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Rose Mary Marositz Baker

Rose Mary Marositz Baker died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport on October 7, 2000, surrounded by her loved ones.

Mrs. Baker was born on January 1, 1911, the daughter of Sophia and Joseph Liska in Ohio. She married Stephen A. Marositz from Clifton, New Jersey, on May 12, 1935. He predeceased her in August 1958. Their son Robert John also predeceased her in November 1962 at age 23. In June 1970 she married Cornelius Baker of Nutley, New Jersey. He predeceased her in January 1977.

Mrs. Baker, known to all as Nanny, moved to Troy in December 1984 with her daughter Loret (Marositz) Nicosia, her son-in-law Robert, and grandson Joshua Kane.

Nanny is survived by her son Donald Marositz and his wife, Evelyn, of San Palos, Illinois; by her stepdaughter Carol (Baker) Tuch and her husband, Thomas, of Wallington, New Jersey; by her two brothers and their spouses of New Jersey; by 11 grandchildren; by 13 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Interment was held at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey, on Friday, October 13. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance, in care of Jerry Bouchard, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Local arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Rachel June (Perron) Choquette

Rachel June (Perron) Choquette, 54, of Barton, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, October 10, 2000, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Choquette was born in Barton on June 12, 1946, the youngest daughter of 16 children, to Ernest J. and Maria (Gagnon) Perron.

She graduated from Barton Academy and Graded School. She was employed as a governess for a family in North Haven, Connecticut. She later attended nursing school in Montreal for a year. She then worked at Josephine Baird Children Center in Burlington. She ran a daycare at her home for many years. In 1989 she began work as a teacher's aid at Glover Community School. She enjoyed working with the children, and they loved her.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and all her brothers and sisters. She loved to spend time at her camp on Shadow Lake in Glover, where she enjoyed the many family get-togethers and cookouts. She was a loving and caring mother and memére, who took great pride in her children and grandchildren.

On September 7, 1968, she married Dennis Choquette, her loving and dedicated husband of 32 years, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Michelle Brosseau and her husband, Andre, of Orleans, Kevin Choquette and his wife, Gwen, of Glover, Jason Choquette and his wife, Betsy, of West Glover, and Deveney Choquette of Barton; and by her grandchildren: Seth, Jacob, Olivia, and Maria Brosseau and Addison Choquette. She was looking forward to the birth of her sixth grandchild, Tyler Jason Choquette, due on December 18 to Jason and Betsy. 

She is also survived by her brothers: Marcel Perron of Glover, Leo Perron and his wife, Ruth, of Newport, Louis Perron of Florissent, Missouri, Nelson Perron and his wife, Jinny, of Mesa, Arizona, Eddie Perron and his wife, Carol, of Glover, Walter Perron and his wife, Deanna, of East Haven, Connecticut, and Richard Perron and his wife, Marilyn, of Glover; and by her sisters: Jeanne Yester and her husband, Tom, of Branford, Connecticut, Rita Haag and her husband, Ray, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Martha Alexander and her husband, Wayne, of Glover, Estelle Parmeter of Leominster, Massachusetts, Yolande Chamberlain and her husband, Dale, of St. Johnsbury, and Cecile Davignon and her husband, Ernest, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Maria Perron; by her brothers Alan and Jacques; and by her infant son Michael David.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 14, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Pat Forman officiating. Interment followed at Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Choquette's memory can be made to Norris Cotton Cancer Research, care of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Gardner

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Gardner, 76, of Oldsmar, Florida, died in Oldsmar on Thursday, October 12, 2000.

Mrs. Gardner was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on August 2, 1924, the daughter of John and Maria (Newslands) Smith. She formerly lived in Newport and moved to Connecticut in 1979 to live with her sister. She then moved to Florida in 1992. She loved to travel and do craft work. On June 30, 1944, she married Malcolm Gardner, who predeceased her in August 1976.

She is survived by her children: Diane Lanoue and her husband, Fernand, of Newport Center, Joyce Hodgeman and her husband, Duane, of Jericho, Cheryl Smith and her husband, Robert, of Westfield, Karen McIver and her husband, Jon, of Lathrop, California, and Douglas Gardner and his wife, Terri, of Irasburg; by his grandchildren: Lisa Vrotacoe, Todd Willey, Ethan Lanoue, Christopher Hodgeman, Gregory Hodgeman, and Eric Smith; by her brother Richard Smith of Pennsylvania; by her sisters Genevieve Myck of Clearwater, Florida, and Eleanor Saddler of Matamoras, Pennsylvania; and by five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Donald and by her sister Marie.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 17, at Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

William E. Hurst

William E. Hurst, 48, of Morgan, and formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire, died at his home Saturday, October 6, 2000.

Mr. Hurst was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Bernecia (Edgecomb) Hurst Hodgkins of Sutton, New Hampshire, and the late Edwin E. Hurst.

He was a graduate of Tyngsboro High School. He started his police career in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, and went to the Hudson, New Hampshire Police Department in 1977. He retired from the police department in 1997 with the rank of sergeant. Upon his retirement he moved to Morgan, and in 1999 he became a deputy sheriff with the Orleans County Sheriff's Department in Newport. He was a member of the Blue Knights. He enjoyed playing guitar and was an avid outdoorsman and boa ter.

Besides his mother, survivors include a son, William J. Hurst, of Montana; two daughters and sons-in-law, Alicia and John Bourdon and Diana and Bryant Beverlie, all of Hudson; a brother, David Hurst, of Sutton, New Hampshire; three grandchildren: Kaila Bourdon of Hudson, Kinsley Hurst of Montana, and Olivia Beverlie of Hudson; and also a special friend, Diane Grondin, of Morgan.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson on Thursday, October 12. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hudson Police Relief Association, 1 Constitution Drive, Hudson, New Hampshire 03051.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, is in charge of arrangements. Local arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Leodile Robert

Leodile Robert, 96, of Orleans, died in Newport on Monday, October 9, 2000.

Mrs. Robert was born in Kateville, Quebec, the daughter of Fardene and Georgeno (Dubois) Lenglois. She worked most of her life cooking at various restaurants around the area. She was a communicant at St. Theresa's Catholic Church.

On November 6, 1924, she married Paul Robert, who predeceased her on October 23, 1987. She is survived by her children: Lawrence P. Robert and his wife, Beatrice, of Washington, Roland E. Robert and his wife, Andrea, of Newport, Doris L. Bent and her husband, Norman, of Orleans, and Rachel Yeaton and her husband, Dean, of Plymouth, New Hampshire; by her brother Theodore Langlois of Magog, Quebec; by her sisters: Adelle Langlois of Montreal, Quebec, Rejeane Turgeon of Magog, and Maracinne Vien of Magog; by 15 grandchildren; by 17 great-grandchildren, and by nine great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, October 12, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Newport with the Reverend Jim Beauregard officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Robert's memory can be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Incorporated, P.O. Box 485, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.
 

Kenneth Max Chaplin

Kenneth Max Chaplin, 68, of Newport Center died suddenly November 27, 2000, in Newport.

