Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1997

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Phelps, Olan K., 54, of Wolcott, died Nov. 28. Born in 1943 in Wolcott, he was the son of Burton and Dorothy (Grant) Phelps. He attended public schools in Wolcott and Peoples Academy. In 1964, he married Ruth Cleveland. He and his wife owned and operated Phelps Trucking in Wolcott. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Ronda Lang and Robin Flood; four brothers, Edward, Lloyd, Roland and Dale; five sisters, Lillian Byrns, Luella Gomez, Dorothy Graves, Clover Towne and Carmelita Belisle; five grandchildren; two aunts; two uncles; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

DeForge, Dorothy F., 86, of Barre, died Nov. 25. Born in 1911 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of John and Florence (Cadett) Johnson. She attended schools in Montpelier. In 1929, she married Wilfred DeForge, who died in 1965. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include seven daughters, Joan Fitzgerald, Florence Morris, Betty Paul, Mary Cannon, Ramona David, Shirley Klug and Arlene Roach; two sons, Rodney and Charles; 27 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. 

Noelk, Victor H., 74, of Graniteville, died Nov. 27. Born in 1923 in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Victor and Mildred (Thomas) Noelk. He attended schools in Conifer, N.Y. and graduated from Tupper Lake High School. He served with the Army during WWII. In 1947, he married Helen Joan Edwards. They moved to Barre in 1968 and to Graniteville in 1993. He worked for the L.B. Smith Co. of Barre, retiring in 1968 as manager. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Douglas, Bradford and Curtis; a daughter, Molly (Mrs. Jon) Bucci; three grandchildren; a brother; an aunt; a niece and a nephew. 

Weston, Alvin J., 88, of Middlesex, died Nov. 27. Born in 1909 in Duxbury, he was the son of William and Maud (Page) Weston. He attended schools in Huntington. He farmed and had been employed as a lumberman and a milk route driver, retiring in 1960. In 1933, he married Lila Longley. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Winston Sr. and Frederick; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several cousins. 

Geary, Gwendoline M., 91, of Barre Town, died Nov. 22. Born in 1906 in Falmouth, England, she was the daughter of Edmund and Emily (Scoble) Penhallurick. She moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1930. She married Glenfield Geary and they moved to South Barre in 1972. He died in 1979. She was employed as a check inspector for Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams, Mass. Survivors include a daughter, Helen (Mrs. George) Schwarzer; a son, Richard; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. 

Elmer, Herbert E., 78, of Graniteville, died Nov. 26. Born in 1919 in St. Albans, he was the son of Herbert and Eva (LeFebvre) Elmer. He attended school in Orange. During WWII, he served with the Army. In 1941, he married Claire Benoit. He and his wife owned and operated Benoit's Store in Lower Graniteville. He later worked for L.D. Hutchins Insulation Co. of Barre, from which he retired. He attended St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. Survivors include his wife; a son, Herbert; a daughter, Sandra (Mrs. Douglas) Compo; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews. 

Upham, Mariah L., infant daughter of Greg and Penny (Hill) Upham, died Nov. 26. She was born Nov. 8. Survivors include her parents; her paternal grandmother, Florence Upham; her maternal grandparents, Alfred and Anna Hill; a stepbrother, Kevin Upham; many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Pellon, Blanche E., 83, of Berlin, died Nov. 23. Born in 1914 in Worcester, she was the daughter of Charlie and Florence (Brown) Philbin. She grew up in the Worcester and Calais area. She was first married to Leon Wheeler and later to Raymond Pellon. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; a son, Edward; a daughter, Florence Dickinson; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Bryan, Hortense G., 94, of Montpelier, died Nov. 24. Born in 1903 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, she was the daughter of Lorenzo and Evangelina (Sanchez) Gomez. She moved to Key West, FL, and attended schools there. In 1933, she married Stuart Bryan, who died in 1985. They had moved to Montpelier, where she was known for her oil paintings. She was a member of St. Augustine Parish. Survivors include three sons, Robert, Stuart Jr. and Richard; a sister; a brother; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Giroux, Adelina L., 95, formerly of Randolph, died Nov. 23. Born in 1902 in East Hereford, Quebec, she was the daughter of Moise and Rosa (Duranleau) Riendeau. She was educated in Canada. In 1920, she married Oscar Giroux, who died in 1971. They operated a farm in Rochester Hollow. She had lived in R.I. since 1996. Survivors include two sons, Armand and Paul; a daughter, Sister Aline Giroux; a brother; three sisters; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; more than 100 nieces and nephews. 

