Wright of Bristol and Marion Smith, of Burlington; a brother, William, and his wife, Evelyn Smith, of Monkton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased on June 20, 1986, by her husband. She was also predeceased by two grandchildren, John and Mary Parent; her brothers, Clarence, Harold, Rolon and Duane Smith; and two infant brothers. A private family service was held in Bristol on Monday. Interment followed at the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Wolfsong (Rickie Provencher)
HARDWICK - Wolfsong (He Who Sings The Wolf Song), Abenaki storyteller, Native American cultural presenter and speaker, formerly of Burlington, and recently of Hardwick, died on Nov. 24, 2000. He was born Rickie Provencher on April 25, 1953, in Middlebury. He was raised and educated in Addison. He embraced his Abenaki heritage and since 1985 has been drawing audiences into a circle of sharing, laughter and wisdom by sharing the ancient voices of Native American traditional stories and legends throughout the United States and Canada. He studied with Abenaki, Cherokee and Tuscarora elders and teachers. His lectures and stories reflected his innate respect for women, humanity's connection to the Earth and the cyclical nature of life. He had appeared and shared his gifts in such places as the Flynn Theater, First Night and the Earth Peace International Film Festival and The Fleming Museum in Burlington, Indianapolis Children's Museum, Boston Museum of Art, Stratton Mountain Arts Festival, Journeys into American Indian Territory, Long Island, N.Y., Three Apples Festival in Harvard, Mass., Tsai Theater in Boston, St. Louis Storytelling Festival in St. Louis, Mo., The Appalachian Storytelling Festival in Pennsylvania; First Things First at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Mass., as well as in hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals, museums, and Powwows in locations as far away as Nicaragua. He had been heard on Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and WSNO. Due to his extensive knowledge of Native American history, he was a featured lecturer on Native American culture, history and legends frequently at University of Vermont and St. Michael's College and at many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. His intent was to pass on the legacy and wisdom of his ancestors. As he would say, "Our bones are made of the earth, the earth is made of our bones." He asked his audiences to remember that as they walk on this land, they are walking on the bones of our ancestors. His mastery of acquainting his audiences with the breadth, depth and inherent value of indigenous cultures will be long remembered. He believed it important for people to understand the legacy that Native Americans have and are giving to American society. He believed that it was necessary to embrace the past to consciously choose and direct the future. He touched many people's lives and hearts, especially his family and friends. He was thankful for those who were a part of his walk; his family now says, "Wliwni" (thank you). He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Katherine and Roger Wade of Mt. Holly; his father and stepmother, Harry and Marie Provencher of Bridport; his children, Sara Phillips and her husband, Aaron, of Addison, Benjamin Provencher and his wife, Kathryn Mani-Kui, of Maryland; two grandchildren; Hannah, Matthew, Joel and Seth and their mother, Barbara Provencher of Vergennes, and Joseph and his mother, Myra Timmins of Burlington; two brothers, Monte Provencher of Rochester, and Louis Randall Provencher of Panton; his partner, Carole Murphy of Hardwick; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters, Scott Provencher, Roxanne Provencher-Bannister and Holly Provencher-Ashley. A Native American service was held on Thursday at the base of Snake Mountain. Those who wish to make contributions may send them to: Farm and Wilderness Camps, HCR 70, Box 27, Plymouth, Vt. 05056.

John Close
BRANDON - John Winston Close, a gentleman and scholar of history who lived in Brandon and Fort Myers, Fla., died Monday evening, Nov. 20, 2000, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. He was a retired sales executive. He is survived by his wife, Frances Brown Close; his daughters, Patricia Thomas of Fort Myers, Fla., Margaret Ellen Seng of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ellen Marie Bond of San Francisco, Calif., and Nancy Brown Bunting of Brandon; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Evelyn Close of Fort Myers, Fla., and Linda Brown Adams of Burlington. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, Fla. 33908.

