Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1997

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Deane, Hope, 73, of Waterbury, died April 25. Born in 1923, she was the daughter of Jack and Ruth (Wheeler) Burbank. At birth she was adopted by Canning and Norah Hinman, who raised her. She graduated from Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Mass. and attended the University of Vermont and later graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of science degree in social services. In 1943, she married Elmer Trefren, who died in 1944. In 1948, she married William Deane. She worked as a psychometrician for social services at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Survivors include two sons, Gordon and Thatcher; her birth mother, Ruth Burbank; a brother; her ex-husband, William Deane; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and seven nephews.

Mercier, William W. "Bill", 79, of Hardwick, died April 19. Born in 1917 in Claremont, N.H., he was the son of Emile and Florence (Anair) Mercier. He was employed as a custodian at Hardwick Elementary School for many years and was a self-employed tax consultant. He was a member of St. Norbert's Church. Survivors include two brothers, Robert and Emile; three sisters, Delores Booth, Lucille Greenway and Jeanie Draper; several nieces and nephews.

Juda, Virginia, 73, of Barre, died April 24. Born in 1924 in Barre, she was the daughter of Antonio and Virginia (Revilla) Perojo. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. She moved to Connecticut in 1943, where she worked as a beautician. In 1946, she married Stanley Jude. They returned to Barre in 1948, where she worked as a baker at the Jarvis Bake Shop and was later employed as a sales clerk at Price Chopper. Her husband died in 1969. She was a member of St. Monica's Church in Barre. Survivors include twin sons, Anthony R. and S. Steven; two granddaughters; two sisters.

Sumner, Ralph W., 56, formerly of Randolph, died April 19. Born in 1941 in Randolph, he was the son of Wayne and Julia (Hunter) Sumner. He was educated in Randolph and Springfield schools. He worked for Jones and Lamson in Springfield (Conn.) and was employed by the Butler Service Group. In 1988, he married Sandra Duval. Survivors include his wife; his parents; four daughters, Kay Chase, Rae Kangas, Suzette Tinney and Nanette Sumner; 12 grandchildren; a step-daughter, Amy Driscoll; a stepson, David St. Pierre; a brother, Donald Sumner.

Lovely, Herbert F., 65, of Waterbury, died April 22. Born in 1932 in Duxbury, he was the son of Edmund and Delta (Billings) Lovely. He graduated from Waterbury High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War. In 1954, he married Dorothy Manley. He worked for Davison Furniture Co. and for the V.L. Perkins Co. Furniture Store. He later was employed at Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and more recently was employed at IBM as a maintenance engineer. He retired in 1987. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Arlene Torrey; a son, Dean; eight grandchildren; a brother; two half-sisters; a half-brother; nieces and nephews.

Hilliker, Willard R., Jr., 76, of Tunbridge, died April 21. Born in 1921 in Swanton, he was the son of Willard and Rose (Delma) Hilliker Sr. He attended schools in Swanton and was a veteran of the Army Air Force, having served in WWII and the Korean War. In 1949, he married Betty Young. He worked in the woolen mills in Hartford, Lebanon, N.H. and Bridgewater and later was a carpenter and house painter for the Connecticut Valley Corporation in Con-necticut. More recently, he was employed by Anthony Doria in South Royalton. Survivors include his wife; a brother, Robert; four sisters, Pauline LaBrie, Arlene Corey, Betty Jane Cadieux and Shirely Evans; nieces and nephews.

Robinson, Elaine E., 72, of Websterville, died April 19. Born in 1925 in Berlin, N.H., she was the daughter of Peter and Emile (Couture) Lemieux. She attended St. Monica School, graduated from Spaulding High School and attended Vermont Junior College in Montpelier. In 1946, she married Gordon Robinson, who died in 1987. She had been employed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Barre, retiring in 1990. She was a member of St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Survivors include one son, Ira Robinson; one brother, Daniel Lemieux; one sister, Dolores Colbert; three nieces; three grand-nieces and a grand-nephew.

Reed, Percy, 90, of Brookfield, died April 20. Born in 1905 in New York, he moved to Brookfield when he was a child. He worked on several area farms and in 1969, moved to the Larry and Joyce Brassard farm. In 1995, he moved to Gifford Elder Care in Randolph.

