Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1997

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LaRouche, Jean Rene, 65, of South Barre, died May 19. Born in 1931 in Barre, he was the son of Jean Rene and Eva (Dumas) LaRouche. He attended St. Monica School and graduated from Spaulding High School. He had worked for the family business, J.R. LaRouche Custom Printing Shop and later at the Barre Times Argus. He served in the Army during the Korean War and in 1956, married Lucille Groleau. He served with the Barre City Fire Department's Call Force and was fire chief of Barre Town Fire Department from 1981 until retiring in 1995. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sylvia Charron; two sons, David and Leo; eight grandchildren; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Wild, Joan M., 71, of Orange, died May 20. Born in 1925 in London, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Godfrey) Gill. She attended schools in England. In 1945, she married George Wild Sr., who died in 1993. Survivors include two sons, George Jr. and David; a daughter, Jean Edson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers; a sister; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Barcomb, Lawrence, 82, of Randolph, died May 14. Born in 1915 in Randolph, he was the son of Moses and Albertine (Masse) Barcomb. He attended schools in Vermont and Massachusetts and served in the military during WWII. He farmed, worked as a blacksmith, owned a lawn mower shop and worked as a welder, retiring in 1971 to farming. His wife, Virginia Fish Barcomb, died in 1994. Survivors include two sons, Danny and Jerry; a sister; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Ironside, Velma E., 79, formerly of Barre, died May 15. Born in 1917 in Graniteville, she was the daughter of Alexander and Evalyn Ewen. She attended Barre City schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. She went into nursing training, but it was interrupted by the War. In 1944, she married Ernest Ironside, who died in 1990. She was a telephone operator and worked at Barre City hospital as a switchboard operator. She continued working there in the purchasing department; her last position was that of accounts payable clerk. She retired from Central Vermont Medical Center in 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Hastings; a brother; a niece; grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins. 

Chambers, Robert W., 61, of Northfield, died May 17. Born in 1935 in Springfield, Mass., he was the son of Samuel and Elsa (Gill) Chambers. He attended schools in East Longmeadow, Mass. and graduated from American International College. He served with the Navy from 1953 to 1961. He had worked for WJOY Radio Station in Burlington, was assistant editor for the Vermont Catholic Tribune and editor of the University of Vermont Alumni Magazine and UVM publications. He also worked in Windsor area schools as a counselor. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy (Mrs. John) Morral; a brother, Samuel Chambers; a niece and a nephew. 

Gillam, Walter H., 93, of Waterbury, died May 18. Born in 1903 in Rutland, he was the son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Trombley) Gillam. He graduated from Rutland High School and Bliss Engineering School in Washington, D.C. In 1926 he married Beulah Kirby, who died in 1993. He moved to Waterbury and was assigned to the Burlington management office to help with the change-over from manual to dial operations. He became staff supervisor. After retirement, he worked as a spare technical operator for radio station WDEV. He belonged to the Waterbury Congregational Church. Survivors include two sons, David and Thomas; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Lovely, Edmond F., 79, of Montpelier, died May 17. Born in 1918 in St. Albans, he was the son of Edmund and Zurah (Lemnah) Lovely. He attended Waterbury High School. He worked as a machinist in Hartford, Conn., during WWII. He returned to Waterbury and worked for the Vermont State Hospital, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Waterbury and St. Augustine Church of Montpelier. In 1950, he married Mary Laviolette. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sandra Cooper; two sons, Phillip and John; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Miller, Josephine A., 52, of Bethel, died May 16. Born in 1945 in Hanover, N.H., she was the daughter of Manuel and Lucille (Shurtleff) Miller. She was educated in Bethel schools and graduated from Whitcomb High School. She was a member of Miller Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include her twin sisters, Helen Miller; a brother, David Miller; aunts and cousins. 