Mr. Chaplin was born on November 2, 1932, the son of Perley and Grace (Smith) Chaplin. He enlisted in the United States Air Force where he did a short tour of duty. He was a chef for most of his life. He retired from the Junction 101 Restaurant in Troy. He enjoyed fishing and playing bingo.

He is survived by his son Brian Chaplin and his wife, Judy, of Troy; by a sister, Pauline Boncek, and her husband, Eddy, of West Charleston; by half-brothers Earl Stewart and his wife, Peggy, of Westfield and Robert Chaplin and his wife, Doris, of Hardwick; by several nieces and nephews; and by a special friend, Robert Santaw, of Newport Center. He was predeceased by his mother, Grace Stewart; by his stepfather Edwin Stewart; and by a half-brother, Ralph Chaplin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 29, with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Troy Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Nelson Elmer Corneau

Nelson Elmer Corneau, 81, of Summerville, Georgia, died on Thursday, November 16, 2000, at Redmon Regional Hospital in Rome, Georgia.

Mr. Corneau was born in Ridge Water, Massachusetts, on February 16, 1919, the son of Alec and Marye (Boyer) Corneau. He retired from the U.S. Army, then was employed as a civil servant.

He is survived by his sisters Alvina Loiselle and Rita Remillard, both of Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann Madge Steadham Corneau; by his brothers: Louis, Charles, Raymond, and Ludger Corneau; and by his sisters Cecile Dostie and Alma Corneau.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 25, at Sacred Heart Church in Stanstead, Quebec. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery in Stanstead.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Alice Rebecca Ryan Heinchon

Alice "Becky" Ryan Heinchon, 81, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, following a long illness.

Mrs. Heinchon was born in Craftsbury Common on January 3, 1919, the daughter of Craig and Myrtie (Pike) Cole. She was a 1938 graduate of Craftsbury Academy. On December 28, 1940, she married James Ryan, who died June 14, 1968. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm in Craftsbury. She married William Heinchon on May 7, 1972. She and Bill lived in Walden a few years before moving back to Craftsbury and operating Hi-Hope Greenhouse.

She will be fondly remembered for her great love of children, flowers, and the simple joys of family life. Her expertise ranged from managing farms to gardening, bread and pie making, sewing, braiding rugs, and above all, keeping a family happy, healthy, and loved.

She leaves her husband, Bill, of Craftsbury; three sons: Marvin Ryan and his wife, Lois, William Ryan and his wife, Carolyn, and Paul Ryan, all of Craftsbury; six daughters: Ann Gilcris and her husband, Larry, of Natural Bridge, New York, Jeanne Locke and her husband, Paul, of Springfield, Nancy Martell of Richmond, Kathleen Ryan of Norwich, Laureen Ryan of North Kingston, Rhode Island, and Anita Caraballo and her husband, Pedro, of North Kingston. She also leaves three stepchildren: Richard Heinchon and his wife, Liz, of Tehachapi, California, Donald Heinchon of Dover Plains, New York, and Jamie Heinchon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; a brother Levi Cole and his wife, Ona, of Craftsbury Common; 14 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Howard Cole; by a stepbrother, Wendell Gage; and by a son-in-law, Alfred Martell.

There will be a private family funeral with interment in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843 or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Incorporated, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

M.R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is in charge of arrangements. 

Warren Carl Hill Sr.

Warren Carl Hill Sr., 92, of Greensboro died peacefully at Woodridge Nursing Home with his family at his side on November 23, 2000.

Mr. Hill was born in Greensboro on May 20, 1908, the son of Alvah and Grace (Towle) Hill of Greensboro. He farmed for many years in the Greensboro area. In the mid-1960s he began doing carpentry work. He was involved in building hospitals and churches in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. He was an avid sugar maker, an occupation he enjoyed from childhood until several years ago. He will be remembered for always keeping snow in the freezer all year long so that he could sugar-off for company in the summer. He was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He was a devoted brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. On October 25, 1932, he married Vena Fuller, who predeceased him on April 21, 1945. On January 1, 1951, he married Barbara Tyler, who predeceased him on July 21, 1976. In recent years he made his home with Warren and Irene Hill in Greensboro Bend.

Survivors include his daughter Thurley Denio of Sterling, Massachusetts, and her children: Debbie and her husband, Herb, Leon and his wife, Lisa, Alison and her husband, Ignasio, and Jason and his wife, Carolyn; his daughter Marjorie Mathewson of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and her children: Tammy and her husband, Paul, Bonnie and her husband, Ken, Crystal, Denise and her husband, Jim, and Sondra; his son Warren and his wife, Irene, and their children Jennifer and Warren III and his wife, Laura; his daughter Kathleen Thompson, her husband, Dan, and their children: Michael, Daniel, Eric, James, and Danielle; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his brother Lewis and his wife, Nancy, of Greensboro.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 27, at United Church of Christ in Greensboro with interment following in Stannard Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843 or Caledonia Home Health Care, Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Arrangements are by des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick. 

Beatrice J. LaBounty

Beatrice J. LaBounty, 83, died Wednesday evening, November 22, 2000, at her home in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mrs. LaBounty was born August 25, 1917, in Adamsville, Quebec, a daughter of Henry and Evelyn (LeDuc) Tremblay. She attended schools in both Canada and Vermont and married Nelson E. LaBounty in 1933 in Barton. They moved to White River Junction and lived there until 1955 when they moved to Albany. In Albany they operated a farm for ten years before returning to White River Junction in 1965. Mr. LaBounty died September 6, 1983. Mrs. LaBounty later moved to Maple Manor in West Lebanon. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church in West Lebanon.

She is survived by two sons, Philip LaBounty of Culpepper, Virginia, and Peter LaBounty of Piermont, New Hampshire; by two daughters, Janet Guillette of West Lebanon and Pauline Chase of Utica, New York; by ten grandchildren; by nine great-grandchildren; by a brother, Theodore Tremblay; by a sister, Adrienne Gauthier, of Wilder; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Maurice, in 1945.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 27, at Holy Redeemer Church in West Lebanon. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Junction.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. LaBounty's memory to Holy Redeemer Church, 44 Maple Street, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784. 

Myrna J. Menzel

Myrna J. Menzel, 72, of Island Pond, beloved wife of Marvin Menzel, died peacefully in Newport on November 26, 2000, following a long illness.

Mrs. Menzel was born on July 26, 1928, in Otisfield, Maine, a daughter of Carl and Phyllis (Reed) Fickett. On May 19, 1990, she married Marvin Menzel who survives her. She was a florist in Connecticut for many years. She enjoyed her flower garden, gambling at Foxwoods Casino, and snowmobiling with friends and family. She held memberships with American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the Ramdon Ladies Club, all of Island Pond.