Cain, Josephine L., 82, of Barre, died Nov. 22. Born in 1915 in Olean, N.Y., she was the daughter of Edward and Rose (Swart) O'Shaughnessy. She graduated from Olean High School and Westbrook Commercial Academy in N.Y. She had been employed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. for several years. In 1943, she married Oscar Cain, who died in 1991. They moved to Barre in 1956 and she worked for the State of Vermont Council on Aging before she retired. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a son, Michael Cain; a daughter, Karen Cain; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Ingersoll, Richard L., 51, of Berlin, died Dec. 2. Born in 1946 in Montpelier, he was the son of Charles and Beryl (Briggs) Ingersoll. He received his early education in Montpelier, graduated from Montpelier High School and attended Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. In 1967, he married Diana Dodson. He was a civil engineer employed by Knight Engineering Consulting in Williston. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Ingersoll; a sister; several cousins. 

Drury, Robert H., 64, of Northfield, died Nov. 29. Born in 1932 in Barre, he was the son of William and Edith (Stevens) Drury. He attended Barre schools. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1956, he married Joan Partlow. He was a stonecutter, having worked for Rock of Ages Corp. and Montpelier Granite Works, and retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Douglas, David and Daniel; three daughters, Deborah Croteau, Denise Mercadante and Daphney Williams; two brothers; three sisters; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. 

Russell, Howard C., 90, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 2. Born in 1906 in Barre, he was the son of William Walker Russell and Ida May (Cluness) Russell. Prior to retirement, he was a federal bank examiner working for the United States Government. His wife, Mary Storti Sassi Russell, died in May of this year. He had been a member of Barre Congregational Church and was a Navy veteran of WWII. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Russell; a stepson, Charles Sassi; eight step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren. 

Blais, Leo J., 66, of Barre, died Dec. 1. Born in 1931 in Barre, he was the son of Arthur and Louise (Stacy) Blais. He attended Ayers Street and Lincoln schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. IN 1952, he married Earlene Shannon. He served with the Army National guard and while on active duty, he served two tours in Vietnam. He was first employed by Sealtest Ice cream Co. of Barre and later as a draftsman for Buttura & Son Granite Co. and North Barre Granite Co. He later became bookkeeper for Twin City Sandblast and was employed at Timber Village in Quechee. Survivors include his wife; a son, Dr. Mark Blais; three daughters, Sheila Duranleau, Lynn Blais and Shannon Blais; eight grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Abbott, William R., Jr., 74, formerly of Calais, died Nov. 30. Born in 1923 in East Calais, he was the son of William and Helen (Gray) Abbott. He attended schools in East Calais and Cabot. He served in the Army with the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. In 1950, he married Patricia H. (Smith) Abbott. He worked at Cone Blanchard Machine Tool Co., retiring in 1986. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael; three daughters, Debra Kelly, Donna Dougher and Kathleen O'Neill; two brothers; a sister; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Peck, Harold A., 84, of Williamstown, died Nov. 30. Born in 1913 in East Montpelier, he was the son of Addison and Mamie (Felix) Peck. He attended the Plainfield School. In 1939, he married Violet E. Bernier. He was a truck driver for many years for the Ray Churchill Trucking Co., a granite transfer company, from which he retired. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Shirley J. Barnhill and Sandra E. Field; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Ward, Francis X., 92, of Berlin, died Dec. 3. Born in 1905 in New York City, he was the son of John and Anna (Kerrigan) Ward. In 1923, he married Irene Carroll. They bought a farm in East Calais in 1955. She died in 1993. He worked at Consolidated Edison Electric Co. and had served in the New York City Police Department prior to moving to Vermont. Survivors include a son, the Rev. Donald Ward; two daughters, Rosemary Barrow and Dorothy Connolly; 12 grandchildren; 10 grat-grandchildren. 

