Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1997

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Palmer, Vernal P., 67, of Tunbridge, died Nov. 4. Born in 1930 in Detroit, MI, he was the son of Paul Barney and Clara Belle (Hutchinson) Palmer. The family moved to Middlesex in the early 30s and he and his sister moved to East Randolph to live with John and Elsie Whitney Rogers. They moved to Tunbridge with the Rogers' family in 1940. He attended schools in Randolph, East Randolph and Tunbridge and served with the Army during the Korean War. In 1962, he married Lorraine Conradson. He was employed by A.H. Magalsky of Tunbridge, Darcier's Saw Mill in Chelsea and did tractor and logging work. He then was a carpenter for Maurice Clark of So. Royalton and later he and Craig Chapman established the Palmer & Chapman concrete foundation company. He and his son owned and operated Palmer & Son Foundations and he raised pigs with his daughter. Survivors include his wife; a son, Joseph; a daughter, Shelley Barnaby; five grandchildren; two sisters; a half-sister; two foster sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

White, Roger J., 71, formerly of Marshfield and more recently of Waynesville, N.C., died Nov. 1. Born in 1926 Enfield, CT, he was the son of Sylvester and Emma (Landry) White. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He and his wife, Patricia Bremner White, owned and operated the Marsh-Plain Motel in Marshfield from 1972 to 1983, moving to North Carolina in 1984. He was also an electrician. Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Martha Keating; two sons, Andrew and Roger; a stepson, Donald Mersereau; a sister; two brothers; six grandchildren. 

LaFrancis, Edwin L., 64, of Chelsea, died Oct. 31. Born in 1933 in Chelsea, he was the son of Everett and Bernice (Flint) LaFrancis. He attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School. In earlier years, he worked at the Ford Poultry Co. in Royalton, the Holstein Friesjan Association and Bartlett Tree Experts, both of Brattleboro. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam era. He worked for the Postal Service at the Barre City Post Office, retiring in 1994. In 1963, he married Florence Joan Chivers. They lived in Barre for 20 years and moved to Chelsea in 1994. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Michelle LaFrancis; two brothers; two sisters; an aunt; nieces and nephews. 

Corbett, Ruth R., 87, of Waterbury, died Nov. 1. Born in 1910 in Danville, she was the daughter of David and Emily (Green) Corbett. She attended schools in St. Johnsbury and Burlington. She was employed as a housekeeper for the O'Brien family in Burlington and for the past 49 years, made her home with Vera Hanks in Waterbury, where she also worked as a domestic. 

Hamblin, Catherine M., 67, of Montpelier, died Oct. 31. Born in 1930 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of William Moore and Florence (Jerd) Moore. She attended schools in Montpelier. She had been employed as a cook for several area restaurants including the former Miss Montpelier Diner, Wayside, Brown Derby, Stockyard Inn in Montpelier, Henry's Diner in Burlington and the Wagon Wheel in Groton. In 1947, she married Harold Lamphear Jr. In 1965, she married Andrew Hamblin, who died in 1978. Mr. Lamphear died in 1997. Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Machia, Jean LaFromboise and Gail Prim; three sons, Harold, William and Matthew; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister; three brothers; an aunt; several nieces and nephews. 

Cook, Marjorie B., 79, of Marshfield, died Oct. 31. Born in 1918 in Barton, she was the daughter of Edwin and Bertha (Place) Parker. She had been employed by the Vermont State Hospital and was a homemaker. In 1940, she married Arthur Cook. She was a member of the Marshfield United Church. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Edwin, David and Bruce; one daughter, Carla Burns; a sister; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. 

