Anna Mae Hatch
West Ferrisburgh - Anna Mae Hatch, 80, died Nov. 27, 2002, at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a brief illness.
She was born July 29, 1922, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Patrick and Stella (Baker) Coyle. She graduated from Vergennes High School, class of 1938, and received her RN from Rutland Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1943.
She married Gerald W. Hatch in September 1944.
She began her nursing career at Porter Hospital in Middlebury in 1943, where she was the supervisor of obstetrics. She remained there until 1962.
She was then employed by the state of Vermont from 1962 through 1987. Her positions included a charge nurse at the Weeks School in Vergennes for 17 years, and, after the closure of the facility, she accepted a position surveying nursing homes throughout the state.
Her personal interests and organizational involvement included extensive travel after her retirement, volunteering for the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, RSVP Advisory Council member, Vermont Department of Aging and Disability board and involvement at the state level with UVM Extension Homemakers, St. Anne's Society, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She will be remembered for her tireless dedication to family, friends and neighbors.
Survivors include four sons and their wives, Albert and Linda White of Panton, Gerald (Bill) and Christine of Brandon, Patrick and Susan of West Ferrisburgh, and James (Michael) and Susan of West Ferrisburgh; a daughter-in-law, Daryl Hatch of Panton; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grand children.
She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Gerald W. Hatch Sr., and by her son, Giles (Peter) Hatch.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes, VT 05491, or American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Michael Wrisley Tucker
North Ferrisburgh - Michael Wrisley Tucker, 52, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at Vermont Respite House in Williston.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1950, in Middlebury, the son of Foster J. and Edna (Wrisley) Tucker Sr.
He attended schools in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by three children, Gina Marie Morrissey of Middlebury, Mandy LeBeau of North Ferrisburgh and Michael Scott Tucker of Vergennes; his companion, Sherry Mumley of Burlington; his mother, Edna Wrisley Tucker Ball of Monkton; his stepfather, Winston J. Ball of Monkton; three brothers, Foster J. Tucker Jr. and his wife, Pam, of Vergennes, Stephen C. Tucker and his wife, Dianne, of Vergennes, and Gregory P. Tucker and his companion, Robin Wagner, of Burlington; three sisters, Lee Phelan and her husband, Dick, of Ferrisburgh, Suzanne Bushey and her husband, Michael, of Monkton, and Kimberly Ann Curtis and her husband, Tim, of Monkton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Foster J. Tucker Sr., and brother, Scott T. Tucker.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in North Ferrisburgh Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Donald E. Sargent Sr., 64
VERGENNES - Donald E. Sargent Sr., 64, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at his home in Vergennes, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 26, 1938, in Weybridge, the son of Leslie and Mae (Lamott) Sargent. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and Bristol High School. In 1956 he joined the U.S. Army, serving at Camp Drum.
He worked as a logger in his younger years, then at Rutland Tree Service, and later became a self-employed carpenter. He loved people, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid pool player and golfer.
He is survived by a son, Donald Sargent Jr., and his wife, Lisa, of Lincoln; two daughters, Donna Gero and her husband, John, of Bristol, and Patsy Munson and her husband, Scott, of Weybridge; four granddaughters and one step-grandson; three sisters, Barbara Martell of New Haven, Viola Emmons of Bristol; and Saundria Jimmo of Lincoln; three brothers, Ted Sargent of Shoreham, Leslie Sargent of Georgia; and Stanley Sargent of Lincoln; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles; and his companion, Sharon, of Vergennes.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amanda New; two sisters, Nancy Ash and Patsy; and four brothers, Charlie, Eugene, Raymond and Jimmy.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be at a later date. There will be no public calling hours.
Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, New England Division, 150 Kennedy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Kathy Higgins of Ripton
RIPTON - Kathy Higgins of Ripton died on Feb. 1, 2003. She was born on June 10, 1956, and was raised in Weymouth, Mass. She lived and prospered in Ripton; a kind, gentle woman whose fun-loving brilliance was only outshined by her smile. Kathy touched many hearts from Baytown, Texas, to Sebago, Maine, and Wareham, Mass., to Vermont.
Kathy "Katie" Higgins lived her dream of being a mother and wife to her three children, Adam, Sara and Sean and her husband, Ed. Katie graduated from Forsythe Dental School in Boston in 1975 and worked for 22 years as a dental hygienist. She never spent a minute in idleness. Katie found her place in the sun on a hillside in Ripton, where she was an avid gardener and quilter.