Nailer, Leila L., 88, of Barre, died Dec. 4. Born in 1909 in Wolcott, she was the daughter of Merton and Stella (Richards) Cochran. She had lived most of her live in Groveton, N.H., where she graduated from Groveton High School. She moved to Barre in 1972. She had worked for New England Telephone as an operator and also a route carrier for the St. Johnsbury Caledonia Record. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Grovetown and attended St. Monica Church in Barre. Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Aller, Freda E., 76, of Barre, died Dec. 4. Born in 1920 in Morrisville, she was the daughter of Fred and Ila (Reynolds) Perry. In 1969, she married George Aller. She was predeceased by her husband, a brother, Raymond and three sisters, Agnes McNally, Hazel Hill and Gertrude Currier. 

Carpenter, Gary D., 46, of Barre, died Dec. 5. Born in 1950 in Fort Leavenworth, KS, he was the son of Paul and Mildred (Beede) Carpenter. He attended schools in Germany before coming to Barre in 1963. He attended Spaulding High School and was later employed in the Berlin Corner Cemetery and a number of local pizza shops. Survivors include his father and mother; a brother, Douglas Carpenter; four sisters, Tina Carpenter, Jacqueline Matheson, Nancy Beer and Paula Casablanca; aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews. 

Spellman, Helen B., 75, of East Calais, died Nov. 29. Born in 1922 in Cambridge, Mass., she was the daughter of Leslie and Irene (Merrill) Rogers. She spent much of youth in Barre. She was a registered nurse, having graduated from the Barre City Hospital School of Nursing. she served in the army Nursing Corps during WWII. She married Raymond Spellman. She attended the Calais-Woodbury Parish. Survivors include three sisters, Lorraine Cate, Hazel Cate and Francis Rogers; nieces and nephews., Lashua, Robert R., 73, of East Montpelier, died Dec. 2. Born in 1924 in Williston, he was the son of Raymond and Marguerite (Bell) Lashua. In 1945, he married Margery Fletcher. He served with the Navy during WWII. He worked at Staples Granite Co. and for Colombo Granite Co., retiring after 30 years of service. Survivors include his wife; two sons, David and Peter; four granddaughters; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Alzaga, Pilar, 86, of Barre, died Dec. 1. Born in 1911 in Santander, Spain, she was the daughter of Jose and Soledad (Olavarri) Sancibrian. She came to the United States at age three and settled in Barre, where she attended schools. In 1930, she married Rudolfo Alzaga. They operated Alzaga's Market on South Main Street in Barre. Mr. Alzaga died in 1975. Survivors include a son, Rudolph; two daughters, Irene Alzaga and Louise McGibney; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Tremblay, J. Edgar, 77, of Waitsfield, died Dec. 2. Born in 1920 in Bellows Falls, he was the son of Thomas and Maria (Simard) Tremblay. He was educated in Middlebury and served with the Navy during WWII. In 1952, he married Sally J. Wimble. He operated a farm and founded the VerdMont Trailer Park and converted the farmhouse into a ski lodge, operating it for 12 years. He later became employed at Bisbee Hardware and then established Tremblay Plumbing and Heating, which he operated for 32 years. He was a member of Our Ladey of Snows Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Rita Viens; a son, Thomas; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandson; four sisters; five brothers; many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Young, Wayne A., 72, of South Royalton, died Nov. 28. Born in 1924 in Randolph, he was the son of Martin and Mildred (Corse) Young. He attended school in Tunbridge. In 1943, he married Mary E. Eddy. He operated his own business, W.A. Young's Body Shop and was a member of the Rescue Squad and the South Royalton Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Martha Ann Ponder, Bertha Ardell Kissinger and Kathleen Ellen French; four grandchildren; a step-grandson; two brothers; tow sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Heath, Charlotte Russell, 73, formerly of St. Johnsbury and Montpelier died on Dec. 13. Born in 1924 in St. Johnsbury, she was the daughter of Merton Russell and Ruth Ann Snelling. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. In 1943, she married Philip Heath, who died in 1990. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury Center and later the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include her two daughters, Ruth Ann Bean and Charlene (Sherry) Giguere; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece. 