Murray, James G., III, 68, formerly of Barre and more recently of Springfield, died Oct. 31. Born in 1929 in Barre, he was the son of James Murray II and Dorothy Bressett Murray. He was educated in Barre City schools. He was employed by the Vermont Marble quarries. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Wheeler Murray; three sons, Jeffrey, James and Ronald; four daughters, Kathleen Goodrich, Christine Murray, Pamela Murray and Lori Wright; a half brother; a sister; 10 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Walker, Edward H., Sr., 87, of Berlin, died Oct. 31. Born in 1909 in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of Clarence and Pearl Walden (Hayden) Walker. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a forestry degree and received a master's in forestry from Yale University. He served with the Army during WWII. In 1935, he married Dorothy Moore, who died in 1991. They moved to Vermont in 1947 and he accepted the position of county forester and later became northern district forester for the Vermont Forestry Department, from which he retired. He was active in the Berlin Congregational Church. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Barrett; a son, Edward Walker Jr.; a sister; a cousin; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Mack, George L. Sr., 71, of South Walden, died Nov. 2. Born in 1926 in Plainfield, N.J., he was the son of George and Mabel (Love) Mack. He served with the Navy during WWII and founded Middlesex Tool Company, a machine and fabrication shop in New Jersey. He retired in 1982. Survivors include a sons, George; two daughters, Beverly Conway and Laurie Mack-Warden; a half-sister; seven grandchildren; his companion, Susan McLean; a nephew. 

Montgomery, Burton P., 79, of East Brookfield, died Nov. 3. Born in 1917 in Randolph, he was the son of Erwin and Nellie (Bird) Montgomery. He attended schools in Randolph, East Brookfield and Vermont Agricultural College in Randolph Center. He also completed correspondence studies in agriculture from Lasalle University. In 1941, he married Florence Gilmore. They lived on the family farm in Montgomery and in addition to farming, he tended a garden, hauled milk, raised poultry, logged and did beekeeping. He sold the farm in 1969, and he and his brother, Jack, managed a logging operation. He also sold real estate for Peterson Realty of Burlington. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Theresa Coutts, Marguerite Montgomery and Judith Prive; two brothers; a sister; 10 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Williams, Walter L., 73, of Randolph, died Nov. 2. Born in 1924 in Atlanta, GA, he was the son of Willie and Viola (Mangum) Williams. He married Velma Dikens and they moved to Tunbridge in 1970. He was a long-haul truck driver, driving for the Teamsters in New England. Mrs. Williams died in 1993. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Survivors include an aunt and several nieces and nephews. 

Livingston, Freeda I., 87, of Waitsfield, died Nov. 3. Born in 1910 in Waitsfield, she was the daughter of Perley and Mabel (Durgey) Bonnette. She received her education in Waitsfield schools. In 1950, she married Sterling Livingston, who died in 1994. She was a housekeeper and operated her brother's service station during WWII. She later became a homemaker. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

Cheney, Margaret W., 91, formerly of Barre, and more recently of Springfield, Mass., died Nov. 2. She was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and lived in Barre before moving to Springfield. She was a sales clerk at the Homer Fitts Company, retiring in 1971. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Fountain; a brother; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. 

Biggs, Frank L., 69, of Barre, died Nov. 1. Born in 1927 in Barre, he was the son of James and Lucy (Wells) Biggs. He attended Barre schools, graduating from Spaulding High School. He joined the Army and served in the European Theater of Operations. He then enrolled at Babson College in Boston, Mass., graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and worked at the former Watdron-Shield Granite Co. in Barre, a family-owned business. He began work for Smith, Whitcomb and Cook Co. in 1960, retiring in 1986. In 1962, he married Laura Fracassi. He was a member of the Air Force Reserve and the Vermont Air National Guard and was affiliated with the Church of Good Shepherd (Episcopal) of Barre. Survivors include their son, Paul Lewis Biggs; three children from a previous marriage, Bruce, Kevin and Donna Biggs; two stepsons, Douglas and Brian Gingras; a stepdaughter, Leslie Gingras Capitano; 10 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; a sister. 