A gathering of friends and family will be held on Feb. 8, 2003, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ripton Community House on Route 125, Ripton, Vt.
Please join the family for food, music and sharing memories. Bring your favorite photographs of moments with Katie.
WHITING - Nancy Snow Kurrelmeyer, of Whiting, Vermont, died unexpectedly at home Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the age of 40. She was born in Burlington, Vt., on Aug. 31, 1962, the daughter of Louis H. Kurrelmeyer and Phyllis A. Damon.
She attended The Brearley School in New York City, and graduated from Rice Memorial High School in Burlington, Vt. She was a graduate of the University of Vermont, BS in Mathematics, and of Ohio State University, MS in Mathematics.
Nancy worked as a scientist, mathematician, economist and as a technical and business analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and a variety of Fortune 100 corporations including Exxon, ADP and Schering-Plough.
After leaving Schering-Plough Nancy worked as a Senior Technical Consultant in the bio/pharmaceutical industry with a variety of distinguished organizations where she was responsible for many successful projects. She was an accomplished technologist, system implementer and instructor. Nancy had a unique gift of making people feel at ease and comfortable and for presenting complex technical matter in a refreshing and logical light. Her commitment as a teacher was always to focus on the success of the individual. Her clients valued her technical experience and skills as well as her gentle manner. Nancy gave her time and talents to the DIA (Drug Information Association) as a tutorial instructor and conference contributor. She will be sorely missed within her professional community.
Nancy was a member of the UVM and Rice Memorial High School golf teams, and was, for many years, a member of Kwiniaska Golf Club in Shelburne, Vt.
Nancy was a writer of poetry and is the author of five yet-to-be published spy novels, writing under the name of L. J. Hayner.
Nancy had a life-long passion for camping and hiking, especially in the White Mountains of N.H., and was moving forward with plans to build a self-sufficient house - "off the grid" - in Guildhall, Vt., on her land which faced her beloved Presidential peaks.
Nancy shared her love of mathematics by teaching and mentoring students of all ages.
Nancy is survived by her grandmother, Laura Damon of Burlington, Vt.; her mother, Phyllis A. Damon of New York City; her stepmother, Martina K. Kurrelmeyer of Shelburne, Vt.; a sister, Ellen L. Kurrelmeyer, and her husband, John S. Travis of Whiting, Vt.; a brother, Louis H. Kurrelmeyer Jr., and his wife, Kelley, of Brewster, N.Y.; and by her niece and nephew, Amy Kurrelmeyer of Brewster, N.Y., and William Kurrelmeyer of Forrest City, Ark.
Visiting hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Sanderson Funeral Home, 115 South Main St. in Middlebury, Vt., with a memorial service following immediately. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date, at the discretion of the family, in Guildhall, Vt.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nancy's memory to: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, through your local chapter of the American Cancer Society; Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108; Shoreham First Response; or Brandon Area Rescue Squad.
Shoreham - Elsie Rice, 78, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, in Orwell. She was born on April 26, 1924, in Shoreham, daughter of Arthur and Beatrice (Spaulding) Brileya. She was a lifelong resident of Shoreham.
In 1944, she married Harley Rice. She was a seamstress at the Van Raalte Co. for 28 years. Afterward, she worked at Shoreham Co-op for over 20 years. She loved bingo, reading, gardening, and sledding. Family members recall that she was a great cook, and loved her owl collection.
She was a member of the Shoreham Congregational Church.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harley; three daughters, Roberta Clark of Lincoln, Beatrice Lane of East Middlebury, and Rani Fallon of Whiting; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her brother, Arnold "Stub" Brileya of Shoreham; a sister, Thelma Christian of Orwell; and her caregivers, Fred and Barbara Russell of Orwell.
She was predeceased by two sons, Mark and Harold; a grandson, Christopher Clark; a son-in-law, Daniel Clark; and two sisters, Ruth Rice and Lucille Bigelow.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Shoreham Congregational Church. Committal services will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Shoreham at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shorebam First Response, Box 11, Shoreham, VT 05770, or Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Sarah Madeline Sabukewicz, 87
MIDDLEBURY - Sarah Madeline Sabukewicz, 87, died peacefully at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury on Jan. 31, 2003, with members of her family at her side.