Geake, Reginald E., 70, formerly of Williamstown, died May 18. Born in 1926 in Williamstown, he was the son of Edward and Minnie (Ratell) Geake. He received his early education in Barre and was nominated for a candidate to West Point in 1945. He served with the Army during the Korean War. He attended the University of Connecticut and St. Louis University and received an engineering degree from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in Hawthorne, CA. He worked at Edwards Air Force Base in CA. and at the aerospace program at Cape Canaveral, FL. He also worked at Rocketdyne Corp. He left the aerospace industry and returned to Vermont and owned and operated Mary's Market and Strout Realty, retiring in 1983. Survivors include a son, Dennis; two daughters, Regina Rebich and Sheila Bordeau; his mother; two brothers; a sister; his former wife, Hazel Parker Geake; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Mathews, Ernest D., formerly of Barre, died May 27 in Eustis, FL. He was born in Chelsea and worked as a motor vehicle inspector for the state of Vermont. He lived in Barre until 1976, when he moved to Eustis, FL. Survivors include his wife, Rose Mathews; two daughters, Sandra Cherepow and Susan Hanson; a sister; four grandchildren. 

Emmons, John F., 83, formerly of Montpelier, died April 26. Born in 1914 in Montpelier, he was the son of Louis and Frances (Keon) Emmons. He attended St. Michael's Graded School, graduated from St. Michael's High School and attended City College in New York City. He served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was a manufacturer's representative in the granite industry for 60 years. He was a member of St. Petronville Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Mary (Traynor) Emmons; two sons, John and Frank; four daughters, Margaret Sents, Susan Hoffman, Kathleen Mullane and Maureen Kawka; 17 grandchildren; two sisters. 

Sherman, Robert, 70, formerly of Montpelier, died May 19. Born in 1926 in Montpelier, he was the son of Elton and May (Freeman) Sherman. He attended Montpelier schools and served with the Navy during WWII. In 1957, he moved to Wisconsin where he was employed as a truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Arline Sherman; four daughters, Charmaine Duehring, Robin Staffin, Pauline Phillips and Laura Sherman; his mother; two brothers; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Fiske, Eveleen P., 81, of Duxbury, died May 22. Born in 1915 in Waterbury, she was the daughter of Johnston and Helen (Murray) Owens. She graduated from Burlington High School. In 1936, she married Fremont Fiske, who died April 1 of this year. She taught piano, violin, trumpet, guitar and organ. Survivors include two sons, Paul and Dwight; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Rice, Arabelle, 93, formerly of East Barre, died May 21. Born in 1903 in East Barre, she was the daughter of William and Lilla (Brooks) Blanchard. She graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1940, she married Theron Rice, who died in 1966. She taught in Barre Town and Hartford and was a teaching principal at Quechee Elementary School. She retired in 1971. Survivors include a stepson, Coy Rice; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two nieces, Phyllis Paquet and Olive Vermette.

Arnholm, Charles A., 79, of Barre, died May 25. Born in 1917 in Barre, he was the son of Charles A. and Nellie (Lascore) Arnholm. He attended Barre City schools and Spaulding High School. In 1940, he married Rachel Nichols. He provided school bus transportation in Barre Town before the consolidated school was built. He also owned and operated Arnholm's Body and Frame Shop and sold used cars on the Barre-Montpelier Road. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Tanis Olson and Christina Barnard; a foster daughter, Irene Morrill; four grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; a foster sister; one nephew; three nieces. 

Stackpole, Leona W., 91, of Montpelier, died May 28. Born in 1906 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Benjamin G. and Jennie (Lewis) Warren. She attended public schools in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School, Richardson Business School and from Montpelier Seminary. In 1926, she married Frank E. Stackpole, who died in 1963. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She had been employed at E.W. Bailey & Co., at Union Mutual Insurance and at National Life Insurance Co. She was a secretary and receptionist until her retirement in 1978. Survivors include a sister, Gladys Premo; a cousin; nieces and nephews. 

Millard, William H., 46, formerly of North Montpelier and Hardwick, died May 18. Born in 1951 in Hardwick, he was the son of William and Alice (Lawson) Millard. He received his early education in Hardwick and graduated from Montpelier High School. He attended college in Lawrence, Mass. and then enlisted in the Marine Corps. He earned a criminology degree from Metro University. In 1970, he married Jean Gallison. He drove truck for McClain Western Co. in Colorado and was a Colorado state trooper and member of the Colorado Highway Patrol. Survivors include his parents; a daughter, Stefanie (Mrs. Jeffrey) Salli; a son, Martin; two sisters; aunts and uncles; two nieces; and cousins. 