Carr, Phillips W., Sr., 71, of Tunbridge, died Nov. 1. Born in 1926 in Waterbury, he was the son of Elmer and Ruth (Wescott) Carr. He attended elementary schools in Connecticut and New York and attended Thomaston (Ct.) High School. In 1950, he and his family moved to Tunbridge. In 1961, he married Dorothy Pray Ives. He was employed at Waterbury Plastics in Randolph, retiring in 1989. Survivors include his wife; two children, Sylvia Chandler and Phillips Carr Jr.; four stepchildren, Edith Heath, Barbara Ives, Denis Ives and Bruce Ives; a granddaughter;10 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Libercent, Norma E., 70, of South Woodbury, died Nov. 1. Born in 1927 in East Barre, she was the daughter of Alonzo and Catherine (Maclaine) Taplin. She received her early education in East Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. She graduated from Sheldon Academy of Beauty Culture in Burlington and was manager of the Beauty Bar in Barre. In 1951, she married Paul Libercent. She owned and operated Paula's Beauty Shop for 19 years. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Paula Libercent, Pamela Hammond, Pattie Libercent and Penny Libercent; a brother; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Donald, Robert E., 70, of Calais, died Nov. 11. Born in 1927 in Topsham, he was the son of Robert and Marion (King) Donald Sr. He attended Topsham schools and served with the Navy Seabees during WWII. He was employed by Lilly Fuels in Montpelier and later by S.T. Griswold Co. in Williston. In 1947, he married Joan Bruce. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Lucinda Webster and Linda Taylor; a son, Harold Donald; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters; one brother. 

Betchelder, Everett J., 58, of Groton, died Nov. 4. Born in 1939 in Burke Hollow, he was the son of Harold and Beatrice (Hackett) Batchelder. He was employed at Rock of Ages, retiring due to ill health. He also served with the Vermont National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Morris Batchelder; two daughters, Barbara White and Beatrice Parker; a son, James; five grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; an aunt; an uncle; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Schaefer, Howard R., 73, of Montpelier, died Nov. 11. Born in 1924 in Randolph, he was the son of Ernest and Christine (Iltgen) Schaefer. He graduated from Montpelier High School. He managed his father's farm and was employed by Allen Lumber Co. In recent years, he was a self-employed finish carpenter. In 1946, he married Beverly Mae Coppins. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Martha Jane Vickers; a son, Douglas; two sisters; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Bryant, Edith P., 69, of Hardwick, died Nov. 8. Born in 1928 in Barnet, she was the daughter of Archie and Inez (Sheldon) Donaghy. She attended public schools in Hardwick. She was first married to Eugene Langford and later to LeRoy Bryant. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Dennis Jr.; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; two brothers; a sister; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Bly, Heather C., formerly of Montpelier, died Nov. 5 in Hudson, Fla. She lived in Montpelier before moving to Florida in 1994 and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Her husband, E. Beach Bly, died in April. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Day and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. 

Taylor, Harold E., 85, of Williamstown, died Nov. 13. Born in 1912 in East Montpelier, he was the son of William and Margaret (LaRow) Taylor. he received his early education in Brookfield East Hill School. In 1935, he married Sadie Alexander. He worked at the Goodrich Dairy in Northfield and later for the State of Vermont Highway Department. He and his wife also owned and operated the Alexander farm for many years. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jean Fisher; a son, David; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Delude, Michelle M., 14, of Northfield, died Nov. 14. Born in 1983 in Berlin, she was the daughter of Francis and Donna (Poulen) Delude. She was a freshman at Northfield High School and was a member of varsity hockey cheerleading squad. She played softball and was a member of the junior varsity soccer team and the Students Helping Improve Northfield's Enthusiasm (SHINE) peer leadership group. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include her custodial guardian and cousin, Toni Lawrence; her father, Francis Delude; a sister, Danielle Delude; a grandmother, Lila Poulen; a half-brother, Matthew Cummings; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Parry, Arthur J., 72, of Barre, died Nov. 14. Born in 1924 in Barre, he was the son of Arthur and Lillian (Gonyo) Parry Sr. He attended Barre schools. In 1944, he married Louise Griffith. He served with the Marine Corps from 1942-49. He had been employed at the F.D. Ladd Co. in Barre, at Cross Bakery in Montpelier and was also a sandblaster for several area granite manufacturers. He and his wife owned and operated Twin City Memorials on the Barre-Montpelier Road. He was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Bonnie Valadez; two sons, Arthur III and Bert; three brothers; one sister; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Hayward, Lela J., 91, of Marshfield, died Nov. 11. Born in 1906 in Marshfield, she was the daughter of Richard and Jennie (Carpenter) Annis. She grew up in Groton. Her husband, George B. Hayward, is deceased. Survivors include nieces and nephews. 