Steward, Robert J., 57, of Plainfield, died April 18. Born in 1939 in Guilford, Maine, he was adopted at birth by Robert and Barbara (Campbell) Steward. He graduated from Guilford (Maine) High School and received a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts from Gorham (Maine) State Teachers College. In 1962, he married Lena Marstaller. In 1976, he married Janet R. Barasch. He taught industrial arts in Pittsfield and Houlton, Maine and at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick. He had grown potatoes while in Maine and continued to after moving to Vermont. In 1976, he founded R.J. Forest Products, a logging and trucking company, which he operated until his death. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Rachel Leah Steward and Aron Barbara Steward; two sons, Clinton and Staff Sgt. Walter Steward; four grandchildren; his mother.

Hebert, Hazel M., 62, of Brookfield, died April 21. Born in 1935 in Brookfield, she was the daughter of Edwin and Hattie (Stevens) Sprague. She was educated in local schools. In 1951, she married Emile Hebert, who died in 1988. Survivors include a son, Roger; five daughters, Carolyn Deforge, Gloria Farrington, Susan Fahnestock, Marie Hebert and Phyllis Hussey; a sister; 16 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Confessore, Clement J., 87, of Northfield, died April 29. Born in 1909 in New York City, he was the son of Louis and Rose (Belgiamini) Confessore. In 1935, he married Diane Terilli and they lived in Northfield most of their married life. He retired from the military in 1964, serving during WWII and the Korean War. He was an ROTC instructor and later assistant superintendent of buildings and grounds at Norwich University, retiring in 1982. He belonged to St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Clement and Gary; two sisters; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Wilson, Azalea G., 94, of Montpelier, died April 27. Born in 1902 in Havelock, New Brunswick, Canada, she was the daughter of John and Erna (Perry) Garland. She was educated in Havelock schools and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. In 1928, she married George Wilson, who died in 1982. Survivors include two daughters, Diana Stone and Jacqueline Bergson; four granddaughters; a sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Rafuse, Marjorie A., 70, of Braintree, died April 23. Born in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, she was the daughter of Logan and Avenelle (Smith) Mundt. She graduated from St. Paul (Minn.) High School and in 1949, married Harold Rafuse. She worked at G.W. Plastics in Bethel. Survivors include her husband; one son, Craig; one daughter, Robin Gurney; a brother. 

Juda, Virginia, 73, of Barre, died April 24. Born in 1924 in Barre, she was the daughter of Antonio and Virginia (Revilla) Perojo. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1946, she married Stanley B. Juda, who died in 1969. She worked at the Jarvis Bake Shop and later at Price Chopper. She was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Survivors include twin sons, Anthony and Steven; two granddaughters; two sisters. 

Heath, Gladys Smith, 81, of Berlin, died April 29. Born in 1915 in Walden, she was the daughter of Murdo and Rose (LaBrecque) Smith. In 1933, she married Arthur W. Heath, who died in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Kreis and Paula Ennis; a son, Roger; two sisters; two half-sisters; three half-brothers; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Sanborn, Velma B., 93, of Berlin, died May 1. Born in 1904 in Barre Town, she was the daughter of Chauncey and Bertha (Beede) Bixby. She attended Barre Town School and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1926, she married Melvin Wright, who died in 1954. In 1958, she married Maynard Sanborn, who died in 1980. She had been a secretary and retired from the medical records department at Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans in 1980, returning to Barre in 1983. She was a former member of the Barre Congregational Church and attended St. Albans Congregational Church. More recently, she attended the Church of Christ in South Barre. Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Ruth (Mrs. Elmer) Brown Jr.; a step-daughter, Ruth Bodreau; a step-son, Lester Sanborn; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several cousins. 

Olkin, Sylvia, 54, of Waitsfield, died April 27. Born in 1942 in New York City, she was the daughter of Meyer and Nora Klein. She was raised in Norwich, Conn. In 1965, she married Robert L. Olkin. They moved to Waitsfield in 1994. She was an author of books about pregnancy and childbirth. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Mathew and Mike; her parents; a sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Drown, Esther J., 90, of Sharon, died April 30. Born in 1906 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Peter and Elfrida Caroline (Theruen) Johnson. She received her early education in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School. In 1942, she married Walter Drown, who died in 1977. She was employed by Green Mountain Power in Montpelier and was town clerk in Sharon. She was a member of Sharon Congregational Church. Survivors include a son, Thuren; three grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. 