She was born in Narragansett, R.I., on Oct. 8, 1915, the daughter of John Andrew Mulligan and Sarah (Morrison) Mulligan. As a young woman, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she met Charles John Sabukewicz of Wilmington, Del., and married him in 1936. Returning to Narragansett in 1938, she and her husband raised three children.
Following the death of her husband in 1957, she had several employments; the last and longest was at the University of Rhode Island Health Center, from which she retired in 1980. In 2001, she moved to Middlebury to be near her son and daughter-in-law.
Her interests included knitting, doing jigsaw puzzles, walking along the seawall in Narragansett, and travelling, enjoying trips to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Montreal and California. Family members recalled that her family, her many friendships, and her religious faith were of primary concern to her. She enjoyed her stay at Helen Porter where her smile and a wave of her hand endeared her to all.
She is survived by her son, Charles Sabukewicz and his wife, Helen Marsh, of Middlebury; two daughters, Catherine Caswell of Wrightsville, Pa., and Joan Teixeira of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as five nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, John "Buzzy" Mulligan.
A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Church, Middlebury, on Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. Later in the year, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Narragansett, R.I., at the Church of St. Thomas More, where she was a communicant for many years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.
Francis Joseph Miller, 95
Windsor, Conn. - Lt. Francis Joseph Miller, USN, Ret., age 95, of Windsor, Conn., died on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, surrounded by family members, at Kimberly Hall North in Windsor.
He was the husband of the late Julia (McNerney) Miller.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1902, in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Harry Miller and Mary Hamilton Miller.
He was on active duty with the United States Navy for 22 years. He served in the Second Nicaraguan Campaign and was on the staff of the Fighter Director School (CIC) at North Island, San Diego, and also the staff of the Pacific Fleet Schools. He retired from the Navy in 1949.
He then joined the federal civil service, working at the Naval Supply Depot and the Naval Communications Center in Newport, R.I. He retired after 22 years, in 1971.
He was a member of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) Association, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National AARP and The Retired Officers Association.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Brian Haney of Windsor, Conn.; three grandchildren, Tara Swift of Windsor, Conn., Karen Danyow of New Haven, Vt., and Steven Haney of Vergennes, Vt.; three great-grandsons; a sister, Mary Miller Stabell, and a brother, Edward Miller, both of Norwalk; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Joseph Miller, James Miller, John Miller, and William Miller, and two sisters, Alice Wilmot and Helen Miller.
A funeral was held on Saturday at St. Lucy's Church in Middletown.
Gordon R. Osborn:, 87
EAST SHOREHAM - Gordon Richmond Osborn, 87, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill.
He was born in Richford on Nov. 20, 1915, the son of Raymond Marden and Maud (Bissell) Osborn.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in India and Burma.
He was a director of food services for ARA Services in Kankakee, Ill. He had been a resident of Herrin, Ill., for many years, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Herrin.
He is survived by his wife, Mary "Lance" Osborn of Marion, Ill., whom he married on Dec. 26, 1946, in Vergennes; two sons, Jim Osborn of Carterville, Ill., and Randy Osborn of Carbondale, Ill.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in the family lot at East Shoreham Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Camp Little Giant, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, P.O. Box 429, Herrin, IL 62948, in support of people with disabilities.
Henry P. Clook, 83
LANTANA, Fla. - Henry P. Clook, 83, died March 25, 2003, at his home.
He was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Hancock, Vt., the son of Percival and Hallie (Marsh) Clook. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He worked in Vermont and at Middlebury College until he retired.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Bruce) Clook of Lantana.; two daughters, Teri Lucara of Brandon, Vt., and Gail Clook of Smartsville, Calif.; a son, Dennis Clook of Brandon, Vt.; two sisters, Phyllis Kirby of Rochester, Vt., and Winona Howe of Randolph; Vt., six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by an infant son; a daughter, Lori Foster; a sister, Caroline Clook; and a brother, Marsh Clook.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Rochester, Vt.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.
SUDBURY - Florence "Flossie" Tatro, 70, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Wallingford on March 19, 1933, the daughter of William and Ethel (Fox) Keyes. She received her early education in local Wallingford schools. On Jan. 19, 1952, she married Wilfred "Bill" Niles in Rutland. She had been a resident of Sudbury since moving there from Brandon in 1974.