Besides her husband, Marvin, she is survived by her sons Dean Purinton of Durham, Maine, and George Purinton of New Gloucester, Maine; by her grandchildren: Matthew and Angela Purinton, Krista Purinton Brown, and Trevor Purinton; by a great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Brown; by her sisters: Winona Polland of Otisfield, and Naida Skillin and Theva Stevens, both of New York; by a brother, Carl Fickett, of Auburn, Maine; and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Should friends desire contributions in Mrs. Menzel's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Phyllis Moreau

A memorial service for Phyllis Moreau of Derby will be held at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Derby Line on December 2. A luncheon reception will be held at noon, to be followed by a Memorial Mass at 2 p.m. Mrs. Moreau died on October 5, 2000, in Springfield, Massachusetts. A book on rug hooking has been donated in her memory by Rug Hookers of Newport to Derby Town Library. She was an active member of Derby Homemakers, who have planted a tree in her memory at the library. She was a member of the Ladies Altar Society at St. Edward's, and this group will be planting a memorial tree at the church. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Edward's Church, 250 Main Street, P.O. Box 397, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Alice Lorraine Hodgdon

Alice Lorraine Hodgdon, 66, of Newport, died peacefully December 13, 2000, in Holland surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Hodgdon was born September 28, 1934, in East Charleston, a daughter of Ruby (Maxwell) Flynn and the late Loren Flynn. On June 14, 1958, she married David Hodgdon, who predeceased her in 1996. She attended Pierce Business College in Manchester, New Hampshire. She was Community Circle director for Community National Bank where she was employed for 25 years, retiring in 1994. She enjoyed traveling, gambling, taking cruises, walking, spending time with her grandchildren, bowling, and going on camping trips in her motor home. During her lifetime she held memberships with Community Circle, Retired Bankers Association, After 5 Club, Tops of Derby, and Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston.

She is the beloved mother of Terrance Hodgdon and his fiancée, Tammi Fontaine, of Barton and Linda Burke and her husband, Randy, of Newport; cherished grandmother of Reilly and Reid Burke and Samantha Hodgdon; stepgrandmother of Samantha and Michael Fontaine; dear daughter of Ruby Flynn of Derby Line; dear sister of Sfa Carpenter and her husband, James, of Florida; David Flynn and his wife, Wanda, of Holland; and Diana Emmerson and her husband, Ernie, of Holland. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Maxine Hadlock and her husband, Bruce, of Littleton, New Hampshire; and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 17, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Spring interment will take place in Derby Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hodgdon's memory can be made to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Incorporated, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 or to Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), P.O. Box 558, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Lisa J. Brittain

Lisa J. Brittain, 45, of Troy, died at her home on Friday, December 15, 2000.

Mrs. Brittain was born in Newport on October 28, 1955, the daughter of Jean Paul and Irene (Quintal) Maclure. She and her husband, Matt, owned Rozelle cosmetics in Westfield. She also created her own line of skin care products called Vermont Nanny Bee Skin Care Products. She was part owner of Unique Treasures and Classics in Newport. She loved golfing, collecting antiques and barbie dolls, camping, traveling, and woodworking.

On July 29, 1978, she married Matt Brittain, who survives her. She is also survived by her brother David Maclure and his wife, Anne, of San Antonio, Texas; by her sisters: Shirley Swanson and her husband, Doug, of Orleans, Linda Fullam of Westfield, Lynn Himeon of Westfield, and Sally Maclure of San Antonio, Texas; by her nephews: Ian Maclure, Ty Maclure, Erik Swanson, Scott Swanson, Nathan Couture, Jason Couture, and Dustin Maclure; by her best friend, Diane Renihan, of Lake Park, Florida; and by her longtime friends Casey and Abby, with whom she shared a special bond. She was predeceased by her parents, Jean Paul and Irene Maclure.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, December 18, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy with the Reverend Jerome Mercure officiating. Spring interment will take place at Westfield Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Brittain's memory can be made to the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Gerald Joseph Choquette

Gerald Joseph Choquette, 73, beloved husband of Denise Choquette of Derby Line, died peacefully after a long battle with cancer on December 11, 2000, in Newport.

Mr. Choquette was born on January 6, 1927, in Beebe, Quebec, a son of Lucien and Juillet (Bourque) Choquette. On May 21, 1960, he married Denise Therese Roy, who survives him. He was a linesman for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Newport for five years. For 33 years he was a machinist for Tivoly Tool Company, formerly Butterfield's Union Twist Company in Derby Line, retiring in 1989. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going for walks, reading, and sports. He was a member of the Union Border Lodge.

Besides his wife of 40 years, Denise, of Derby Line, he is survived by his children, Robert Choquette and his wife, Cindy, of Newport News, Virginia, and Linda Lockamy of Hyde Park; by his grandchildren Bobby Choquette and Jessica Lockamy; by the following brothers: Gilles Daman of Quebec, Roger of Beebe, Quebec, Rene of Jamaica, and Armand of Cowansville, Quebec; by a sister, Doris White, of Laconia, New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Choquette's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Helen Ejmanowicz

Helen Ejmanowicz, 84, of Coventry, formerly of Trenton, New Jersey, died in Newport on Sunday, December 17, 2000.

Mrs. Ejmanowicz was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on November 16, 1916, the daughter of John and Anna (Bozick) Michko. She worked as a seamstress at Trenton Sportswear. For the past three years she had been living in Coventry with her son Richard.

She married Frank Ejmanowicz, who predeceased her in 1997. She is survived by her son Richard Ejmanowicz of Coventry, by two nieces, and by one nephew.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Verna H. Fletcher

Verna H. Fletcher, 97, of Glover, died in Glover on Sunday, December 17, 2000.

Mrs. Fletcher was born in Westmore on February 21, 1903, the daughter of Dennis and Liza (Marshall) Fox. She kept house for St. Theresa's Parish for many years. She was first married to Ora Woods, who predeceased her. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 20, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Barton with the Reverend Pat Forman officiating. Spring interment will take place at Brownington Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Fletcher's memory can be made to Union House Activities Fund, Union House Nursing Home, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Raymond W. Griggs

Raymond W. Griggs, 88, of Derby, died in Newport on Sunday, December 10, 2000.

Mr. Griggs was born in Derby on December 19, 1911, the son of Roy and Emma (Robbins) Griggs. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater as captain, receiving the following combat medals: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with four stars and one assault landing, five major campaign medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation. He met his wife, Emily Smith, while on R&R in the service in New Zealand, and they were married on June 23, 1944, in Auckland, New Zealand. He owned and operated a farm in Derby for many years. He loved hunting, fishing, and going to hunting camp. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #22.

He is survived by his wife, Emily; by his children: Alan Griggs and his wife, Bobbie Jo, of Westsuffield, Connecticut, Paul Griggs and his wife, Lori, of Derby, Bob Maple and his wife, Suzie, of Morgan, Judy Wu and her husband, David, of Bakersfield, California, and Kristy Tetreault and her husband, Mark, of Newport; by his sister Alice Thompson and her husband, Roger, of Woodstock; by his special friends: Veronica Griggs and Mickey and Mona Lewis; by eight grandchildren; and by six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Dean and Donald and by his sister Ruth.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 15, at Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Griggs' memory can be made to the Chronicle, attention: Warm the Children, P.O. Box 660, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Brock Garrison Guillette

Brock Garrison Guillette, infant son of Jerry and MaDonna (Kibbee) Guillette of Newport, died suddenly December 16, 2000, in Newport.

Brock became one of God's little angels on this day. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Arianna Guillette; by his paternal grandparents Louis and Gail Guillette of Derby and Wanda Abbott of Newport; by his maternal grandparents, Gary Kibbee of Albany and Terrie Kibbee of Newport; and by many aunts and uncles, cousins, and others who cared.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Duane Eugene Lyon

Duane Eugene Lyon, 66, husband of Candy Lyon of Island Pond, died suddenly December 17, 2000, at his home.