Taylor, Bruce A., 47, of Barre, died Dec. 4. Born in 1950 in Montpelier, he was the son of Horace and Jean (Lyon) Taylor. He graduated from Montpelier High School. He had worked as a chef and kitchen manager in Montpelier, Stowe and Waterbury, retiring in 1990 due to ill health. In 1992, he married Sandra Broadwell. Survivors include his wife; his mother; three stepdaughters, Denise Tracy, Michele Dunbar and Renee Trace; eight grandchildren; a brother; a half-brother; two aunts; nieces and nephews. 

LeRoy, Robert A., 71, of Montpelier, died Dec. 7. Born in 1926 in Barre, he was the son of Milford and Cleora (Wilfore) LeRoy. He served in the Navy during WWII and was a transportation technician with the Vermont Highway Department, retiring in 1991. In 1991, he married Betty Mureta Gauthier. Survivors include his wife; several nieces and nephews. 

Horton, Laura E., 90, formerly of Plainfield, died Dec. 7. Born in 1906 in Cabot, she was the daughter of Eugene and Bessie (Dutton) Putnam. She received her education in East Barnet and Cabot schools. In 1949, she married Larry Horton. She was employed as a pastry chef as various restaurants and worked as a cook at Vermont College in Montpelier. Survivors include a son, Stephen; a granddaughter. 

Bissell, Gladys M., 94, of Warren, died Dec. 7. Born in 1903 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Deane and Gertrude (Jones) Fassett. She graduated from Randolph High School and Randolph Normal School. In 1922, she married Charles W. Bissell, who is deceased. She taught elementary school in Brookfield, Beanville and North Fayston and was a substitute in the Warren school system. She also worked as a mail carrier and served as town auditor in Warren. She also cooked at Camp Downer and at Maple Leaf Nursing Home in Essex Center. Survivors include two daughters, Muriel Griffin and Marion Snow; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Buck, Ted, Jr., 47, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 6. Born in 1950 in Barre, he was the son of Theodore and Margery (Geach) Buck. He graduated from North Country High School and Lyndon State College. He had been personnel director at Newport Plastics Corp. and Columbia Plywood and later at Sprague Electric Co. in Barre. He was appointed by Gov. Kunin as director of job training for the state of Vermont. He moved to Washington, D.C. and at the time of his death was senior vice president of Lee, Hecht and Harrison. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Buck; two sons, Devin and Nathan; two sisters. 