Carolyn Tudhope LAKE WALES, Fla. - Carolyn R. "Rissie" Tudhope, 89, of Lake Wales and formerly of Bristol, Vt., died on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, in Lake Wales. She was born Dec. 22, 1911, in Bristol, Vt., where she lived for many years. She moved to Fedhaven, Fla., eight years ago from Burlington, Vt. She was a retired registered nurse and a graduate of the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington, Vt. She was married to John T. Tudhope, who predeceased her. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Indian Lake United Methodist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn "Sis" Kenney and her husband, Roger, of Lake Wales; two sons, Jack Tudhope and his wife, Wanda, of Palmetto, and George Tudhope and his wife, JoAn, of South Hero, Vt.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Julia Page of Simpsonville, S.C. A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Lake Wales. A committal service will be held at a later date in Hyde Cemetery in North Hero, Vt. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, Fla. 33823-3229.

Mary Lavoie
BRISTOL - Mary Spaulding Lavoie, 84, died peacefully, Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She was born in Roxbury, on July 10, 1916, a daughter of Earl and Lenora (Fitzpatrick) Spaulding. She attended Spaulding High School in Barre and spent summers waitressing at her Aunt Annie's restaurant in Bristol, where she met Eugene J. Lavoie. They married in 1939. He predeceased her in 1999. She devoted her life to raising nine children. She enjoyed being with people and always had a kind word for everyone. As a young wife and mother, she began to paint. She took lessons from noted artist Martha Bosworth and became an excellent landscape artist. She never missed an opportunity to join her friends and family at local ski areas for runs down the most challenging slopes. She loved Vermont and the natural beauty of the place state. One of her greatest pleasures was driving her car and the feeling of freedom her travels gave her. She loved the water and spent many fair summer days with her children and their friends at Lake Dunmore, Bristol Pond, and especially Bartlett Falls. In later years, she could be found in the summer at the New Haven River sitting on the large flat rock overlooking Circle Current. She lived in West Palm Beach, Fla., for many years and grew attached to the ocean. She also loved playing cards, playing the lottery, and socializing at the Squirrel's Nest and the Main Street Diner. Everyone knew her as "Mummy" and expected her arrival each day. She loved music and was a talented dancer who would dance every chance she had; even in later years she would keep time to music when it played. She worked in the food industry for many years; she was employed by the Holiday Inn in Burlington as a chef and at the Dog Team Tavern in Middlebury as a waitress. She was chef and manager of the Brandon Country Club and of the Barre Country Club for many years while her husband was golf pro. She ran for state representative from Monkton in 1960. She was also a member of the Bristol American Legion Post 19 Auxiliary. She is survived by eight children, Sandra Menard and her husband, Edward, of Salisbury, N.C., Michael and his companion, Dottie Hutchins, of Presque Isle, Maine, Sally Dwire of New Haven, Susan Lavoie-Bruhn of Boulder, Colo., Simone Lavoie of Duncan, B.C., Mark Lavoie and his wife, Nancy, of Monkton, Sharon Lavoie of New Haven, and Jeanne Lavoie of Bristol; 12 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and several cousins. Her son John predeceased her in 1989. A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Contributions may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, Bristol 05443.

Paul Gale
Clark, N.J. - Paul Howard Gale, 76, of Clark, N.J., died in December at home. Born in Salisbury, Vt., he was a son of Howard and Grace (Johnson) Gale. He lived in Rahway, N.J., before moving to Clark in 1957. He was employed by Merck and Co. in Rahway for 41 years as a chemist, before retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Merck and Co. Quarter Century Club. He was a graduate of Middlebury College with a master's degree in chemistry. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rahway. where he served as a deacon and elder. He also taught Sunday School. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Penman Gale; two daughters, Susan Fitchett of Milford and Janice York of Dayton; a brother, Donald Gale of Winter Haven, Fla.; and a sister, Gwen Groop of Park Ridge. Also surviving are three granddaughters.