Hallock, Susan Cald-well, 79, of Montpelier, died April 28. Born in 1917 in Troy, N.H., she was the daughter of Lucien and Lillian Caldwell. She graduated from Albany State College and taught French at the high school in Shelter Island, N.Y. In 1940, she married Franklin W. Hallock. She worked at the public library and in 1961, began teaching at Greenport (N.Y.) High School and later at Southhold (N.Y.) High School. She earned a master's degree in library science from State University of New York at Albany and was school librarian at Mattituck (N.Y.) High School, retiring in 1979. She and her husband moved to Montpelier in 1994, he died in the following year. She was a member of St. Mary's Church (Episcopal) in Northfield. Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Seelinger and Lucille Hallock; two sons, John and Franklin; eight grandchildren. 

Dutton, Paul B., 79, of Northfield, died April 27. Born in 1917 in Northfield, he was the son of Homer and Effie (Davis) Dutton. He attended Northfield schools, graduated from Northfield High School and received an associate degree in business from Green Mountain Junior College in Poultney. In 1941, he married Irene Currier, who died in 1988. He served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He had operated a sand and gravel pit, an excavating business, a paving firm and was president of Dog River Speedway, in Northfield. In 1953, he established D&D Concrete Co. Inc. He sold the business in 1968 and was involved in various other enterprises and business ventures. He was a member of Northfield United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Martha (Mrs. Charles) Haynes; a granddaughter; a grandson; a brother; several nieces and nephews. 

Smith, Everett H., 85, formerly of Berlin, died April 13. Born in 1911 in Montpelier, he was the son of George and Bertha (Crane) Smith. He graduated from Montpelier High School and attended Montpelier Seminary. In 1935, he married Rebecca MacAulay. He had been a salesman for Cross Bakery in Montpelier and later worked for Capital Candy, for Robert Doyle and for Bond Auto. After retirement in 1976, he worked part-time at Guilmette's service station in Montpelier. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia (Mrs. Orton) Patch and Nancy (Mrs. Anthony) Hill; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Fortna, Trodd, 81, of Warren, died April 23. Born in 1916 in Suisun-Fairfield, CA, he was the son of Floyd and Rosa Fortna. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in engineering and served with the Air Force during WWII. He worked as a ski school director in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in California. In 1947, he married Lixi Redlich, who died in 1995. After coming to Vermont in 1954, he purchased the former Flanagan Farm in Moretown. Besides farming, he taught skiing at Mad River Glen S ki area. He designed and built the Golden Horse Lodge, which he operated for the next 17 years. He also taught skiing at Sugarbush. Survivors include a son, Victor; a daughter, Rosi Fortna; two grandchildren. 

Murray, Eldon A., 85, formerly of Williamstown, died May 1. Born in Northcote, Minn., he was the son of Angus and Francina (Roth) Murray. He grew up in Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School and from Vermont Agricultural School in Randolph. He managed the Ralston Purina Grain Store in St. Johnsbury and was warehouse supervisor for the New Hampshire Distributing Agency for 17 years. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, N.H. Survivors include his wife, Florence (Baraw) Murray; a daughter, Jean Towle; a granddaughter; a sister; one niece.

Martin, Helen C., 88, of Williamstown, died May 7. Born in 1908 in Petoskey, MI, she was the daughter of Frank and Frances (Weaver) Clement. She moved to Buffalo, N.Y. in 1923 and graduated from Silver Creek (N.Y.) High School. She attended both the Eastman School of Music and Fredonia State College in New York. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education at Northwestern University in Illinois and taught music at Niagara Falls (N.Y.) High School. In 1935, she married H. Proctor Martin. They lived in Niagara Falls for 34 years, summering at Lotus Lake in Williamstown and becoming year-round resident in 1964. She and her husband and his two brothers, founded the Lotus Lake Day Camp, which is still in operation. Her husband died in 1968. She was a member of Barre Universalist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Martin Watson and Dorothy Martin (Mrs. John) Milne; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister; several nieces and nephews.