She was a member of the Champlain Valley Fiddlers. She had worked as a volunteer at Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. She lived a short while in Burlington where she had gave her time as a Foster Grandparent. She had also volunteered for Officer Friendly in Burlington, where she enjoyed assisting at the Halloween party. Family members recalled that she had a helping hand for anyone who knew her. She loved country music and enjoyed working her flower gardens.
Surviving are her husband, Bill Niles of Sudbury; three daughters, Dale Niles of Burlington, Mary Orris of Steelton, Pa., and Ginger Palmer of Mt. Holly; one son, Henry Brown of Nashville, Tenn., two brothers, William Keyes of Wallingford and Gordon Keyes of Waterbury; a sister, Beverly Day of Wallingford; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held Monday in Brandon. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Florence "Flossie" Tatro Memorial Fund, c/o Miller & Ketcham, 26 Franklin St. Brandon, VT 05733.
Carmen M. Roberts
Vergennes - Carmen M. Roberts, 71, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Jessie Lillian Belair
Vergennes - Jessie Lillian Belair, 95, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.
She was born on September 18, 1907, in Potton, Quebec, the daughter of John and Minnie (Hubbard) Elliott.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes.
She is survived by a son, Garfield S. Belair, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Burlington; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Exidoir, in 1972, and a son, Clayton, in 1994.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday at St. Peter's, with interment in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Jules V Peteani:
FAIR HAVEN - Jules Edward Peteani, 77, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb. 18, 1926. He was the son of Frank and Josephine (Cigar) Peteani. He received his education in Philadelphia and New York City schools.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the Western Pacific Theater. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to Philadelphia.
He spent his life in the building and home remodeling business. He owned and operated his own contracting business in Glassboro, N.J., for many years. He also served his community as a member of the Glassboro police department.
He moved to Fair Haven in 1972 and continued his remodeling work. He was particularly proud of his work for The Red Clover Inn in Mendon. Although he retired in the mid-1980s, he continued to work, building quality home furniture, and doing remodeling for certain old friends and special customers. He enjoyed refinishing antiques.
He is survived by his companion, Joan Curtis, with whom he has shared a home for 20 years; three sons, Mark Peteani of Brooklawn, N.J., Victor Peteani of East Greenbush, N.Y. and Jules Peteani Jr. of Rutland; a daughter, Pam Gordon of Thorofare, N.J.; a half-sister, Marge Spain of Grenloch, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Sandifer of Monroeville, N.J., and a stepson, Steve Rawlings of Rutland; eight grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a stepson, Mark Rawlings.
A memorial service was held Thursday in Fair Haven.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Fair Haven Volunteer Rescue Squad, 17 Prospect St., Fair Haven, VT 05743.
Virginia Mulligan, 77
Vergennes - Virginia Mulligan, 77, died March 31, 2003, at her home in Vergennes, after a short illness, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 19, 1925, the daughter of James Leslie and Janet Murray Finch.
She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She received her master's in secondary education from Hofstra University, and an MBA degree from Dowling College.
She married Philip F. Mulligan on Sept. 6, 1948. He predeceased her on April 6, 1981. They lived overseas for 21 years, raising their family in Brazil, Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Venezuela, Haiti, as well as in Florida and New York. Wherever they landed, she taught her children how to reach out to strangers and quickly turn them into friends. Upon Mr. Mulligan's retirement, they settled in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, where she taught school in Sachem North for 22 years, retiring in 1989.
Family members remember her love of architecture and design, and her file cabinet full of house plans, blueprints and pictures. She was finally able to fulfill her dream of building her "perfect house" in 2002. Her little house in Vergennes was completed a year ago, and she spent the last year planning its furnishings and landscaping.
She also enjoyed knitting - the babies who wore her "newborn sweater" number in the thousands; her gadgets - she was the first to have a Commodore 64 computer, a microwave oven, and a VCR; her love of bridge, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and cats, including her cat Esmerelda; her stock market savvy and her hatred of French toast.
She was treasurer of the Teachers' Federal Credit Union Board of Trustees, volunteered for many years at the St. Ann's thrift shop, and was past president of the Retired Educators, Sachem Chapter.