Macy, Arnold E., 57, of Barre, died May 23. Born in 1939 in Northfield, he was the son of Ernest and Lila (Hall) Macy. He attended schools in Northfield and served a tour of duty with the Army. Survivors include five sisters, Bernice Kimball, Ruth Jones, Doris Roberts, Elizabeth Kolinich and Phyllis Shambo; a cousin; nieces and nephews. 

Morey, Arthur P., Jr., 59, of East Montpelier, died May 26. Born in 1937 in Chelsea, he was the son of Arthur P. and Flossie (Dumont) Morey. He attended Chelsea Elementary School and Chelsea High School and served with the Navy during the Korean War. In 1972, he married Marilyn L. Roberts. He was employed by Allen Lumber Co. in Montpelier and at the former Sprague Electric plant in Barre. He was also employed by the Tex-Fax Co. and Wal-Mart, both in Houston, Texas. He returned to Vermont in 1996 living in East Montpelier. Survivors include his wife; a son, Bruce; a daughter, Bonnie Morey; a stepson, Sidney Nelson; a step-daughter, Sharon Martin; three sisters; an aunt and uncle; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Churchill, Nelson C., 63, formerly of Royalton, died May 19. Born in 1934 in Royalton, he was the son of Walter and Gladys (English) Churchill. He attended schools in Royalton. He worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corp. in Hartford, Conn., prior to serving with the Army. Most of his working years were spent as a carpenter, employed by Green Mountain Box in White River Junction and for several road construction companies. He retired in 1975. In 1977, he married Susan C. Cattanach. They moved to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., 18 years ago. Survivors include his wife; his mother; two sons, Nelson Jr. and Daniel; a daughter, Lorinda Allen; two stepsons, Robert Vesper and William Vesper Jr.; four brothers; two sisters; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Ashley, Alma M., 66, of Waterbury, died May 23. Born in 1931 in Waitsfield, she was the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Collins) Lamson. She was a graduate of Waterbury High School. She had worked as a housekeeper for the former Waterbury Inn and later as a waitress at several central Vermont restaurants, a nurse's aid at the former Boudreau Nursing Home in Moretown and a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn in Waterbury. She retired from the Vermont State Hospital in 1989 as a psychiatric technician. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Charles, Howard and James; nine grandchildren; four sisters; seven brothers; several nieces and nephews. 

Hurry, Elsie M., 90, of Barre Town, died May 26. Born in 1907 in Essex Junction, she was the daughter of Louis and Mary (LaPan) Bruya. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1934, she married Wendell Hurry, who died in 1983. She retired in 1969 from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, where she was supervisor in the licensing department. She was member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a niece, Kathryn Canton Watson; a grandniece; two grandnephews. 

Lyons, David E., Sr., 64, of Orange, died May 27. Born in 1932 in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of William and Abigail (Tucker) Lyons. He received his early education in St. John's School in Concord, N.H. and graduated from St. John High School. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from New England College in Henniker, N.H. and served with the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1962, he married Sandra McKay. He was employed as a civil engineer by the Vermont Department of Transportation and a volunteer of the Barre Town Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; two sons, David Jr. and Dan; two daughters, Kathy Norkeveck and Pam Town; four grandsons; his mother; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews. 

Biondi, Dario J., 81, formerly of Barre, died May 21. Born in 1915 in Barre, he was the son of Frank and Maria (Reffi) Biondi. He received his early education in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. He served with the Army during WWII. He was employed at Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies Corp. in Windsor Locks, Conn. Survivors include his wife, Beverly (Shepard) Locklin; a son, Michael; a stepson, Gary Locklin; three daughters, Frances Davidson, Nancy Biondi and Sandra Biondi; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister; three nieces and a nephew. 