Hernandez, Jose E., 59, of Berlin, died Dec. 4. Born in Arizona, he was the son of Jose and Abedonia (Espinoza) Hernandez. He attended Phoenix area schools. He worked for Arizona Sand & Rock Co. and moved to Vermont, where he worked at Cooley & Son Paving. For the past several years he operated Salsa by Joe and operated a vending truck that provided Mexican foods. He was also an accomplished artist. Survivors include his wife; his mother; two sons, Fernando and Benny; four daughters, Carla Nieto, Linda Hernandez, Cathy Agular and Donna Sholtz; two brothers; one sister; two stepsons, Thomas Farnsworth and Sky Phillips; two daughters, Yolanda Slothower and Molly Farr; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Jones, Ruth M., 70, of Warren, died Dec. 7. Born in 1927 in Rutland, she was the daughter of Francis and Ruth (Bean) LaPine. She graduated from Pittsford High School and Castleton State College with a degree in education. In 1950, she married Robert Jones, who died in 1989. She was a teacher at Warren and Fayston elementary schools. Later she worked for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and the Vermont Department of Taxes. Survivors include two sons, James and John; a sister; three brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Edgecomb, Muriel L., 85, formerly of Barre, died Nov. 28. Born in 1912 in New Brunswick, Canada, she was the daughter of Charles and Carrie (Wetherby) Vandergrift. She attended elementary school in Dover, N.H. and graduated from Berwick Academy in Berwick, Maine. She also graduated from the Henrietta D. Goodall Hospital School of Nursing. In 1935, she married Marshaman Edgecomb, who died in 1996. She was a registered nurse and supervisor at Barre City Hospital and also in Sanford, Maine and Dover, N.H. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Barre. Survivors include a son, Terrance; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother; a sister; a niece and a nephew. 

DeForge, Wilson T., 85, of Graniteville, died Dec. 5. Born in 1912 in Barre, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeForge. He attended schools in Barre. He served with the Army during WWII and was employed at LaCross Memorials and later at Comolli Granite Co., retiring in 1978. He was a member of St. Sylvester Church. Survivors include a close friend, Rachel Pelkey; nieces and nephews. 

Friot, Ritchie E., 26, of Middlesex, died Dec. 5. Born in 1971 in Berlin, he was the son of Richard and Ruth (Sinclair) Friot. He received his early education in Montpelier and attended Montpelier High School. He enjoyed listening and talking on citizens band radio. 

Cota, Jesse A., 81, of Warren, died Dec. 6. Born in 1916 in Fayston, he was the son of Frederick and Cynthia (Adams) Cota. He attended schools in Fayston and Waitsfield. In 1944, he married Elaine Larrow. He worked with the Civil Conservation Corps and later served with the National Guard and the Army. He was employed at Tucker Hill Lodge in Fayston. He owned and operated Cota Construction and also worked for the US Postal Service. He was a member of Warren United Church. Survivors include his wife; and nieces and nephews. 

Sole, Hazel T., 82, of Barre, died Dec. 6. Born in 1915 in Graylin, CO, she was the daughter of Theodore and Marie (Nielsen) Thygesen. She attended schools in Graylin and South Barre. She worked at Vermont Plastics Co. and later at the Maple Museum. Her first husband, George Stortz, predeceased her. In 1942, she married Wilfred Sole, who died in 1989. Survivors include a daughter, Mae Marie Paloadore; a granddaughter; two brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Johnson, Arlene S., 76, formerly of Brookfield, died Dec. 9. Born in 1921 in Wareham, Mass., she was the daughter of Ralph and Alva (Keyes) Washburn. She attended schools in Carver, Mass. She married John E. Johnson, who died in 1988. Survivors include six sons, Ronald, Richard, Glenn, Darrell, Gerald and Marshall; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother. 

Priest, Stanley R., 71, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 5. He served in the Army during WWII and was retired from employment as a sheet metal worker in Grafton, Mass. Survivors include his wife, Jean (Middleton) Priest. 

Hanson, Edward R., 64, of East Montpelier, died Dec. 9. Born in 1933 in Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of Eldon and Isabel (Roberts) Hanson. He attended elementary school in Wisconsin and graduated from St. John's Military Academy in Wisconsin. He later received a degree in paralegal studies from Woodbury College in Montpelier, graduated from the Adult Degree Program at Vermont College of Norwich University with a bachelor's degree and was pursuing a master's degree at Vermont College. He served with the Army during the Korean War. In 1956, he married Nancy Wilson. They moved to East Montpelier in 1992. He was an industrial engineer and later was employed as a machine tools salesman for Barcorp Inc. of Plattsburgh. He was a former member of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Plattsburgh and a member of the Church of Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Barre. Survivors include his wife; a son, Carl; a daughter, Karen Hanson; an aunt and cousins. 