She is survived by her brother, Leslie Finch, and his wife, Gail; her four children and their spouses, Pat Schreier and husband, Al, Joan Carson and her partner, Laurie Wattles, John Philip Mulligan and his wife, Elise Murphy Mulligan, and Janet Mulligan and her husband, Danny Bello; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m., at St. Ann Episcopal Church in Sayville, N.Y. Friends may call at McManus-Lorey Funeral Home in Medford, Long Island, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or the Vergennes Methodist Church, Main and East Streets, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Lorraine Ruth Wyman, 92, formerly of Starksboro
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Lorraine Ruth Wyman of Chestertown, Md., died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. She was 92.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., on May 16, 1911, she was the daughter of Joseph Henry and Rose Boehler Lynde. She married Abel John Wyman of Driftrock Farm in Starksboro, Vt. They lived in Starksboro for several years, and also summered there after moving to Florida. They moved to Chestertown in 1972. Mr. Wyman died in 1987.
Mrs. Wyman was active as a volunteer with the Nearly New Shop of the Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed collecting antiques.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Fred Wyman of Chestertown, Md., and John Wyman of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, James Lynn, of Cape Coral, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Thursday at Green Mountain Cemetery in Starksboro, Vt. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nearly New Shop of Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, 100 Brown St., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Max H. Flowers, Shakespearean director
BRISTOL - Max H. Flowers, 94, died peacefully at his home in Bristol on May 23, surrounded by family.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1908, in Bondville, Ill., the son of Jacob and Mabel Flowers. After attending public schools in Champagne-Urbana, he earned a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Illinois in 1931. It was while at the University of Illinois that he developed a passion for the theater, acting in several plays with the university's drama department.
Hoping to forge a career in the theater, he enrolled in the Yale Drama School, earning a master of fine arts degree in 1937.
While a career on Broadway wasn't in the cards, he developed a keen interest in directing stage productions, which he did at both the high school and professional levels. It was while serving as managing director and teacher at the Adams Memorial Theatre at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., from 1937 to 1947, that he became friends with Nobel Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis, who often attended performances while living at nearby Thorvale Farm.
Lewis provided lodging at his guest cottage for Mr. Flowers' wife and son for part of the four years that Mr. Flowers served as theatrical advisor in the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. During the war, he worked in the Pacific Theater of operations, helping to stage shows for the troops.
Upon his return, he embarked on a long teaching career, first as managing director of the Berkshire Playhouse Drama School's summer theater program in Stockbridge, Mass., in 1947 and 1948. He then taught drama and English, primarily in Champagne-Urbana public schools. He retired from teaching in 1970, when he moved to North Bridgton, Maine.
He was a keen Shakespeare scholar, and jumped at every opportunity to see stagings of the Bard's plays. He authored his own stage adaptation of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida." It's a play which Flowers believed, to his dying day, that Shakespeare had written as satire, rather than as a tragedy.
He moved in with his grandson John, and his family, in Bristol, in 2001.
He was predeceased by his wife, Josephine, in 1992, and by a son, Jonathan, in 1993. He was also predeceased by a brother, Jay C. Flowers.
He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Harshbarger, of Bondville, Ill.; two grandsons and their wives, John and Dottie Flowers of Bristol, and Bill and Jessie Flowers of Gary, Ind.; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 27, in Bridgton, Maine.
Gifts in his memory may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt., 05753.
Theodore Chester Williams
Bristol - Theodore Chester Williams, 74, died Wednesday at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1928, in Starksboro, the son of Chester and Ruth (LaFayette) Williams. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and Korea War. He was a pilot for Joe Rock for several years, and a member of the Bristol American Legion Post 19.
Friends recalled his infectious laughter while watching the television series "M.A.S.H.," and his outstanding quality of forgiveness.
He is survived by a daughter, Jean Bristol of Burlington; two grandchildren; two brothers, Allan Williams of Ferrisburgh and David Williams of Bristol; two sisters, Mary Levarn of Lincoln and Bertha May Dolan of Brandon; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.
Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Rescue Squad, Bristol 05443.
Lawrence Alexander Aunchman
BURLINGTON - Lawrence A. Aunchman, 82, of Burlington, died on June 12, 2003, at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
He was born in Middlebury on April 8, 1921, the son of Alexander and Esther (Hendricks) Aunchman. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1946 he married Theresa Dumas.