Mr. Lyon was born on October 22, 1934, in Island Pond, a son of Arthur and Eva (Elliot) Lyon. He served in the United States Coast Guard and also the Vermont Army National Guard. On June 23, 1979, he married Kathryn (Candy) Martin who survives him. He was a patrol foreman for the former Canadian National Railroad and later retired from the St. Lawrence Railroad in 1991. He held membership with the American Legion Post #80 of Island Pond, and was a longtime member of the North Country Square Dance Club, Knights of Columbus of Island Pond, and the St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Candy, of Island Pond; he is survived by his children: David Martin and his wife, Christine, of Island Pond and Amber and Adam Lyon of Island Pond; by his two grandchildren, Devon and Nicholas Martin; by three sisters: Marlene Dawson and Lorraine Dubois, both of Island Pond, and Sharon Crowe of Newport; by a brother, Dawson Lyon, of Brattleboro; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Osborne, and by a brother, William Lyon.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 20, at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond with the Reverend James Mattison celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial. Full military honors were held following the funeral service.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Lyon's memory can be made to the American Legion Post #80, P.O. Box 350, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Ralph "Gib" Gibson Perry Jr.

Ralph "Gib" Gibson Perry Jr., 89, of Newport, died in Newport on Thursday, December 14, 2000.

Mr. Perry was born in Jarvisville, West Virginia, on January 29, 1911, the son of Ralph Sr. and Minnie (Hollister) Perry. He worked as a bulldozer operator for Orleans County Soil Conservation for many years. After his retirement he built camps on Norton Lake and enjoyed trapping, hunting, and fishing.

On February 13, 1943, he married Clara Hood, who predeceased him in 1994. He is survived by two nieces and one nephew.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Perry's memory can be made to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Incorporated, 47 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Lucienne Quirion

Lucienne Quirion, 81, of Biddeford, Maine, died December 4, 2000.

Mrs. Quirion was born in Troy, a daughter of Rodolph and Louisa Gravel Robillard, and attended Vermont schools. She worked at Hartford Hospital, retiring in 1981. She had resided in Biddeford for the last 15 years. She was a member of the Biddeford Senior Citizens.

Surviving are two sons, Norman Quirion of South Windsor, Connecticut, and Raymond Quirion of Haskell, Oklahoma; two daughters, Irene Quirion of Levittown, Pennsylvania, and Pauline Quirion of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a sister, Imelda Beaudry of North Troy; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on December 7 at St. Andre’s Church in Maine. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Maine. 

Gladys Vera Smith

Gladys Vera Smith, 98, of Barton, died in Barton on Monday, December 11, 2000.

Mrs. Smith was born in Irasburg on April 26, 1902, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Smith) Green. In 1924 she married Ernest Smith, who predeceased her in 1964. Following her husband's death, she worked in the laundry department at Maple Lane Nursing Home, retiring in 1985.

She is survived by her sons, Virgil Smith and his wife, Charlotte, of Orleans and Kermit Smith and his wife, Gloria, of Newport; by her sisters-in-law Carolyn Smith of Barton and Doreen Smith of Harpersville, New York; by eight grandchildren; by nine great-grandchildren; by three great-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Milton in 1982; by her daughter Erlene Campion in 1998; by her sister Doris; and by her brothers Carroll and Stephen.

A graveside service will take place at Irasburg Cemetery in the spring.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Nancy Hughes Southerland

Nancy Hughes Southerland, 82, of Barton, died peacefully on December 11, 2000, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

Mrs. Southerland was born on June 12, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph Buchanan and Milmo (McMahon) Hughes. Mrs. Southerland graduated from Vassar College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. On March 7, 1942, she married William Saunders Southerland, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her daughter Julie Parks and her husband, Charles, of Thomasville, North Carolina; by her three grandchildren: Charles Michael Parks Jr. of Puerto Rico and Shannon Elizabeth Parks and Timothy James Parks, both of Thomasville; and by her three great-grandchildren: Darcy Michelle Parks and Britney Anne Parks, both of Killeen, Texas, and Cameryn Elizabeth Smith of Thomasville.

A graveside service will be held December 29 with a Catholic chaplain officiating at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Southerland's memory can be made to Maple Lane Activity Fund, P.O. Box 500, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Gardner O. Taylor

The family of Gardner O. Taylor failed to mention that he was predeceased by his youngest sister, Betty Taylor Benjamin, on January 1, 1996. The family apologizes for its oversight 

Norman R. Underwood Jr.

Norman R. Underwood of Hudson, Massachusetts, died November 11, 2000. A prior obituary did not include the list of survivors that follows: 

He leaves a daughter, Sally Daley; and three sons: Dirk A., Kim E., and Jeff C. Underwood, all of Hudson; a sister, Arleen B. Bemis, of Hudson; a brother, Max E. Underwood, of Bedford, Massachusetts; 11 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 
 

Lucille Yevette Marie LaMothe

Lucille Yevette Marie LaMothe, 79, of Newport, died February 4, 2001, in Newport.

Miss LaMothe was born June 13, 1921, in Bromont, Québec, to Omer and Edna (Lagimoniere) LaMothe. When she was ten years old she came to live in Newport with her parents where her father was employed at the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company. She attended and graduated from Sacred Heart Schools. She was an honor student and joined many local activities. She played violin in the orchestra, and she was a good tennis player. After graduation she did secretarial work for an insurance company. At that time her mother became very ill, and her father asked her to stay at home and look after her mother so it would not disrupt the family. After several months her mother had a remission, and during those days she did a few months more of secretarial work. After that she took care of her mother for the next 20 years. After her mother's death she did volunteer work among the elderly until the time of her death.

She is survived by several cousins and by good friends, Daniel DeLaBruere and his wife, Carol Lynn, of Newport and by many other good friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 10, with the Reverend George Paulin and the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau co-celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial. Spring interment will be in the ancestral plot of St. Vincent Cemetery in Bromont, Québec, in the town where she was born.

Should friends desire, contributions in Miss LaMothe's memory may be made to Sacred Heart Schools, Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Floyd Harold Bowen

Floyd Harold Bowen, 81, of West Charleston, beloved husband of Joanne Bowen, died peacefully February 1, 2001, in Newport.

Mr. Bowen was born on December 12, 1919, in Morgan, a son of Edmond and Rena (Barry) Bowen. He was a World War II veteran. Sergeant Bowen served in the United States Army as a machinist. On June 1, 1963, he married Joanne Broome, who survives him. He was a thermal technician for Whitney Chain Company in Hartford, Connecticut, for 25 years. He was a 40-year member of American Legion Post No. 80 of Island Pond. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all sorts of sports.

Besides his wife, Joanne, of West Charleston; he is survived by his son Floyd Harold Bowen Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Peninsula, Ohio, and by his grandchildren: Floyd Harold Bowen III of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Bryant Kevin Bowen of Huffield, Ohio, and Curtis William Bowen of Canton, Ohio; by his seven great-grandchildren; and by two sisters and a brother: Avis Mayall of Derby, Maynard Bowen of Athens, Tennessee, and Pearl Gray and husband, Pete, of Coventry, Connecticut.