Barry, Mabel A., 89, of Brookfield, died Nov. 12. Born in 1908 in Enid, OK, she was the daughter of Karl and Mary Jane (Thompson) Arnold. She graduated from Enid High School and from law school in Washington, D.C. In 1944, she married William F. Barry, who died in 1983. They lived in Arlington, Va., where she practiced law, retiring in 1977. She had lived with her son in Brookfield since 1995. She had been a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, VA. Survivors include her son, William; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Owen, David H., 89, of Randolph, died Nov. 13. Born in 1908 in Bethel, he was the son of Herbert and Bertha (Derby) Owen. He was educated in Randolph and Bethel Gilead schools. In 1935, he married Irene Perry, they divorced. He later married Dorothy Dow, who died in 1960. He married Gladys Martell, who died in 1976. He worked at the Savage Mill and the Randall Mill and later owned and operated a dairy farm. He also worked as a carpenter, paper hanger. Survivors include a son, Arthur; a daughter, Veronica Armstrong; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. 

Demingware, Cora, 95, of Moretown, died Nov. 13. Born in 1902 in St. Albans Bay, she was the daughter of Henry Richard and Delia (Belliveau) Richards. She attended schools in St. Albans Bay. In 1924, she married Ernest Demingware, who died in 1980. She was a member of St. Augustine Church. Survivors include a son, Wilson; a daughter Eva Barrows; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Magoon, Vesta K., 99, of Hardwick, died Nov. 9. Born in 1898, she was the daughter of Clarence and Ellen (Knapp) Knapp. She attended public schools in Hardwick and graduated from Hardwick Academy. In 1956, she married Walter Oliver Magoon, who died in 1967. She worked at Granite Trust Co. and remained there through the mergers of Hardwick Savings Bank and the Granite Trust Co. She also worked for Barcomb Motors as bookkeeper, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick. Survivors include cousins, George Webster, Dorothy Webster, Phyllis Mecurio and Pearl Webster. 

Malas, Hilda H., 86, of Barre, died Nov. 2. Born in 1911 in East Ryegate, she was the daughter of Ray and Maude (Simonds) Hayes. She lived most of her life in Groveton, N.H. and graduated from the Houle Beauty Academy in Manchester, N.H. She owned and operated the Little Dutch Beauty Shoppe in Groveton. She and her mother also operated a rooming house. She had lived with her daughter, Charay Malas in Chelsea before moving to Rowan Court Nursing Home. She was a local news correspondent for the Berlin (N.H.) Reporter, St. Johnsbury Caledonia Record and the Lancaster (N.H.) Democrat. She wrote "Hilda's Handy Household Hints." She cared for many animals and donations may be made in her name to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, Vt. 05602. Survivors include her daughter, Charay Malas. 

Sayah, Leo E., 91, of Williamstown, died Nov. 10. Born in 1906 in Orange, he was the son of Wilford and Josephine (Blow) Sayah. He attended Orange school. In 1938, he married Aline LaPerle, who died in 1993. He worked in road maintenance on town roads for the town of Orange and later owned and operated a farm in Williamstown until he retired. He was a member of St. Edward's Church in Williamstown. Survivors include three daughters, Rita (Mrs. Clyde) Bedell, Cecile Sayah and Alice (Mrs. Alphonse) LaRocque; a son, Leo; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Shepard, Harold A., 90, of Berlin, died Nov. 9. Born in 1907 in Berlin, he was the son of Emanuel and Charlotte (St. John) Shepard. He received his education in Berlin. He had served in the Army during WWI. In 1937, he married Alda Bertelli. He owned and operated Shepard Moving Co., retiring in the later 1970s. He was a member of St. Augustine Church. Survivors include his wife; a sister, Ruth Bishop; a brother, Carl; several nieces and nephews. 