In 1947 he graduated from Champlain College with a degree in business administration. He managed Valade's Restaurant in Burlington for 23 years. He then managed Dowlings Inc. in St. Albans, retiring as vice president. He continued working at Ben Franklin in South Burlington.
Active in community affairs, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1956. He was also a member of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Burlington Restaurant Association. He was also active in other areas, from conservation to teaching skiing to underprivileged children. He had a passion for the outdoors and spent much of his free time hunting, fishing, gardening, and working on his camp. He passed on his love of the outdoors and animals to his three daughters.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Dumas of Burlington; his daughters, Linda Clapper and her husband, David, of Burlington, Laurie Aunchman and her husband, Scott Danzig, of Richmond, and Lisa Aunchman-Johnston and her husband, Bill, of Underhill; five grandchildren; a sister, Mary Shaw of Winooski; a brother, Walter Aunchman of Punta Gorda, Fla., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Agnes Dumas, and three brothers, Clarence, Arthur, and Kenneth Aunchman.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, with interment in New Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 South Main St. Building 10 South, Waterbury, VT 05671; the Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403; or to the charity of your choice.
Thomas Leo Corcoran
Waltham - Thomas Leo Corcoran died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2003, at the age of 59. He was born in Montclair, N.J., on Feb. 23, 1944, the son of Leo and Ethel (Fischer) Corcoran.
A native of New Jersey and veteran of the U.S. Navy, he lived for several years in Alaska before moving to Vermont, after marrying Donna (Hunt) Corcoran in 1972. He spent many years working on the family farm before serving the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANWSU) school district as a custodian and a bus driver in various schools for the past 17 years.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Kathleen, Eileen, and Luther; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and James Merrigan Sr.; sister and brother-in-law Eileen and Peter Humphrey; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.
Friends may call at the Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, June 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 20, at the Congregational Church in Vergennes.
Memorial donations may be made to the VUES After-School Program, c/o Vergennes Union Elementary School, 43 East Street, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Harold L. Corts
Lincoln - Harold L. Corts, 62, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
He was born July 8, 1940, in Utica, N.Y., the son of Clarence and Anna (Weller) Corts.
He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1966, and a member of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol. He was employed by the American Morgan Horse Association for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Corts of Lincoln; three children, Dawn Corts and Ben Jellison of New Hampshire, Charles Corts and his wife, Karen, of Bennington, N.H., and Stephanie and Shawn Lathrop of Starksboro; one grandson; Robert and Jane Coleman of Westmoreland, N.Y., whom he considered brother and sister; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at United Church of Lincoln, with interment planned for a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, Attn. Caroline Corts, 1768 West River Rd., Lincoln, VT 05443.
Elaine B. Keinonen
BRANDON - Elaine Blanche Keinonen, 79, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at the home of her daughter in Brandon.
She was born in Goshen on Oct. 4, 1923, the daughter of Leo and Genevieve (Yattaw) Hayes. She received her early education in Goshen schools and attended Vergennes High School.
On Aug. 31, 1940, she married Waldo Keinonen in Forest Dale. They made their home in Bristol, Conn., where they raised their family. She was employed at Sessions Clock Manufacturing Company in Forestville, Conn., for over 22 years. She and her husband retired to Florence in 1972. Mr. Keinonen died in 1990.
She enjoyed fishing and loved cooking, gardening, cross-stitch and RV travel.
She is survived by three daughters, Marie F. Belanger of Springfield, Mass., Barbara A. Scoskie of Barnard and Linda K. Cummings of Brandon, with whom she made her home; one son, Waldo H. Keinonen of Rutland; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Leo Hayes Jr., and four sisters, Blossom Hayes, Genevieve Parker, Marion Hayes and Myrtle Hornbeck.
The funeral service was held Tuesday at The Brandon Congregational Church, with graveside committal service and burial in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Pomainville memorial set
SHOREHAM - The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Juliette Mary Pomainville, 95, who died Feb. 18, 2003, at Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, will be celebrated on Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 11 a.m., at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham.
The Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, will be the celebrant.
The graveside committal service and burial will follow the Mass, in the family lot at St. Genevieve Cemetery
Following the committal service, the family will receive friends at Shoreham Congregational Church hall, for a time of fellowship and reflection.
Donald Sargent Sr. service set
LINCOLN - Graveside services for Donald E. Sargent Sr. will take place at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m.