Nerney, Francis J., 74, formerly of Websterville, died May 29. Born in 1922 in Websterville, he was the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen (O'Connor) Nerney. He attended local schools before moving to Connecticut. He graduated from Hartford High School (Conn.). In 1946, he returned to Vermont and married Toni Sarri, who died in 1973. He was office manager at the former Fred R. Holden Appliance Co. in Barre and later for Burbank Douglas Corp. of Portland, Maine. While living in the area, he was a member of St. Sylvester Parish. Survivors include two nieces, Patty Sharon and Elaine Williams; six nephews, Herbert and Thomas Armstrong; Thomas, Peter, Edward and William Nerney. 

Jerry, Vernal E., Sr., 76, of Barre, died May 25. Born in 1921 in Orange, he was the son of Bert and Elizabeth (Machia) Jerry. He attended schools in Orange and worked at Perry Auto in Barre. He worked at Boulevard Gardens and in 1986, became self-employed as a stone mason, retiring in 1991. In 1951, he married Beverly Canton. Survivors include his wife; a son, Vernal Jr.; a daughter, Judy Jerry; a brother; a sister; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Carpenter, Thelma M., 85, of Washington, died May 31. Born in 1911 in Washington, she was the daughter of Delmar and Irene (Flint) Carpenter. She attended graded school in Washington and Spaulding High School. She was town clerk and treasurer in Washington, retiring in 1983. She had been involved with the Washington Baptist Church and later with the Independent Gospel Church. She had represented the town of Washington in the Vermont Legislature from 1961-64. Survivors include several cousins and friends. 

Plagge, Gertrude, 94, formerly of Brookline, Mass. and more recently a resident of Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center, died May 29. Born in 1903 in Switzerland, she was the daughter of John and Rosina (Grose) Schwarz. In 1930, she married Auguste Plagge, who died in 1996. She worked in the local school system of Brookline (MA), from which she retired and was a member of the Methodist Church there. Survivors include two sons, Raymond and Peter; five grandchildren. 

Nelson, Bessie I., of Montpelier, died May 31. Born in 1912 in Springfield, Mass., she was the daughter of Arthur and Rebecca (Owen) Page. She came to Vermont in 1914 and attended schools in Hyde Park and Johnson. In 1935, she married Arthur Nelson, who died in 1961. She was a licensed practical nurse at the Vermont State Hospital, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Phillip; a daughter, Laura Hulbert; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; a sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Aiken, Bernard L., 85, of Barre Town, died June 4. Born in 1912 in Barre, he was the son of Lee and Grace (Hines) Aiken. He grew up and attended schools in Washington. He was employed as a polisher in the granite industry. In 1937, he married Dorothy Downing. They operated Aiken's Market on Washington Street from 1956 until 1966. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Lawrence and Douglas; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Wackernagel, Frederick, 85, of Montpelier, died May 30. Born in 1911, in Allentown, PA, he was the son of Rev. Frederick and Emily (Wisegarver) Wackernagel Jr. He received his education in PA and graduated from Wittenberg College in Ohio with a degree in journalism. He was an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during WWII. In 1949, he married Ingrid Williams. He was editor and journalist with the Associated Press in New York City and in public relations with W.R. Grace and Company, also of New York City. He was a member of the Christ Church (Episcopal). Survivors include his wife; a son, Frederick III; a daughter, Elin Wackernagel-Slotten; four grandchildren; two sisters; many nieces and nephews. 

Stafford, Pauline, 95, of Montpelier, died June 5. Born in 1902 in Orleans, she was the daughter of Amos and Ivy (Sweeney) Parlin. She graduated from high school in Island Pond and from the University of Vermont. In 1927, she married Dwight Stafford, who died in 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia (Mrs. Wallace) MacDonald; a grandson; nieces and nephews. 

Merrill, Priscilla, 71, of Berlin, died June 3. Born in 1926 in St. Johnsbury, she was the daughter of Charles and Doris (Colby) Canning. She attended st. Johnsbury schools and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy and later from Wilfred Academy of Cosmetology in Boston. In 1947, she married Deane P. Merrill. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Susan (Mrs. Charles) Keeler, Joanne (Mrs. Preston) Gilbert and Donna (Mrs. Donald) Cimorelli; six grandchildren. 