Lentini, Monica A., 84, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 11. Born in 1913 in Shenendoah, Iowa, she was the daughter of Antonio and Anita (Gaballoni) Frontini. She received her early education in Barre, graduated from Spaulding High School and attended Goddard Seminary. She was a teller and bookkeeper at the Barre Opera House and for Central Vermont Railroad in New York City. She returned to Barre in 1946 and worked at Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant. In 1939 she married Vincent Lentini, who died in 1996. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a son, Gary; two grandchildren. 

Whittemore, David B., 46, of Waterbury, died Dec. 10. Born in 1951 in Montpelier, he was the son of Clyde and Eleanor (Jangraw) Whittemore Sr. He graduated from Harwood Union High and received a degree in physical education from Johnson State College. He was an interior/exterior house painter, founding Village Decorating in Waterbury. He was recently employed in hazardous waste removal by Environmental Hazards Management Inc. in Williston. Survivors include his wife; a son, Ian; four sisters; a brother; nieces and nephews. 

Montgomery, Arline L., 93, of Berlin, died Dec. 11. Born in 1904 in Enosburg Falls, she was the daughter of Bernard and Mary (Roddy) Lavery. She graduated from Burlington High School and later from Burlington Business College. She had been employed as a secretary. She married Raymond Montgomery, who died in 1976. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church in East Barre. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Solomon Pittsley and Jo Ann Stockbridge; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. 

Alexander, Margaret D., 86, formerly of Randolph, died Dec. 12. Born in 1911, she was the daughter of Joan and Florence (Gisborne) DuBois. She was educated in Randolph schools and graduated from Randolph High School and La Salle College. She worked as a secretary for the State of Vermont Highway Department and later for the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department at Norwich University. In 1965, she married Clifton J. Alexander. Survivors include her husband and a nephew.

Witham, Laurence G., 82, of Barre, died Dec. 15. Born in 1915 in Worcester, he was the son of Bert and Eva (Ormsbee) Witham. He received his early education in Worcester schools and graduated from Montpelier High School. In 1937, he married Eloise McCullough. In 1950, he married Catherine Ridley, she died in 1986. He worked for the Civil Conservation Corps in the central Vermont area and later for Jenison Tree Service. He later was a bookkeeper for Churchill Trucking Co., retiring in 1980. He served with the Army during WWII. Survivors include three daughters, Eva Morse, Elaine Sue Mason and Patricia Witham; a son, Michale Sr.; two sisters; three brothers; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Heath, Charlotte R., 73, of Montpelier, died Dec. 13. Born in 1924 in St. Johnsbury, she was the daughter of Merton and Ruth Ann (Snelling) Russell. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. In 1943, she married Philip Quentin Heath, who died in 1990. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury and later the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Bean and Charlene Giguere; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece. 

Partlow, Donald H., 68, of Northfield, died Dec. 17. Born in 1929 in Northfield, he was the son of Henry and Marion (Duprey) Partlow. He attended schools in Northfield. He served in the Navy during the Korean War also in the Army in Germany from 1953-57. He worked in the granite industry, retiring in the early 1970s from Colombo Granite Co. in Barre. Survivors include his wife; his mother, Marion Koering; three sons, Charles, Thomas and Henry; three daughters, Donna Wilson, Nancy Messier and Barbara Davis; 14 grandchildren; a brother; a sister; many nieces and nephews. 

Bartlett, Zepherine J., 93, formerly of Waterbury, died Oct. 20. Born in 1904, she was the daughter of Charles and Dr. Flora (Shepherd) Jones. He graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport, Iowa. She had been in chiropractic practice with her mother in Waterbury and also practiced in Montpelier until 1977, when she moved to California. Two husbands, Bill Bartlett and Lesley Smith, predeceased her. Survivors include a daughter, Joy (Bartlett) Tedrow; two grandsons. 