Wyrembek, Joseph E., 51, of Waterbury, died May 3. Born in 1946 in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of Joseph and Irene (Somers) Wyrembek Sr. In 1955, he married Maggie Wiltrout, they moved to Waterbury from Wisconsin in 1996. He was a self-employed writer. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tracey Shmik; a son, Todd Wyrembek; Kelty, Virginia B., 64, of Barre, died May 4. Born in 1933 in Toronto, Ohio, she was the daughter of Louis and Sarah (Ward) Basso. She graduated from Toronto High School. In 1952, she married John Kelty, who died in 1968. She was employed at the former Sprague Electric Co. in Barre. Survivors include a son, Patrick; four daughters, Christine (Mrs. David) Fellows, Janice (Mrs. Randy) Spaulding; Anita (Mrs. Harold) Beede and Kimberly (Mrs. Michael) Hunt; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister; two nieces and a nephew.

Thresher, Eunice G., 77, of Randolph, died May 3. Born in 1920 in Hartford, she was the daughter of Harold and Gertrude (Davis) Swafford. She was educated in Randolph schools. In 1944, she married James Thresher, who died in 1993. Survivors include one son, James; a brother; a sister; nieces and nephews.

Lane, George H., 73, formerly of Northfield, died May 2. Born in 1924 in Milford, N.H., he was the son of Rev. George and Susan (Chase) Lane. He graduated from Torrington (Ct.) High School and from Amherst College with a degree in physics. He served with the Army during WWII and following discharge, returned and continued his education, receiving a master's degree in physics from Yale University and a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Connecticut. He was an associate professor of physics at Franklin and Marshal College in Lancaster, PA, and moved to Northfield in 1960 become a professor of physics at Norwich University. He retired in 1992. He was a member of United Church of Northfield. Survivors include two daughters, Louise Lane Kafka and Cynthia Gause; a brother; three sisters; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Bly, Beach E., 92, formerly of Montpelier, died April 21 in Florida. Born in 1904 in Canada, he was the son of Lillian Beach Bly and John Bly. He grew up in Derby Line, where he received his education and graduated from Newport High School and from Norwich University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In 1928, he married Heather Carins. He retired as assistant chief engineer with the Vermont Transportation Department. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Barbara Day and Elizabeth FitzPatrick; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister.

Knoerl, Jane F., 71, of Adamant, died May 5. Born in 1926 in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Henry and Rose (Koster) Pernick. She graduated from St. Mary's Nursing School in N.Y. and worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, Emergency Hospital and Mercy Hospital, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Buffalo. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Shirley Cane, Cathy Theobald and Patricia Johnson; five grandchildren; a sister; 11 nieces and 18 nephews.

Pratt, Lillian D., 86, of Barre Town, died May 4. Born in 1910 in East Hardwick, she was the daughter of Arthur and Mae Alice (Squires) Domey. She attended schools in East Hardwick and graduated from Lyndon Institute and from Lyndon State Teachers College. She later attended the College of St. Rose, Russell Sage College and Skidmore College, all in New York; and the University of Vermont. In 1934, she married Robert Pratt, who died in 1972. She taught elementary school in several Vermont communities including the former South Barre School. Her memberships included St. Peter's Catholic Church in N.Y. and St. Monica Church in Barre. Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Mrs. Lawrence) Abbiati; three granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; a sister.

Benecke, Beverlee A., 73, formerly of Barre, died April 5. Born in 1923 in Barre, she was the daughter of Ralph and Esther (Rooney) Lawliss Sr. She received her early education in St. Monica School and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1961, she married William Benecke. They have lived in Oregon for the past 35 years. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kay Shanley and Robin Anderson; two sons, Douglas and Raymond Aldrich; a brother; a sister; her mother; an aunt; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Bassett, Iona M., 75, of Marshfield, died May 4. Born in 1922 in Cabot, she was the daughter of Bert and Carrie (Cassidy) Shatney. She attended schools in Cabot. In 1940, she married Kenneth Bassett, who died in 1974. They farmed in Marshfield and she cooked at Goddard College and operated Iona's Pizza Shop in Plainfield. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield. Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Sayers, Geraldine Gilman and Greta Sayers; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother; a sister; nieces and nephews.