Spring graveside services will be held at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston with military honors.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Incorporated. 

Donald G. Douglas

Donald G. Douglas, 85, of North Troy, died suddenly in Newport Center on Tuesday, January 30, 2001.

Mr. Douglas was born in St. Albans on October 17, 1915, the son of George and Maude (Hunt) Douglas. He owned and operated a farm in North Troy with his wife for over 45 years. He enjoyed traveling and being with his family. He particularly enjoyed his grandchildren, and his family strongly feels that he epitomized the word love through the care he provided for his wife. He also enjoyed working in his shop making several different furniture items for his house.

On April 18, 1936, he married Christine Kingsley, who survives him. He is also survived by his sons: Donald and his wife, Dee, of Yorba Linda, California, Bruce and his wife, Donna, of Essex Center, and George and his wife, Maxine, of North Troy; by his brother Robert and his wife, Lillian, of Fairfax; by ten grandchildren; by 18 great-grandchildren; and by one great-great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathy and by his brother Kenneth.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 3, at Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with Mr. Douglas' son George and his grandson-in-law George Lawson officiating. Spring interment will take place at North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Douglas' memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Incorporated, 47 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Bernice B. (Deslandes) Messier

Bernice B. (Deslandes) Messier, 56, of Newport Center, died at her home on Friday, February 2, 2001.

Mrs. Messier was born in West Shefford, Quebec, on September 18, 1944, the daughter of J. Germain and Loretta (Frazer) Deslandes. She worked as a receptionist at North Country Hospital for nine years. She owned Foto Barn in the late 1970s and was also a child-care provider. She loved to dance. She enjoyed being with family members, particularly the children. She enjoyed shopping and various aspects of photography. She made quilts for family members and gave 110 percent to any project she undertook. She had a great green thumb as evidenced by the houseplants and her lovely flower and vegetable gardens. She was a member of Newport Center Home Dem.

On June 2, 1962, she married Richard Messier, who survives her. She is also survived by her sons, Lawrence Messier of Newport Center and Andre Messier and his wife, Kim, of North Troy; by her grandchildren: Jason Messier, Celeste Messier, and Krystal Messier of Newport, Jewell Mason of East Calais, and Darik and Mathew Messier of North Troy; by her brothers: Norbert Deslandes and his wife, Yvette, of Irasburg, Richard Deslandes of Newport Center, Roland Deslandes and his wife, Beatrice, of Newport Center, Lionel Deslandes and his wife, Janice, of Orleans, and Michael Deslandes and his wife, Sandra, of Newport; by her sisters, Lorraine Brasseur and her husband, Richard, of Irasburg, and Denise Corriveau and her husband, Bruno, of Derby Line; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Francis and Marguerite Beaumier, of Coventry; by her uncle Dosithe Deslandes of Granby, Quebec; by her aunt and godmother Beatrice Picotte of Providence, Rhode Island; by her godchild Hallie Rhodes Zoroufy; by 34 nieces and nephews; by 44 grandnieces and grandnephews, and by a great-great-niece. She was predeceased by her parents, J. Germain and Loretta Deslandes; by her sisters, Irene delaBruere and Carmen Kerr; and by a nephew, Paul delaBruere.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 5, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in North Troy with the Reverend George Paulin officiating. Spring interment will take place at Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Messier's memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice Incorporated, 47 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Beverly M. Stevens

Beverly M. Stevens, 70, died Sunday at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction.

Mrs. Stevens was born August 12, 1930, in Barton, a daughter of Leonard and Nellie (Coville). She attended school in Barton and lived for most of her life in St. Johnsbury. She also lived in Lyndonville for a time. She worked for many years as a live-in caregiver to elderly people.

She enjoyed bingo, dancing, and most of all, spending time with her children. She was very thankful for the wonderful care she received during her recent illness from Canterbury Inn, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Brookside Nursing Home.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Mike and Royce Stevens. She leaves two sons, Ricky Dillon of Newport News, Virginia, and Todd Dillon of Woodsville, New Hampshire; a daughter, Tracy McCullock, of York, Pennsylvania; several grandchildren; and two sisters, Glenava Simons of Derby Line and Marion Tonlino of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

A graveside memorial service will take place in the spring in Lyndon Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.

Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction is in charge of arrangements. 

Dorothy Maw Wells

Dorothy Maw Wells died peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2001, after a long struggle with cancer at Willow Knoll Retirement Community in Middletown, Ohio.

She was born in Richmond, Quebec, to Charles and Ada Taylor Maw. She graduated from Brighton High School in Island Pond, then went on to become a registered nurse in Maine. She came back to Island Pond to work for Doctor William McBride prior to going to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a registered nurse in Walter Reed Hospital. Following this she worked as a secretary for the government. After her marriage to William H. Wells she moved to Ohio and became a homemaker. She took great pride in her flower gardens. She loved her dogs as well as feeding birds year-round. She was generous to her neighbors in times of need.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William H. Wells, of Middletown, Ohio; by her sister Muriel Maw O'Gorman of Island Pond; by her husband’s stepmother, Mrs. Thelma Wells, of Nashville, Tennessee; by three sisters-in-law: Gerp Taylor of Daytona Beach, Florida, Yvonne Eltzroth of Corpus Christie, Texas, and Mary Wells of Palmdale, California; and by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Special thanks go to the excellent care and support provided by the hospice workers, doctors, and nurses.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis Street, Middletown, Ohio 45042 or Brighton Rescue Squad of Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Christ Church in Island Pond.

Betty C. Hartman

Betty C. Hartman, 75, of Barton, died in Barton on Monday, March 26, 2001.

Mrs. Hartman was born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on November 13, 1925, the daughter of Lester and Francis (Kennedy) Voss. She was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the mid-1940s. During her lifetime she enjoyed antiquing and owned and operated Second Time Around, a retail store in Pennsylvania that sold antiques. She moved to Barton three years ago to be near her son and was well-loved by everyone at Maple Lane Nursing Home.

On January 13, 1956, she married Robert Hartman, who predeceased her. She is survived by her sons, Brent Shafer and his wife, Barbara, of Orleans and Neil Hartman and his wife, Jacqueline, of Stroudsburg; her grandchildren, Juanita Shafer and Matthew Hartman; by her stepgrandchildren: Aaron Smith, Christopher Smith, and Cory Smith; by her great-granddaughters: Ashley Conley, Kristen Smith, and Erin Michele Smith; by her brother Joseph Voss and his wife, June, of Stroudsburg; by her former daughter-in-law, Carol Davis, of Barton; by her sisters-in-law, Jean Voss of Lufkin, Texas, and Nancy Hartman-Kent of Stroudsburg; and by nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother John.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, at Cherry Valley United Methodist Church in Stroudsburg.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Hartman's memory can be made to the Orleans Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 203, Orleans, Vermont 05860 or to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Incorporated, P.O. Box 485, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Arlene Ruth Page

Arlene Ruth Page, 84, of Newport, died in Newport on Tuesday, March 20, 2001.