Curtis Dutton
LEICESTER - Curtis Archie Dutton, 47, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at his home in Leicester. He was born in Proctor on March 6, 1953. He was the son of Archie William and Dorothy (Johnson) Dutton. He received his early education in local Leicester schools and had attended Otter Valley Union High School. Following school he had worked at Vaillancourt Tree and Landscaping Service for several years. He later worked as a mechanic for Rutland Auto for eight years. He had been employed at Brandon Auto since 1980 and had been the sales manager for Brandon Auto South for the past two years. He was a social member of The Brandon American Legion Post 55 and had assisted on many club projects and functions. He was an avid hunter & fisherman. He enjoyed stock car racing and had worked on the pit crew at Devils Bowl for Donald Clark. He loved springtime and planting his garden. Surviving are his wife Diane LaDuc Dutton of Leicester, whom he married Oct. 3, 1998, in Leicester; his mother, Dorothy M. Dutton of Leicester; a daughter, Jessica Marie Dutton of Leicester; a grandson; a stepson, Dana J. Drown of Middlebury; a stepdaughter, Karen Taylor of Middlebury; three brothers, Ron G. Dutton, Richard W. Dutton and William E. Dutton, all of Leicester; three sisters, Cookie M. Blake of Leicester, Florence "Tossie" Hemingway of Spirit Lake, Idaho and Laurie A. Ellis of Salisbury; five step-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Paul Jackson, pastor of Hydeville Baptist Church will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot, at Brookside Cemetery in Leicester. Following the funeral service the family will receive friends at the Brandon American Legion Post 55 for a time of fellowship and reflection. Memorial gifts may be made, to The Curtis A. Dutton, Memorial Fund, c/o Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St. Brandon, Vt. 05733.

Erford Huestis
BRIDPORT - Erford W. Huestis, 80, died Monday evening, Jan. 29, 2001, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born June 9, 1920, in Bridport, a son of Charles and Eula (Carpenter) Huestis, and received his education in Bridport schools. He spent his life working on the family farm, and was co-owner and operator until he retired from active farming due to health reasons. He was a lifelong bachelor, and remained living with his brother Ernest on the family farm. He enjoyed reading, and was a fan of music, especially country and western. He liked to keep busy, and was often taking photographs. He is survived by his brother, Ernest, of Bridport; his sisters, Eula Pedro of Middlebury; Evie L'Hereux of Iron River, Wisc.; and Hila Giard and her husband, Robert, of Bridport; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at Sanderson Funeral Chapel, 117 South Main Street in Middlebury. Memorial donations may be made to Elderly Services Inc, Project Independence, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.

Bruce St. Cyr
FERRISBURGH -Bruce Allen St. Cyr, 61, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. He was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Leominster, Mass., the son of Harry and Veronica Comerford. Bruce is survived by his companion, Nellie Humiston of Ferrisburgh; his three sons and their spouses, Scott and Rika St. Cyr of Japan, Chet and Laurie St. Cyr of Vergennes, and Harry St. Cyr of Bridport; five grandchildren; and six sisters. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Vergennes. Interment will be at a later date.

Margaret Cole
MIDDLEBURY - Margaret Cole, 92, died Jan. 26, 2001, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.

Wayland Freeman
WALTHAM - Wayland Freeman, 94, of Waltham died on Jan. 28, 2001. He was born Aug. 26, 1906, in the Dowsville area of South Duxbury, the son of Homer Freeman and Jenny Haskins Freeman. On May 11, 1943, he married Nellie Godfrey in Waterbury. They lived most of their married life in Warren, before moving to Waterbury. They had made their home in Waltham for the past 18 years. He attended schools in Duxbury and Waitsfield. He lived and worked on area farms, being especially fond of the Gaylord farm and that of Ed and Emma Prentice. He logged in the winters, staying in the log camps for months at a time. He served in the Army during World War II; he was discharged after being injured in Oklahoma. Returning to the valley, he worked for many years for Henry Brooks in his mills in Warren and delivered bowling pins made at the mill to Boston. He also spent many years working for the state Highway Department on the road crew maintaining Routes 100 and 17. He was an avid fisherman, always sharing the catch with the neighbors. His gardens were admired by all and, along with the fish, the vegetables were part of dinners enjoyed by many. He had a love for cutting firewood, and his woodpiles could be seen on the woodland edges of the property where he lived. His main love was that of family, teaching and sharing stories of how things used to be. Surviving him are his wife of 57 years, Nellie; three children, Meridan Freeman and his wife, Linda, of Fountain, Fla., Geraldine Sweeter and her husband, Keith, of Warren and Pauline Hodges and her husband, Roland, of Dade City, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Peg Tucker of Northfield; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Mildred Boyce and Joyce Smith. Memorial services will be held at the Warren United Church on Saturday Feb. 3, 2001, at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes Vt., or to the Warren United Church, Warren, Vt.

Lester Butterfield
LYNDONVILLE - Lester "Buddy" Butterfield, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Pine Rehabilitation Center in Lyndonville. Arrangements are pending at Sanderson Funeral Service in Middlebury.


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