West, Richard R., 66, of Duxbury, died Nov. 11. Born in 1930 in Waterbury, he was the son of Herbert and Goldie (Hill) West. He graduated from Waterbury High School. In 1954, he married Henrietta Sherman, who died in 1990. He was a stonecutter, worked in maintenance at the Vermont State Hospital and worked for IBM, retiring in 1992. He served with the Waterbury Army National Guard Unit. Survivors include a daughter, Susan West; a son, Herbert; three grandchildren; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Darling, Basil A., 84, formerly of Barre, East Barnet and St. Johnsbury, died Nov. 6 in North Haverill, N.H. He was born in 1912 in Barre, the son of Harley and Della (LaFleur) Darling. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was employed as operator of the Comerford Dam in East Barnet. Survivors include his wife, Jean (Flynn) Darling; four sons, Greg, Chris, Gary and Matthew; eight grandchildren.

Fernandez, Doris C., 75, of Montpelier, died Nov. 17. Born in 1922 in Middlesex, she was the daughter of Charles and Dora (Barlow) Cooney Sr. She attended Middlesex Grade School and Montpelier High School. In 1941, she married Louis Fernandez, who died in 1989. They owned and operated Fernandez Market until 1988. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Fernandez; a son, Phillip Fernandez; two grandchildren; four sisters; a brother; her stepfather; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Peakes, Margaret T., 87, formerly of Montpelier, died Nov. 17. Born in St. Austel, Cornwall, England, she moved to Springfield, Mass. at age five. She attended Bryant and Stratton Secretarial School. In 1940, she married Robert Peakes. She was secretary to the post exchange officer at Columbia Air Base in S.C., while her husband was stationed there. They moved to Montpelier where she worked as an interior decorator. She also worked as an interior decorator for National Life Insurance Co. and later became assistant director of the sales promotion division. After she retired, she owned and operated a Christmas Barn in Moretown until moving to Brewster, Mass. in 1978. Survivors include her husband; nieces and nephews. 

Conti, Reno J., 79, formerly of Barre, died Nov. 13. He graduated from the University of Vermont and George Washington University and was a veteran of the Air Force, serving in the European Theater. He was employed as chief of the Congressional Research Department of the Library of Congress. Survivors include his wife, Katherine E. Conti; two daughters, Terri Conti and Eleanor Conti; a sister; a brother; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. 

Reynolds, Helen H., 91, of East Montpelier, died Nov. 15. Born in 1906 in Williamstown, she was the daughter of Leon and Anna (Reed) Hart. She attended schools in Brookfield. In 1924, she married Harold Reynolds, who died in 1962. She worked at Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant in Barre, retiring in 1982. Survivors include two grandsons, Randy Reynolds and Daniel Reynolds; two great-granddaughters; nieces and nephews. 

Fitts, Doris M., 73, formerly of Barre, died Nov. 15. Born in 1924 in Barre, she was the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Milne) Paterson. She attended Barre City elementary schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1946, she married H. Wendell Fitts. She was a sales clerk at Homer Fitts Company, which was owned by her husband. She was a member of the Barre Congregational Church and attended St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center, Fla., where they retired to. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Wendy Marcotte; five sons, Donald, David, Stephen, Robbie and Scott; 11 grandchildren; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Feierabend, Margaret, 86, formerly of Tunbridge, died Nov. 19. Born in Little Rock, Ark., she was the daughter of Corley Gee Price and Ethel Woods Price. She graduated from Vassar College and received a master's degree from Albany State Teacher's College. In 1935, she married William Herold Feierabend, who died in 1990. She was a teacher in Red Hook, N.H. Survivors include three daughters, Carol Feierabend, Dale Schrader and Joan Feierabend; seven grandchildren. 