Mrs. Page was born in Stanhope, Quebec, on November 23, 1916, the daughter of Alexander and Catherine (Charland) Lyons. She lived in Derby for over 40 years. She was a 30-year member and past district deputy of Eastern Star Newport Lakeside Chapter No. 27. She was also a member of United Church of Derby and the Women's Social Union of United Church.

On March 12, 1950, she married Ira Page, who predeceased her on November 6, 1990. She is survived by her daughters, Sheila Stevens and her husband, Ronald, of Morgan and Judy Page of Derby; by her stepchildren: Leslie Page-Dowhan and her husband, Richard, of Rye, New Hampshire, Reginald Page and his wife, Nancy, of San Francisco, California, and Barbara Page-Edison and her husband, Raymond, of Applegate, California; by her brother Kenneth Lyon of Barre; by seven grandchildren; by seven stepgrandchildren; by several great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, Michael in 1995 and Doug in 1982; and by her brothers: Andrew, Hector, and Cashie.

A funeral service was held on Friday, March 23, at United Church of Derby with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Spring interment will take place at Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Page's memory may be made to Derby United Church, Box 294, Derby, Vermont 05829, or to Eastern Star, care of William Armstrong, P.O. Box 133, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Donna Sue (Nichols) Roberts

Donna Sue (Nichols) Roberts, 62, of Barton, died at her home on Sunday, March 25, 2001.

Mrs. Roberts was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, on January 26, 1939, the daughter of John and Icy (Chaney) Nichols. She served in the U.S. Air Force. One of her favorite pastimes was traveling throughout the countryside of Vermont.

On July 18, 1958, she married Charlie Roberts Sr., in a double ceremony with her twin sister at Andrews Air Force Base. She is survived by her husband, Charlie; by her sons, George Roberts and his wife, Kym, of Council Grove, Kansas, and David Roberts and his wife, Heather, of Huntington; by her grandchildren: Morgan, Paden, and Charles; by her brothers, Billy J. Nichols and his wife, Ruth Ellen, of Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Herby Nichols and his wife, Pauline, of Pikeville; by her sisters, Dorothy A. Stratton and her husband, Dale, of Pikeville; Ruth M. Tibbs and her husband, Glen, of Muskegon, Michigan; and Patricia Carolyn Edwards and her husband, Maurice, of Gadsen, Alabama; by her twin sister, Mary Lou Inman and her husband, Henry, of Muskegon; by her mother-in-law, Ruth Roberts, of Westmore; her brother-in-law John Gnus of Radcliff, Kentucky; and by nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Charles Roberts Jr. in 1995; by her brother John Nichols Jr.; by her sisters, Marie Johnson and Daryl Gnus; and by her parents, John and Icy Nichols.

At her request, no services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Roberts' memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Incorporated, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602, or to the American Diabetes Association of Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Christine M. Royce

Christine M. Royce, 89, of West Charleston, died at her home on Tuesday, March 20, 2001.

Mrs. Royce was born in Hereford, Quebec, on January 1, 1912, the daughter of Samuel and Vera (Rowell) Gray. She was a member of Free Will Baptist Church and derived great pleasure in attending church services and visits with the Reverend and Mrs. Whitehill. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and going out to eat with family members.

She married Eric Royce, who predeceased her in 1977. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Morse of West Charleston and Ellenor Powers and her husband, Richard, of Enosburg Falls; by her brothers, George Gray and his friend, Helen, of Lunenburg and Stanley Gray of East Charleston; by her sister Hattie York and her husband, Rex, of Northumberland, New Hampshire; by six grandchildren; by 15 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and by one sister.

A funeral service was held on Friday, March 23, at Converse-Rushford Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Spring interment will take place at West Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Royce's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Incorporated, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Patricia June Woodard

Patricia June Woodard, 55, of Glover, died in Newport on Monday, March 19, 2001.

Ms. Woodard was born in Newport on October 10, 1945, the daughter of Lawrence and Bernice (Newbold) Monfette.

She worked for many years as a short order cook at Candlepin Restaurant. Recently she worked as a nurse aid at Union House Nursing Home in Glover.

She was married to Harold Breault, who predeceased her in 1999. She is survived by her brothers: Bernard Monfette of Melbourne, Florida, George Monfette of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Carl Monfette and his wife, Marylinda, of South Royalton, and Raymond Monfette and his wife, Ernestine, of Illinois; by her sisters: Margaret Barnes of Baltimore, Maryland, Barbara Harris of Groveton, New Hampshire, Lillian Pingree and her friend, Raymond Piette, of Brownington, and Mary Langevin and her husband, Bill, of Stanstead, Quebec; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Bernice Monfette; and by her sister Dorothy Shufelt.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Woodard's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division Incorporated, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.

Natalie Edith Hinton Davis

Natalie Edith Hinton Davis, 83, of Derby died peacefully April 3, 2001, in West Charleston.

Mrs. Davis was born December 8, 1917, in East Charleston, a daughter of Errol and Nettie (Colburn) Hinton. On May 14, 1937, she married Jerry Edwin Davis, who predeceased her February 23, 1998. For 37 years she and her late husband owned and operated Jay's Snack Bar in Derby and retired in 1984 to Morgan Road. She was a lifelong member of Lakeside Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, where she held the office of Ruth. She was also a member of Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston and Home Dem. She held membership with Tops, where she lost the most weight last year. She enjoyed hooking rugs, cooking, collecting antiques, making crafts, and gardening.

She is survived by her children: Harvey Davis and his wife, Joan, of Bethel, Kenneth Davis and his wife, Kathleen, of Rutland, Elaine Pepin and her friend, Joe Howes, of Northfield, Massachusetts, Linda Dumond and her friend, Richard Roberts, of Franklin, New Hampshire, and Craig Davis and his wife, Jean, of West Charleston; by 17 grandchildren; by 12 great-grandchildren; by the following brothers and sisters: Pauline Coe and her husband, Neil, of St. Johnsbury, Ellie Hinton and his wife, Mona, of Westmore, and Norma Locke and her husband, Richard, of Irasburg; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Earlton and Elvin Hinton. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 7, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Spring interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Davis' memory may be made to Free Will Baptist Church, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Christine Royce

In the obituary provided by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home for Christine Royce, information was omitted. It should have included that she was predeceased by her loving son Rodney Royce in 1994. 

Eleonore J. Beauregard

Eleonore J. Beauregard, 93, of Derby Line, died in Barton on Friday, April 6, 2001.

Mrs. Beauregard was born in St. Hermenegilde, Quebec, on June 2, 1907, the daughter of Magloire and Clara (Lambert) Houle. On July 1, 1931, she married Norbert Beauregard, who predeceased her in 1992. She is survived by her sons, Roger Beauregard and his wife, Colleen, of Morgan, and Maurice Beauregard and his wife, Sylvia, of Derby Line; by her sisters, Evelyn White of Berlin, New Hampshire, and Blanche Gosselin of Valleyfield, Quebec; by six grandchildren; and by ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ernest Houle and Alde Houle; and by her sisters, Matilda Quinette and Simone Lavoie.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, April 10, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating. Spring interment will take place at St. Edward's Cemetery in Derby Line.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Beauregard's memory may be made to Maple Lane activities fund, Maple Lane Nursing Home, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Ruth T. Cook

Ruth T. Cook, 77, of Norwich died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Cook was born on December 11, 1923, in Glover, the daughter of Albert H. and Alice (Blake) Tyler. She attended schools in Barton and graduated from Barton Academy and Graded School. After high school she attended Lyndon Normal School, graduating in 1944. She taught school in West Corinth and Union Village, both one-room schoolhouses. She then was branch manager of the First Twin State Bank of Norwich for 19 years.