Larsen, John K., 71, of Montpelier, died June 1. Born in 1926 in Woodlynee, N.J., he was the son of John and Gorghild (Monsen) Larsen. He attended schools in New Jersey, received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in engineering from Yale University. He served with the Navy during the Korean War. In 1950, he married Dorothy E. Simons. He was a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut, retiring in 1993 and moving to Montpelier. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Woodbridge, CT. Survivors include his wife; a son, James; a daughter, Karen Sadek; a granddaughter; three brothers. 

Pugh, Albert, 74, formerly of Plainfield, died June 2. He was the son of Bert and Frances Pugh, a native of Port Heron, MI and graduated from Port Huron High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree at Goddard College and received a master's degree and doctorate degree in education from Michigan State University. In 1985, he retired from Radford University in Virginia as a professor emeritus. He was a member of Grace Church (Episcopal) of Radford (VA). Survivors include his wife, Anthea (Goodridge) Pugh; two daughters, Christy Bane and Leslie McNiece; a son, Spencer; a brother; six grandchildren; a step-grandchild; nieces, nephews and other relatives in central Vermont. 

Strong, Laurence W., 85, of Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, died May 29. Born in 1912 in Amityville, N.Y., he was the son of Charles and Frances (Wicks) Strong. He received his early education in Amityville, graduated from Amityville High School and studied horticulture at Cornell University. In 1939, he married Phoebe Angliss, who died in 1987. He was employed in the field of horticulture and retired to Florida in 1974. He had served in the Air Force during WWII. Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Mrs. Jeffrey) Cueto; a grandson; a brother; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Randall, Asa C., 76, formerly of Northfield Falls, died June 1 in Port Charlotte, FL. Born in 1921 in Cambridge, he was the son of Col. Dan Randall and Gertrude Randall. He had lived in Montpelier and Northfield Falls, before moving to Florida a year ago. He was employed by Green Mountain Power Corp. and treasurer of the Green Mountain Power Company Credit Union, an organization he founded. He served with the 897th Signal Corps and Army Air Corps. Survivors include his wife, Julia; four sons, Timothy, John, Asa and David; two daughters, Eva Ann and Linda Melendy; two brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Laprade, Lucille, 63, of Barre, died June 2. Born in 1934 in Northfield, she was the daughter of Leo and Rose (Marceau) Morel. She was educated in St. Monica School and attended Spaulding High School. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include her husband, Wilfred Laprade; two daughter, Debra Ricer and Lorena Laprade; five grandchildren; her mother; two brothers; four sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Lavigne, Verna L., 91, formerly of Barre, died May 30. Born in 1906 in Grand Rapids, MI, she was the daughter of Glenn and Nellie (Cilley) Clough. She attended schools in Grand Rapids and later moved to Detroit. In 1923, she married Horace Lavigne. They moved to Barre in 1935. She studied hairdressing in New York City and worked with her husband at Verna's Beauty Salon in Barre until 1980. Mr. Lavigne died in 1980 and she moved back to Grand Rapids in 1983. She was a former member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a cousin, Faye Schultheiss; several second cousins; nieces and nephews. 

Burke, Blanche E., 92, of Montpelier, died June 4. Born in 1905 in Wilton, Maine, she was the daughter of Ernest and Dora (Green) Gould. She and her husband, Earl, moved to Montpelier from Bangor, Maine. Mr. Burke died in 1988. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Bean; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. 

Potter, Harold S., 86, formerly of Wolcott, died June 5. Born in 1910 in Wolcott, he was the son of Bert and Ethel (Pike) Potter. He graduated from Hardwick Academy. In 1935, he married Pauline Willey. He had a long career in law enforcement, serving in the Vermont Highway Patrol and as chief of police in Rutland. He attended FBI Academy, graduating in 1943 and becoming an investigator for the National Auto Theft Bureau. He was fire investigator for the Vermont State Police, sheriff of Washington County and was employed by the state of Vermont as executive director of Vermont Law Enforcement Training Council. He retired in 1975. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Northfield. Survivors include his wife; two sons, David and Randall; two sisters; a brother; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Christiansen, Joyce, 78, of East Montpelier, died June 6. Born in 1919 in East Topsham, she was the daughter of Fred and Mary (Butterfield) Rowland. She received her early education in East Corinth and graduated from Bradford Academy and from Lyndon Normal School. In 1942, she married Stanley Lee Christiansen. She taught elementary school in Williamstown, Brookfield, Vershire, East Montpelier Center. She returned to college and obtained a bachelor's degree from Goddard College. She retired in 1984. She was a member of the Old Brick Church. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Stanley, Kristen and Andrew; nine grandchildren. 