Pavone, Ronald J., 46, of Bethel, died May 5. Born in 1951 in Alexandria, VA, he was the son of Lewis and Jan (Swiger) Pavone. He received his early education there and graduated from Groveton High School in Alexandria. He received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University at South Bend. In 1982, he married Mary Eiben Reiser, they moved to Bethel in 1987. He worked at Vermont Castings. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tina Pavone; his parents; a brother; two sisters.

Kadric, Samir, 22, of Waterbury, died May 5. Born in 1975 in Loznica, Serbia, he was the son of Fikret and Dzehva Kadric. He attended grammar schools and technical school in Loznica and was unable to complete his education due to the war in Bosnia. He came to the United States in 1996 and began working at Cabot Creamery Cooperative. In 1996, he married Christine Tundik who was awaiting clearance to join him. Survivors include his wife; his parents; a sister; a brother; two uncles; his grandparents; aunts and uncles.

Neilson, Margaret A., 78, formerly of Barre, died May 6. Born in 1918 in Barre, she was the daughter of Charles and Algena (Badger) Fortier. In 1936, she married William Neilson, who died in 1991. She and her husband owned and operated the Northfield Candy Kitchen, retiring in 1971. She was a member of Christ the King Parish. Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Neilson) Chambers and Carmen (Revilla) Abascal; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two sisters; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Henson, Muriel M., 77, of Walden, died April 30. Born in 1919 in New Britain, Ct., she was the daughter of Knut Erik Bror and Victoria M. (Witz) Peterson. She attended public school in Connecticut and graduated from Hillhouse High School there. In 1946, she married Richard Henson, who died in 1950. In early 1960s, she moved to Walden and attended the University of New Hampshire, earning an associate degree. She was librarian at Jeudevine Memorial Library in Hardwick for 28 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Connecticut and later was affiliated with the United Church of Hardwick. Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl (Mrs. John) Ramsay; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Prevost, Peter J., 45, of Montpelier, died May 5. Born in 1951 in Montpelier, he was the son of Wayne and Gertrude (Sweeney) Prevost. He attended St. Michael's Graded School, St. Michael's High School and Montpelier High School. Most recently he worked at Cabot Hoisery, Quality Market and was a carrier for The WORLD newspaper. Survivors include his wife, Anna, whom he married in 1989; his former wife, Cheryl Wood, whom he married in 1969; and their children, Peter II, Michelle Tremblay and Jodi Bell; three grandchildren; his parents; five brothers; five sisters; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Creed, Irma E., 83, of Northfield, died May 2. Born in 1913 in Northfield, she was the daughter of James and Sarah (Smith) Creed. She graduated from Northfield High School. She had worked at Norwich University, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the United Church of Northfield. Survivors include three nieces and a nephew.

Winship, William L., 83, of Marshfield, died May 5. Born in 1914 in Hartford, Conn., he was the son of Harold and Pauline (Wilson) Winship. He graduated from Trinity College. In 1939, he married Shirley Hodge. He served with the Army during WWII. He was employed as statistician for the State of Connecticut, and moved to Vermont following retirement. Survivors include his wife; a sister, Judith Winship; two granddaughters; a great-granddaughter.

Russell, Mary Sassi, 88, of Barre, died May 8. Born in 1908 in Carrara, Italy, she was the daughter of Marco Stori and Josephine (Martelli) Storti. Her first husband, Marco Sassi, predeceased her. She later married Howard Clunes Russell. While in Barre, she owned and operated Mario's Restaurant. Survivors include her husband; a son, Charles Sassi; a brother; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five nephews and a niece.

Sibley, George F., 91, of East Montpelier, died May 2. Born in 1836 in East Montpelier, he was the son of Roy and Alice (Foster) Sibley. He attended school in East Montpelier and graduated from Goddard Seminary in Barre. He had been a farmer and served as selectman in East Montpelier, as school com-missioner and cemetery commis-sioner. He was a director and treasurer of Washington Electric Co-op and represented East Montpelier in the Legislature. In 1929, he married Margaret Cory, who died in 1973. Survivors include two sons, Edwin and George Jr.; two grandsons.