On June 11, 1946, in Hartford, she was married to Sidney Cook, who survives.

After her retirement she and her husband were part of the Ed Larkin Dancers of Chelsea. She was active in town affairs, was a member of the board of civil authority and trustee of trust funds, was active in Union Village Church in Norwich, and was a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer for ten years. She also was a member of the board of the United Way.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, dancing, and going for walks and rides out in the countryside.

She is survived by her husband, Sidney Cook, of Norwich; by one son, Daniel Cook, of Norwich; by two daughters, Carole Freeman of East Corinth and Becky Cook of Norwich; by nine grandchildren; by one brother, Burt Tyler, of Enfield, New Hampshire; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers: Fred, Carl, Rosco, and Warren; by one sister, Viola Hastings; and by one granddaughter.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, April 8, in Union Village Church with the Reverend James Blaine officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the family lot in Hillside Cemetery in Norwich. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Cook's memory may be sent to Union Village Church, P.O. Box 115, Norwich, Vermont 05055.

Hale Funeral Home of Thetford Center is in charge of arrangements. 

Muriel Y. (Benoit) Farnham

Muriel Y. (Benoit) Farnham, 77, of Bedford, New Hampshire, died at her residence on April 4, 2001, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Farnham was born in North Troy on March 6, 1924, the daughter of Ovila and Jeanne (Roberge) Benoit and had lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, for many years prior to moving to Bedford two years ago. She was a self-employed court transcriptionist. She was a beloved wife and devoted mother and grandmother.

Family members include her husband of 53 years, Elwin Farnham; two sons, Dana A. Farnham and his wife, Pamela, of Boone, Idaho, and Gregory J. Farnham and his partner, Chris Varga, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey; two daughters, Shelley Hilber and her husband, Jeffrey, of Vienna, Virginia, and Mary Wong and her husband, Harold, of Dove Canyon, California; four grandchildren: Courtney, Caitlin, and Steven Hilber, and Maya Wong; two sisters, Martha Petrin of Manchester, Connecticut, and Desnelges Lamy and her husband, Leo, of Manchester, New Hampshire; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A memorial service took place at Phaneuf Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Farnham's memory to Visiting Nurse, Home Health Care, 1850 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03104.

Arrangements are by Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. 

Kevin Andrew Gelo

Kevin Andrew Gelo, 49, beloved husband of Laura Gelo of Lowell, died suddenly April 6, 2001, in Newport.

Mr. Gelo was born on January 28, 1952, in Newport, a son of the late Malcolm and Margaret (Maloney) Gelo. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1970. On May 10, 1986, he married Laura Arel, who survives him. He was a carpenter for Gerard Pion Construction for ten years, and more recently he drove truck for Deuso Trucking of North Hyde Park. He was a volunteer firefighter for Lowell Fire Department for 16 years. He enjoyed dirt biking, motorcycling, and fishing.

Besides his wife, Laura, of Lowell; he is survived by his two daughters, Kylie and Holly of Lowell; by his brothers and sisters: Gayle Gelo and her husband, Doug Garon, of Morgan, Dennis Gelo and his wife, Patricia, of Derby, and Bonnie Benware and her husband, Roger, of Lowell; by eight nieces and nephews: Derik, Erica, Chris, Cortney, Jill, Andrew, Kortni, and Olivia; and by aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, with the Reverend Jerome Mecure officiating. Spring interment will take place in St. Ignatuis Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Gelo's memory may be made to Missisquoi Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Stanley L. Holbrook

Stanley Lucius Holbrook, 95, a descendant of an old Vermont family, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

Mr. Holbrook lived in Newport for six decades before moving to Maple Lane in 1997. He was a veteran employee of the former United States Post Office Department, the forerunner of the present U.S. Postal Service. Entering the department in 1928, he worked in the old Railway Mail Service (RMS) for 34 years prior to retirement for disability in 1962. Railway postal clerks handled mail in special cars aboard passenger trains, sorting letters enroute for ultimate dispatch at way stations – ordinarily without the trains stopping – and picking up outgoing mail in the same expert way. The clerks, working alone, were armed for protection in light of the RMS history of holdups by bandits seeking valuable packages or registered mail among the more everyday letters, cards, newspapers, and Sears catalogs. During most of this period, almost all mail traveled by train.

In his RMS career he was based in five locations in four states, ranging from New York City, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Stamford, Connecticut, to White River Junction and, finally, Newport, where he served for nine years as a member of the Newport Zoning Board of Appeals. He brought his young family to Newport in 1938, five years after marrying Gladys Goodhue of Sherbrooke, Quebec, in Orleans on May 2, 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression.

He was born in Irasburg on November 11, 1905 (he later joked that his birthday was made a national holiday) and first lived on a farm near Irasburg that had been in the Holbrook family for generations. His parents were Edwin Arthur and Elizabeth McAllister Holbrook. He graduated from Barton Academy in 1923 at the age of 17. After studying at Burlington Business College he worked for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and was also employed for four years as a tree surgeon in Winsted, Connecticut, before joining the government service.

Last year he visited Irasburg Village School, where his earliest education began, and was honored there by the eighth-grade graduating class as recipient of the Senior Citizen Award. When Principal Ken Hayes presented the award, he received a standing ovation and reminisced for the pupils' benefit about his long life. He told them he'd been "a hard-working man."

The Holbrooks were parents of two daughters and a son: Rosemary Holbrook Fogg and her husband, Dick, of Seeley Lake, Montana, Roger Holbrook and his companion, Kathy Karlsen, of Binghamton, New York, and Margaret Holbrook Ross and her husband, Jim, of Hinesburg. Fourteen grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.

Spring interment will take place in Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Holbrook's memory may be made to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Martha M. Johnson

Martha M. Johnson, 41, of Brattleboro and formerly of Island Pond, died in Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Sunday, April 1, 2001, following a long illness.

Ms. Johnson was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 29, 1959, the daughter of Arnold R. and Olive (King) Johnson. She worked as a social worker for the state of Vermont. 

She is survived by her mother, Olive Johnson, of Island Pond; by her brothers: Theodore Johnson of Island Pond, Charles Johnson of Newport, Mark Johnson of Montpelier, and David Johnson of Island Pond; by her sisters: Emily Lish of Dunnellon, Florida, Margaret Coyle of Tallahassee, Florida, and Jennie Johnson of Island Pond; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Michael and Arnold; and by her father, Arnold.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Johnson's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home. 

Carol Ann Hicks Malshuk

Carol Ann Hicks Malshuk, 55, of Newport, died April 6, 2001, in Newport with her family at her side.