Hough, Clifton H., 57, of Barre, died Dec. 18. Born in 1940 in Burlington, he was the son of Henry and Cornie (Abare) Hough. He attended Waterbury High School and later served in the Marine Corps. In 1961, he married Polly Loomis. He worked in the construction business and as a heavy equipment operator in the central Vermont area. He was recently employed by GSB Excavation of Orange, until he retired due to ill health. Survivors include his wife; his mother; three daughters, Sonya Cote, Melissa Persons and Bonnie Hough; four sons, Clifton II, David, Scott and Steven; 15 grandchildren; two sisters; two brothers; nieces and nephews. 

Bell, Blanche B., 90, of Barre, died Dec. 12. Born in 1907 in Fayston, she was the daughter of Harry and Mabel (Spencer) Brown. She attended schools in Fayston. In 1940, she married Loren J. Bell, who died in 1956. She attended Thompson School of Nursing in Brattleboro after her husband died and worked as a licensed practical nurse at Barre City Hospital. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Dorothy Keelan; two sisters; several nieces and nephews. 

Blanchard, Perry W., 53, of West Brookfield, died Dec. 16. Born in 1944 in Randolph, he was the son of Francis and Axie (Norman) Blanchard. He was educated in East Briantree schools. He farmed for several years and recently raised beef cattle and operated a dairy farm. In 1969, he married Patricia Boutwell, they later divorced. Survivors include two sons, Bruce and Chris; a daughter, Tonya Blanchard; a brother; a sister; six grandchildren. 

Doran, Michael P., 43, of Waterbury, died Dec. 15. Born in 1954 in Newport, he was the son of Stephen and Lena (Lahue) Doran. He attended Harwood Union High School and later served with the Navy. In 1996, he married Sonya Fee. He was employed in the maintenance department at the federal building in Burlington and later for Eagle Oil Co. in Waterbury. He was a member of the Waterbury Congregational Church, and the Waterbury Ambulance and Village Volunteer Fire Department. 

Willette, James E., 58, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 14. Born in Barre, he was the son of Homer and Ceclia (Dumas) Willette. He graduated from Northfield High School and from Albany Business College. He was employed by the New York State Office of General Services as director of the Federal/State Surplus Personal Property and Fleet Administration. He was vice president of John D. Wendell Cadillac in Albany, N.Y. for 20 years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Mary (Westphal) Willette; three daughters, Lesley Willette, Jodine MacAulay and Jacquelyn Dizon; three grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; several nieces and nephews. 

Gosselin, Steven J., 31, formerly of Barre, died Dec. 13. Born in 1966 in Barre, he was the son of Lawrence and Marielle (Roy) Gosselin. He attended St. Monica School, graduated from Spaulding High School and Champlain College. He was a cold drink sales manager for Coca Cola Co. of Barre. In 1991, he married Michelle Moran. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jessica Gosselin; a son, Joshua Gosselin; his father and stepmother; his mother; three brothers; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Washburn, Randall P., 81, of Bethel, died Dec. 13. Born in 1916 in Bethel, he was the son of Cecil and Edna (Luce) Washburn. He was educated in Bethel. He farmed for many years on the Camp Brook Road. In 1937, he married Addie Luce, who died in 1984. Survivors include four sons, James, John, Lloyd and Cecil; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 

LaPoint, Larry Gene, 47, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died Dec. 18. Born in 1950 in St. Johnsbury, he was the son of Avery and Ruth (Stuart) LaPoint. He attended Cabot schools and graduated from Cabot High School. He was a veteran of the Army, having served a tour in Vietnam. He was an auto mechanic and had worked for Foster Motors in Middlebury. In 1975, he married Gloria McCarty. He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard. Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Sandra Ducharme, Teri Lawrence and Sheila Michaud; two brothers, Gordon and Gary; nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.


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