Fish, Vivian H., 72, of Berlin, died May 5. Born in 1924 in Walden, she was the daughter of Jewett and Edna (Kittredge) Laird. She attended elementary school in Walden and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1953, she married G. Roy Fish. They managed the Wayside Restaurant and later operated Roy's Snack Bar. Mr. Fish died in 1987. Survivors include her daughter, Lila Codling; two grandchildren; three great-grandsons; two sisters; nieces and nephews.

Poor, Florence C., 78, of Williamstown, died May 7. Born in 1919 in Hartford, Ct., she was the daughter of Harry and Eva (Crosby) Potter. She received her early education in Glastonbury, Ct. and graduated from high school there. She graduated from Colby Junior College in N.H. and later from Worcester (Mass.) City Hospital Laboratory School. In 1947, she married Sheldon Poor, who died in 1979. She had been lab technician in several hospitals and in 1970, moved to Barre and was employed at Woolworth Department Store until retirement. In 1986, she moved to Williamstown, where she was a member of Williamstown Congregational Church. Survivors include three sons, Daniel, Timothy and Edmond; three grandchildren; several cousins.

Michaud, Walter J., 67, formerly of Hardwick, died April 28. Born in 1929 in Littleton, N.H., most of his youth was spent in Hardwick. In 1955, he married Theresa Ferland. They moved to Connecticut and he worked in the construction industry. He was a veteran of the Army, having served during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Natalie Michaud; and relatives in the Hardwick area.

Fionda, Kathryn A., 42, of Northfield, died May 15. Born in 1954 in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Edward and Jeannette (Johnson) O'Connor. She graduated from Union Catholic Girls High School in New Jersey, earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master's degree in education from the University of Vermont. She was a drug and alcohol counselor for Northfield and other area schools and had been employed by the state of Vermont's Parent's Assistance Line. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church. She had been married to Christopher Fionda. Survivors include a daughter, Laura; two sons, Edward and Thomas; her father; a brother; two sisters; several nieces and nephews. 

Gates, Mary B., 72, of Wolcott, died May 15. Born in 1925 in Morrisville, she was the daughter of Charles and Eva (Robbins) Burbank. In 1958, she married Eugene Gates, who died in 1985. She was employed by Vermont Electric Co-op in Johnson, retiring in the late 1980s. After that she was tax collector in Wolcott. She attended Wolcott Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, William Patch; two daughters, Patricia (Mrs. George) Ste. Marie and Brenda (Mrs. John) Hurlburt; a sister; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. 

MacMartin, Andrew D., 42, of Northfield, died May 14. Born in 1955 in Northfield, he was the son of James and Louise (Shutler) MacMartin. He graduated from Northfield High School and attended Johnson State College. In 1991, he married Roxana Chacon Solares. He worked at both Northfield and Washington electric departments, at Lawson Granite Co. and more recently, at De Felice's Sandwich Shop in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; a son, Jamie; three brothers; three sisters; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

Demers, Mary A., 87, of Barre, died May 13. Born in 1909 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Henry and Mary (Abaire) Duprey. She attended the former Holy Ghost Convent School in Graniteville. She was employed as a domestic in Montpelier in earlier years. In 1940, she married Rheal J. Demers, who died in January, 1997. They founded Demers Repair Shop, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include two sons, Dennis and Edmond; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Markham, Caroline R., 72, of Montpelier, died May 14. Born in 1924 in Essex, she was the daughter of Claude and Rita (Wimble) Wimble. She attended schools in Waitsfield. In 1945, she married Richard Markham, who died in 1990. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Church. Survivors include two sons, Larry and Randall; two daughters, Laurel Markham and Sherry Markham; three brothers; one sister. 