Mrs. Malshuk was born June 6, 1945, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Helena (Gustin) Hicks and the late Earl Hicks. She graduated from Newport City School, Newport High School, and Champlain College in Burlington. She was director of Orleans County Council of Social Agencies Parent-Child Center for 15 years for Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties. 

She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross in the local office as a disaster services and water safety instructor trainer for 35 years. She worked for the Newport Ambulance Service for ten years as an emergency medical technician. She completed nursing training and worked at Union House Nursing Home in Glover. 

She was past president for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and also past president for the local VFW auxiliary in Newport. She was past president of American Legion Unit No. 21 in Newport. She worked untiringly for the benefits of all veterans. She was a member of Eagles Auxiliary No. 4329 and served as chaplin. She worked devotedly for Order of the Eastern Star Lakeside Chapter No. 27 in several stations including worthy matron and secretary. She was a grand representative for Iowa for the Grand Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star. She recently retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier after serving 20 years. She was past president of Orleans County Rural Letter Carriers and served as secretary.

She married Dennis Malshuk of Irasburg in 1966. She is survived by three children: Kim Bryan of Florida, Dennis Malshuk II of Newport, and Dana Malshuk of Irasburg; by four grandchildren: Ashley Marie Malshuk, Nicholas William Malshuk, Abigale Elizabeth Malshuk, and Cody Alexander Bryan; and by her mother, Helena Gustin Hicks. She was predeceased by her father, Earl Hicks, in 1982.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating. Spring interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Malshuk's memory may be made to the Cancer Fund, care of VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 798, P.O. Box 312, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Elizabeth "Betty" N. Paterson

Elizabeth "Betty" N. Paterson, 81, of East Craftsbury, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her home, following a long illness.

Mrs. Paterson was born in Georgia, Vermont, on December 24, 1919, the daughter of Park H. and Ruth (Stuart) Newton. She was a 1938 graduate of Bellows Falls Academy in St. Albans and received a three-year certificate from Johnson Normal School in 1941. She received her bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in 1974.

On October 17, 1945, she married James Paterson, and they made their home together on the farm on Ketchum Hill Road in East Craftsbury. Mr. Paterson died January 12, 1984.

A loved and respected member of the community for over 55 years, she was a librarian at Craftsbury Academy and then at Sterling College for many years. She was an active member of East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, a member of the Ladies Union and Craftsbury Homemakers, a trustee of East Craftsbury Cemetery, and a member of Eastern Star. She was a past member of the board of trustees of the John W. Simpson and the Craftsbury public libraries. She deeply loved her family, her home, and her community and will be greatly missed by anyone who had the honor of knowing her.

She leaves two sons, James R. Paterson of Burlington and John N. Paterson and his wife, Karre, of Richmond; two daughters, Jane P. Marlin and her husband, Joseph, and Barbara R. Paterson and her husband, Jim Whitby, all of Burlington; two brothers, Stuart Newton of St. Albans and Palmetto, Florida, and Robert Newton of Georgia and Dade City, Florida; a sister, Rebecca Ballard, of Georgia; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 7, at East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Jeff Kellam officiating. Spring interment will be in East Craftsbury Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Paterson's memory may be made to East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 1097 Ketchum Hill Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826, or to Craftsbury Public Library, Building Fund, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is in charge of arrangements. 

Howard D. Smith

Howard D. Smith, 78, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield due to complications of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Smith was born in Barton and resided in Marlboro, Massachusetts, for several years prior to moving to Wakefield in 1967. After graduating from Barton Academy, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. He retired from Star Market Company in 1992, after working in numerous Star Market stores for 28 years. Prior to working at Star Market, he was employed by United Farmers.

He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge in Orleans, where he was a member for over 50 years. He became a member of the First Baptist Church in Wakefield in 1988. In addition to being an avid gardener, he enjoyed golfing and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Elinor (Hitchcock); by one son, Brian, and his wife, Theresa, and their daughters Amy and Laura, of Andover, Massachusetts; by two daughters, Dianne Adams and her husband, Bill, of Stoneham, Massachusetts, and their children: Matt, Courtney, and Ashley Adams and Susan Newell, of Vinalhaven, Maine, and her son, Josh; by a brother, Arnold Smith, of Port Richey, Florida; by two sisters, Margaret Wilson of East Montpelier and Barbara Hooker of East Hartford, Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

The memorial service was held on Monday, April 2, in First Baptist Church in Wakefield.

McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield handled the arrangements. 

Donald Roger Whitehill

Donald Roger Whitehill, 66, of Morgan died suddenly in Newport on April 3, 2001.

Mr. Whitehill was born September 3, 1934, in Morgan, a son of Roger and Arlene (Maxwell) Whitehill. On October 13, 1956, he married Katherine Inez Lowell, who survives him. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1952. He was a dairy farmer all his life in Morgan. Among his hobbies he enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, coin collecting, working with farm animals, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He entered the U.S. Army in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1962.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Whitehill, of Morgan; by the following children: Cynthia Colburn and her husband, Bryan, of Milton, Rebecca Deyo and her husband, Victor, of Derby, Laura Benoit and her husband, Gary, of New Boston, New Hampshire, James Whitehill and his wife, Diana, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Jerry Whitehill and his wife, Vicki, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Wayne Whitehill and his wife, Ann, of St. Johnsbury, and Jane Elliott and her husband, Clayton, of South Kirby; by 14 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; by two brothers, Reginald Whitehill of East Charleston and the Reverend Richard Whitehill and his wife, Brenda, of Holland; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 6, with the Reverend Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Whitehill's memory may be made to Free Will Baptist Church, Building Fund, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes. 

Rudolph J. Woods Sr.

Rudolph J. Woods Sr. 64, of Bristol, Connecticut, husband of Irene (Zappula) Woods, died suddenly Monday, April 2, 2001, at his home.

Born in Derby on November 19, 1936, a son of the late Matthewson and Irene (Bushaw) Woods, Mr. Woods lived in Bristol most of his life. He was a retired truck driver having worked for White Oak Construction for many years and more recently for Tilcon. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 559 of Milford.

Besides his wife, he leaves the following children: Charlotte Wood Avery and her friend, Gregg, and Rodney Wood and his friend, Carol, all of Adams, Massachusetts, Rudolph J. Woods Jr. of Bristol, Andy Woods and his wife, Diane, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Veronica Liva and her husband, Tom, of Boca Raton, Florida; by the following brothers and sisters: Matt Woods and his friend, Linda, of Norton, Sylvia Ward and her husband, John, of Newport, Cecile Lucas and her husband, Leonard, of Newport, Esther Metras and her husband, Moises, of Derby, Linda Schepp of Fargo, North Dakota, and Lorraine Webber and her husband, Dwight, of East Haven; by six grandchildren: Sylvia, Elizabeth, Lauren, and Christina Woods and Concetta and Lucia Livia; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 5, at Dupont Funeral Home in Bristol. Burial will be in Peacedale Cemetery in Bristol.

Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Funeral Home. 

Edna Elizabeth Liberty 

Edna Elizabeth Liberty, 86, of Newport, died in Newport on Tuesday, April 10, 2001. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 13, at Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Leo Bilodeau officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Spring interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. A full obituary will appear in next week’s issue. 

Arrangements are by Converse-Rushford Funeral Home.


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