Withrow, Doris Lindgren, 86, of Brookfield, died June 6. Born in 1910 in Concord, she was the daughter of Hugo and Clara (Johnson) Lindgren. She attended Concord schools and graduated from Concord High School. In 1935, she married John L. Withrow, who died in 1974. She had worked at the Fork Shop Restaurant until 1986 and was employed by Concord Electric Co. as office manager until her retirement. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Randolph. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Dunn and Jacalin Wilder; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece and two nephews. 

Calcagni, Mary B., 94, formerly of Barre, died June 8. Born in Carrara, Italy in 1902, she was the daughter of Napoleon and Adela (Padroni) Benedini. The family moved to South Ryegate in 1921. In 1924, she married Adolfo Calcagni, who died in 1963. She worked as a seamstress at Barre City Hospital and later at Central Vermont Medical Center. She was a member of Hedding United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Alfred; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a stepbrother; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Johnson, Victor H., 90, of Northfield, died June 5. Born in 1906 in Salamanca, N.Y., he was the son of Victor and Jennie (Prusinowski) Johnson. He was educated in Buffalo schools and received degrees from the University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Michigan. He served as head librarian at Norwich University. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. In 1941, he married Margory Zeilman, who died in 1982. The Johnsons were active in outdoor activities and hiked the entire Long Trail of Vermont and climbed all the peaks of New England. 

Abramovich, Jeanette, 74, of East Montpelier, died June 5. She was born in 1922 in Syracuse, N.Y. In 1946, she married Francis G. Abramovich, who died in 1996. They moved to East Montpelier in 1986. Survivors include a son, Fran Abramovich; two grandsons. 

Pelkey, Yvonne G., 61, of Waterbury, died June 9. Born in 1936, she was the daughter of Frank and Louise (Shangraw) Grenon. She graduated from Spaulding High School and Community College of Vermont. In 1961, she married Max Pelkey. She was a secretary in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Andrew's Church. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Elaine Pelkey and Karen Love; two sons, Charles and Kenneth; four grandchildren; her stepmother, Annette Grenon; a sister; two step-brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Newland, Ralph N., Sr., 52, of Tunbridge, died June 7. Born in 1944 in Sheffield, he was the son of Augustus and Cecile (Snelling) Newland. He attended schools there. He was a self-employed logger and trucker. He also worked as a gardener. In 1963, he married Ardell Bailey. They had both worked at Tunbridge World's Fair for the past nine years. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Wanda Lee Lawrence; a son, Ralph Jr.; four grandchildren; four adopted grandchildren; six brothers; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Turner, Charles A., 59, of East Barre, died June 8. Born in 1938 in Barre, he was the son of Roy and Clarabelle Turner. He was educated in St. Johnsbury Academy and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was most recently employed as a volunteer for Central Vermont Transportation Agency, Wheels. He had operated the Evergreen Auto Body Shop in South Barre. Survivors include his parents; two sons, Roy and Andrew; a daughter, Regina Turner; three grandchildren. 