Sweet, Frank R., 76, of Waterbury, died Nov. 18. Born in 1921 in Middlesex, he was the son of Raymond and Ethel (Chipman) Sweet. He attended schools in Middlesex. He worked for Central Vermont Railroad for several years and later was a farmer and logger in the Waterbury area. He retired in 1982. Survivors include his longtime companion, Eva Richardson; a daughter, Gloria Santamore; seven grandchildren; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Parizo, Ruby E., 79, of Waterbury, died Nov. 18. Born in 1918 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Charles and Evelena (Dubie) Pelkey. She attended schools in Duxbury. In 1935, she married Raymond Parizo, who died in 1965. She worked at Pratt and Whitney Corp. in Conn., during WWII and later at National Clothespin Co. in Montpelier, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Andrew's Church in Waterbury. Survivors include a brother, Max Pelkey; nieces and nephews. 

LeMay, Alice M., 92, of Montpelier, died Nov. 18. Born in 1904 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Adelord and Eva (LeMay) LeMay. She received her early education at St. Michael's Grade School and graduated from Montpelier High School. She worked at National Life Insurance Company and following retirement, was a receptionist and bookkeeper at St. Augustine Rectory. She was a member of St. Augustine Parish. Survivors include two sisters, Florida Pinard and Helen Dell; many nieces and nephews. 

Pratt, Leonard L., 83, of Waterbury, died Nov. 19. Born in 1914 in Underhill, he was the son of Peter and Elsie (Butler) Pratt. He attended schools in Underhill. In 1935, he married Clara Abare. He was a lathe operator at Pilgrim Plywood Co., worked at Demerritt Co. and at the Stoneware Co. in Stowe. He retired from Gallagher Lumber in 1974. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Elizabeth Kling; a son, Hollis Pratt; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. 

Michaelis, Gerri, 40, of Marshfield, died Nov. 18. Born in 1957 in Camden, N.J., she was the daughter of Gerard and Barbara (Meldrum) Schlindwein. She graduated from Cinnaminson, N.J. high school and in 1988, married Mark Michaelis. She was a personnel assistant with the Rural Development Agency of the USDA in Montpelier. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in N.J. and the North American Martyrs Church in Marshfield. Survivors include her husband; her father; three sisters, Barbara Zimmermann, Patty Schlindwein and Peggy Engleman; two brothers, Paul Schlindwein and Larry Schlindwein; many nieces and nephews. 

Martin, Arnold, 60, formerly of Woodbury and more recently of Arkansas, died Nov. 13. Born in 1937 in Woodbury, he was the son of Harold and Phoebe (Shedd) Martin Sr. He attended Woodbury School and served with the Army. He had been employed at Ralston Purina Co. in St. Johnsbury and later owned and operated a garage in Walden and was an auctioneer. He also worked for White Pass Railroad in Alaska and operated a tractor-trailer business, before becoming physically disabled. Survivors include, Bonnie; two sons, Arnold Jr. and Greg; two daughters, Deborah Walsh and Lisa Martin; a sister; two brothers; an aunt; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Rossi, L. Kevin, 42, of Montpelier, died Nov. 17. Born in 1955 in Barre, he was the son of Lawrence and Nelda (Giannoni) Rossi. He attended Berlin Elementary School, graduated from U-32 High School and attended Johnson State College. He later attended the University of Wyoming. He was employed as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Sheri (Jerd) Rossi; his parents; a son, Zachary; a daughter, Elisabeth; a brother; a sister; a niece; a nephew; aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Duffy, Richard W., 63, of Waterbury Center, died Nov. 19. Born in 1934 in Waterville, he was the son of Richard and Hilda (Patterson) Duffy. He attended schools in Waterville and Jeffersonville. In 1953, he married Joan C. Gibbs. He was an electrician for G.W. Electrical Service in Waterbury, retiring in 1996. Survivors include his wife; his mother; two sons, Alan and Ryan; a grandson; three granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; two sisters; two brothers; an aunt; nieces and nephews. 