Bevins, Jason P., 28, formerly of Burlington, died May 7. Born in 1969 in Burlington, he was the son of Larry and Jane (Colacci) Bevins. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He was a club promoter in the Orlando area. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Larry and Julie Bevins Sr. of Barre; his mother and stepfather, Myron and Jane Phillips of Florida; four brothers, Larry Jr., Brian, Ronald and Jeremy; three sisters, Margaret Rice, Tina Yates and Amanda; paternal grandmother; maternal grandparents; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Rajaniemi, Gaile E., 79, of Northfield, died May 9. Born in 1917 in Dexter, Maine, she was the daughter of William and Gaile (Redmond) Small. In 1952, she married Earle Gordon, who died in 1972. Survivors include a son, William Aaskov; a sister; a niece and a nephew. 

Sponholz, Louise E., 92, of Montpelier, died May 15. Born in 1904 in Glen Arms, Ill., she was the daughter of William and Margaret (Schuler) Hamm. Most of her youth and early adult life was spent in Cleveland, Ohio. She was an accomplished dancer and dance studio instructor and she and her husband owned and operated a general construction firm in Ohio. After the death of her husband, she lived with her son, Andrew and family in Montpelier and was admitted to Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in 1995. She was a communicant of St. Augustine Church in Montpelier. Survivors include two sons, George and Andrew; a daughter, Alyce Crawford; a sister; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

Aja, A. Teresa, 93, of Barre, died May 15. Born in 1904 in Santander, Spain, she was the daughter of Eusebio and Consuelo (de la Hoz) Malanda. She came to the U.S. when she was 14. In 1961, she married Higinio Aja, who died in 1963. She had been employed at the Formica Plant and at Sprague Electric. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include three daughters, Encarnation "Connie" (Mrs. Wesley) Norris, Aurora "Dot" (Mrs. Albert) Borne and Consuelo (Mrs. Bernard) Hebert; four sons, Gabino, Dr. E. Joseph, Dr. Joaquin and Jesus Aja; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. 

Ferris, Eunice H., 66, of Moretown, died recently. Born in 1930 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Frank and Kathleen (Robbins) Holden and attended Montpelier schools. In 1949, she married Albert Ferris, who died in 1988. She worked for the Moretown school system and served as town clerk, on the selectboard and as a library trustee. Survivors include one son, Terry; two daughters, Vickie and Robin; four grandchildren one sister. 

Andreoletti, Brian C., 56, of Middlesex, died May 15. Born in 1940 in South Ryegate, he was the son of Carlo and Helena (Provost) Andreoletti. He graduated from South Ryegate High School and later attended Tilton (N.H.) Academy and Hobart College in N.Y. He worked as a sales and marketing representative, most recently for the Lifeline Foundation of Vermont in Morrisville. In 1986, he married Cheryl Monti Bordas. Survivors include his wife; a step-son, Jason; his mother; a brother. 

Bradley, Juliette, 64, formerly of Randolph, died May 15. Born in 1932 in Irasburg, she was the daughter of Norbert and Olive (McGee) Lord. She was educated in Pittsfield, MA and Whitcomb High School in Bethel. In 1952 she married Frank Bradley. She worked at Van Raalte Co., G.W. Plastics, Randolph High School cafeteria, Merrimaid, Valley Bowl and Waterbury Plastics. She was a member of Sts. Donatian and Rogatian Church in Randolph. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Richard, Gary and Randy; a daughter, Penny Maxfield; a sister; two brothers; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 

Morrison, Flora M., 75, of Barre, died May 15. Born in 1922 in Lebanon, N.H., she was the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Morse) Boucher. She attended schools in Lower Cabot and graduated from St. Michael's High School in Montpelier. In 1943, she married Edmund R. Morrison Sr., who died in 1994. Survivors include one daughter, Benita (Mrs. Donald) Nunn; two sons, Edmund and Joseph; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 

Dudley, Roger L., 69, of South Washington, died May 11. Born in 1927 in Guilford, Conn., he was the son of Herbert and Elna (Coulter) Dudley. He attended schools in Guilford. He moved to Vermont in 1967 and worked at Chelsea Creamery, Letter Granite Co. and Cetrangelo Granite Co. He also raised game birds and various breeds of poultry, attending many shows and fairs. In 1946, he married Dorothy Bell. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Guilford (Conn.). Survivors include his wife; two sons, Hoard and Richard; a daughter, Linda Doyle; his mother; a sister; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


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