Pierson, Phyllis F., 61, of Barre, died June 7. Born in 1935 in Holland, Vt., she was the daughter of Elmer and Dorothy (Swett) Todd. She graduated from Newport High School. In 1955, she married Arthur H. Pierson. She was employed as a secretary and monument order clerk by Cook, Watkins & Patch Co., Columbo Granite Co. and Lawson Granite Co., until the time of her death. She was a member of Hedding United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; her mother; two sons, Arthur and Jeffrey; two daughters, Donna Murphy and Lisa Pierson; four grandchildren; three brothers; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Warner, Leonard J., Jr., 64, formerly of Orange, died June 6. Born in Springfield, Mass., he was son of Leonard Warner Sr. and Mary (Howard) Warner. He lived most of his life in Westfield (MA) and graduated from Westfield High School. He continued his education at Cheshire Academy and attended Cornell University and Bates College. He served with the U.S. Army in Alaska. He was president of Warner Supply Co. in Westfield, and of Warner-Turner Supply Co. in Barre, retiring in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Madeline (Sawyer) Warner; four daughters, Beth Burns, Anne Killman, Kate Warner and Peg Warner; three sons, Leonard, Paul and Stephen; a brother; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Martin, Delia R., 79, of Montpelier, died Feb. 8. Born in 1918 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Emilio and Victoria (Caccicio) Molinari. She attended schools in Montpelier and was employed at Heaton Hospital in the housekeeping and dietary departments. In 1944, she married Eugene Martin Sr., who is deceased. Survivors include six sisters, Nettie Caccicio, Sylvia Johnson, Diane Morse, Olga Martin, Norma Macia and Irene Atkinson; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Morse, Emma M., 85, of Waterbury, died June 11. Born in 1911 in Huntington, she was the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Haskins) Dwire. In 1931, she married Col. Rex W. Morse, who died in 1956. They had operated Morse's Taxi Service in Waterbury. They raised two nephews, David and Donald Morse. Survivors include three sisters, Vasta Crozzoli, Margaret Smail and Marion Gokey; nieces and nephews. 

Harrington, Vera W., 97, formerly of Barre, died Feb. 28 in St. Petersburg, FL. She was born in Barre and attended the University of Vermont earning her bachelor's degree from Springfield (Mass.) College. She and her husband, Guy E. Harrington, lived in St. Petersburg, FL, where she attended the Congregational Church. Mr. Harrington died last year and a son Stanford Harrington, is also deceased. Survivors include three grandchildren, Barbara Harrington LaFerier, Sara Harrington and David Harrington; four great-grandchildren. 

Sanders, Barbara E., 73, of Northfield, died June 9. Born in 1923 in Brookfield, she was the daughter of Rufus and Minnie (Drown) Colgan. She received her early education in East Roxbury schools and graduated from Northfield High School. In 1943, she married Burton Sanders. She was employed at Northfield Wood Products and was police dispatcher for Northfield. She was also employed at Norwich University retiring in the mid-1980s. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Charles and Rockland; three daughters, Diane (Mrs. Allen) Chamberlin, Stacy Sanders and Trudy Jo (Mrs. Leslie) Daniels; three brothers; a sister; 13 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Lowery, Madeline Moore, 91, of Upper Websterville, died June 9. Born in Websterville in 1905, she was the daughter of John and Annie (Wark) Moore. She attended Websterville schools. In 1955, she married Gilbert Lowery, who died in 1968. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) and worked for the Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Survivors include three cousins, Louise Savage, Erlene Gilken and Arlene Smith; and more distant relatives. 

Warren, Donald P., 63, of Montpelier, died June 9. Born in 1934 in Montpelier, he was the son of Andrew and Helen (Ducker) Warren. He attended graded school and graduated from Montpelier High School. He served with the Air Force. In 1955, he married Judith Gibson. He was a salesman for Victor Manufacturing and Distributors of Hartford, Conn. and was employed as a branch manager for Pyrofax Gas Co. in Barre and South Windsor, Conn. and superintendent of Capital City Gas Co. in Montpelier. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. He had served with the Montpelier, South Windsor (Conn.) and Elmore fire departments. Survivors include his wife; two children, Steve and Valerie Warren Belanger; five grandchildren; a brother; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Conant, Doris Sargent, 78, of Randolph Center, died June 10. Born in 1918 in Randolph, she was the daughter of William Wales Sargent and Lydia (Bagley) Sargent. She attended Braintree and Randolph schools. In 1936, she married Edward W. Conant. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Randolph Center. Survivors include her husband; a son, E. Gordon; a daughter, Romona Strange; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. 