Marshall, Emma B., 63, of Waterbury Center, died Nov. 14. Born in 1933 in Duxbury, she was the daughter of Clair and Sophy (Ravelin) Forkey. She attended Duxbury Corner School and graduated from Waterbury High School. In 1955, she married Milo Marshall, who died in 1992. She was employed in the research department of the Vermont State Hospital and worked with her husband in the family-owned business, Milo Marshall Excavation. She also owned and operated The Spinning Wheel in Waterbury Center. Survivors include a son, Dennis; two grandchildren; her father; a sister; nieces and nephews. 

Day, Alvin W., Sr., 69, of Williamstown, died Nov. 15. Born in 1928 in Brookfield, he was the son of John and Esther (Tabor) Day. He attended elementary school in Randolph and graduated from Williamstown High School. He was employed by the State of Vermont Department of Employment Security. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1953, he married Joyce Brookshire. Survivors include his wife; his mother; three sons, Alvin Jr., Stephen and J. Gregg; two grandsons; three brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Kendall, Roland E., 69, of Randolph, died Nov. 15. Born in 1928 in Braintree, he was the son of Robert and Rena (Keach) Kendall. He was educated in Braintree and graduated from Randolph High School. He was a lineman for Central Vermont Public Service Corp. in Randolph, retiring in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Irene Rood Kendall, whom he married in 1950; three daughters, Janel Barut, Jeannine gay and Julie Williams; two brothers; six grandchildren. 

Lesure, Carole A., 57, of Montpelier, died Nov. 14. Born in 1940 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Virginia Gilbert. She was adopted by Elmer and Ethel (Davis) Bigelow shortly after. She grew up in Berlin and later in Montpelier, where she attended schools. In 1957, she married William Robinson, who died in 1968. In 1992, she married John "Jack" Lesure. She had lived in Northfield and worked at Norwich University before retiring in 1992. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Marilyn Robinson; two sons, Jerried Robinson and Terry White; six grandchildren; her birth mother; several brothers and sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Codling, Cresswell A., 60, of Marshfield, died Nov. 20. Born in 1937 in East Montpelier, he was the son of Dorothy (Willey) and Cresswell Codling. He attended elementary school in Marshfield and graduated from Marshfield High School. In 1957, he married Ellen Welch. He was a self-employed plumber and electrician. He was a member of the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department and a current member of the Board of Selectmen for the town of Marshfield. Survivors include his wife; his mother; a daughter, Sarah Terhune; two sons, Cresswell and Timothy; eight grandchildren; a brother; two sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Fitch, George Harvey, 82, of East Montpelier, died Nov. 23. Born in 1915 in East Montpelier, he was the son of Clarence and Francis Mary (Harvey) Fitch. He attended school in East Montpelier and graduated from the Vermont Agricultural School in Randolph. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and a longtime member of Agway. He was director of the Adamant Co-op and Adamant Credit Union, was a 4-H leader and served as a lister for the Town of East Montpelier. He was a school board director and was currently a cemetery commissioner. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara Helene Cassavoy Fitch; one daughter, Kathleen Doner; one son, Bruce; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 

Halonski, Pauline, 63, of Waterbury, died Nov. 20. Born in 1934 in Brandon, she was the daughter of Alfred and Helen (Rogers) Pearce. She attended schools in Warren. She worked at Mehuron's Grocery Store in Irasville and later was a housekeeper in the central Vermont area. She had been married to Manley Blaisdell and later Robert Halonski. Survivors include a son, Terry Pearce Sr.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters; six brothers; nieces and nephews. 

LeMay, Monique R., 84, of Montpelier, died Nov. 21. Born in 1912 in St. Alexis, Quebec, she was the daughter of John and Bernadette (Turcotte) LeMay. She received her education in Canada. She had been employed as a private housekeeper in Montpelier and later worked at Heaton House as a nurse's aide. She retired in 1979. She was a member of St. Augustine's Church. Survivors include her brother, Robert J. LeMay; a niece, Judy LeMay; and a nephew, Bernard Dufresne.


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