Darling, Richard E., 65, formerly of Montpelier, died June 11. Born in Montpelier, he was the son of Dwight and Ruth (Ingraham) Darling. He was a graduate of Concord Commercial College. He served with both the Army and Air Force and after discharge worked for Woodsville (N.H.) Water and Light, Bancroft Products in Concord, the Renaissance Center for the Treatment of Alcoholism in Proctorsville (Vt.), and at Belknap-Merrimack Manpower Corp. He was a former lay minister of Wesley United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sara (Sally) (Girard) Darling; a son, Richard; a daughter, Paula R. Russell; six grandchildren; a sister; several nieces and nephews. 

P rron, Victor L., 74, of Greensboro, died June 11. Born in 1922 in Greensboro, he was the son of Oscar and Annonica (Cliche) Perron. He spent his entire life in Greensboro. He was employed as a contractor. He was a communicant of St. Michael's Church and was a veteran of WWII. Survivors include his wife, Laurette Renaud Perron, whom he married in 1953; a son, Robert; a daughter, Alice Perron; a brother; a sister; a grandson and granddaughter; cousins. 

Sabin, James, Sr., 79, formerly of Waterbury and Barre, died June 11. Born in 1918 in Waterbury, he was the son of Dr. Henry W. and Tenie (Fisher) Sabin. He attended schools in Waterbury, graduating from the former Waterbury High School. He was a member of the Waterbury Fire Department and the Waterbury School Board. He most recently worked for the State in the Vocational Rehabilitation Center. He was a member of Wesley Methodist Church in Waterbury and later, Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. He was first married to Alberta Carpenter and later to Nancy Preston. Survivors include five daughters, Margaret Ann Anderson, Patricia Helen Sabin, Rebecca Sue Cantwell, Pauline Mary Sabin and Pamela Jane Merchant; a son, James Jr.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; three brothers; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Duquid, John E., 85, formerly of Barre, died June 8. He was born and brought up in Barre, the son of Mary (Lillie) and John Duquid. He attended local graded schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. Survivors include his wife, Helen; five children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; a sister. 

West, Louis J., 59, of Barre and formerly of Williamstown, died June 11. Born in 1937 in Barre Town, he was the son of Freddie and Helen (Eldridge) West. He attended schools in Calais and Barre. In 1958, he married Marjorie Poulin. He worked in delivery and did carpet installation for Lash Furniture Co. and Hooker's Wayside Furniture. He later became self-employed, retiring in 1993 and moving to Florida. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Brian, Robert and Richard; a daughter, Robin West; seven grandchildren. 

Reagan, Douglas M., 57, of Moretown, died June 10. Born in 1939 in Moretown, he was the son of Ruth (Cutler) and Merrill Reagan. He attended Moretown schools. In 1960, he married Sandra Caslani. He had worked at the M&R Store in Waitsfield and later purchased the business. He later owned and operated Mr. D's convenience store in Moretown, was employed by Petco as supervisor of mini-mart stores and more recently, he owned and operated the Petco store in Moretown, now known as Moretown General Store. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kirk and Bradley; a granddaughter; his mother; a sister; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

McFarland, Hester, M., 96, of Berlin, died June 6. Born in 1901 in New Harbor, Maine, she lived there most of her life, graduating from New Harbor High School. In 1921, she married Arthur McFarland, who died in 1975. Survivors include here daughter, Neva Gove; a granddaughter; a grandson; and a great-great-grandson. 

Rogers, Helen Dunphy, 92, of Montpelier, died June 5. Born in 1904 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she was the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Hayes) Dunphy. She graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College. She taught school in Saratoga Springs and the Albany City school district, retiring in 1974. She came to Vermont in 1982 and was a member of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church in Williamstown. Survivors include a son, Michael; two daughters, Rita Whitney and Mary Belle Isle; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband Francis Rogers, died in 1967. 

West, Freddie, 84, of Barre, died June 9. Born in 1913 in Barre Town, he was the son of Fred and Addie (LaFlower) West. His wife, Helen Eldridge West, died in 1950. He worked area farms and granite manufacturers and later for Clayton Carr Salvage and Scrap Metal in Northfield. Survivors include his son, Louis; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. 

Aubuchon, Beryl A., formerly of Montpelier, died June 7. She lived in Montpelier until 1960, moving to Massachusetts. Survivors include her husband, Leon; two sons, Paul and Brian; a daughter, Lisa; six brothers; a sister; several nieces and nephews.


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