Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1996

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Brosseau, Helen M., 89, of Montpelier, died Feb. 2. Born in 1907 in Gorham, N.H., she was the daughter of Joseph and Ellen (Vincent) Lavertue. In 1922, she married Adelelard Brosseau, who died in 1979. She was employed at Reddy Company, retiring in 1973. Her memberships included St. Augustine Church. Survivors include two sons, Simon and Frederick; two daughters, Florence Aja and Sally Bilodau; 14 grandchildren; 20 great­grandchildren; one great­great­granddaughter; one sister. 

Slattery, David R., 64, of Montpelier, died Dec. 22, 1996. Born in 1932 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Daniel Bobb Slattery and Phoebe (Atkinson) Slattery. He spent the early years of his life in Montpelier and later attended Kimball Union Academy, a preparatory school in Meriden, N.H. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and history and his master's in education from St. Lawrence University. In 1957, he married Sally Stone. He taught social studies and history classes in New York schools, retiring in 1990. Survivors include his wife; one son, Thomas; two daughters, Kathleen Kennedy and Carol Slattery; two grandchildren; one brother. 

Norton, Leo A., Sr., 71, of Barre Town, died Feb. 2. Born in 1925 in Barton, he was the son of Albert and Kate (Smith) Norton. He attended schools in Washington. He worked for Wells­Lamson Quarry Company, the Wetmore & Morse Quarry, Adamant Quarries, Brusa Brothers Granite Company and more recently at Northeast Granite Company, retiring in 1988. In 1955, he married Virginia Edson. Survivors include his wife; one son, Leo Jr.; six daughters, Eugenia Norton, Sarah Norton, Pamela Douglass, Tina Dennis and Sandra Norton; 12 grandchildren; three great­grandchildren; four sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Farnham, Lena B., 83, of Waterbury, died Feb. 3. Born in 1913 in Waitsfield, she was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Sherman) Farnsworth. She attended schools in Moretown. She was employed as a nurses aide at the former Heaton Hospital in Montpelier and then by the former Demerritt Company in Waterbury. Survivors include three sons, Ronald, Thomas and Donald; 15 grandchildren; several great­grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Leola M. Taft, 97, of Barre, died Jan. 31. Born in 1899 in Carthage, S.D., she was the daughter of Edgar and Margaret (McLean) Taft. She moved to Marshfield when she was a child and received her early education there, graduating from the former Goddard Seminary in Barre and later attending Burlington Business College. She was employed by Union Central Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1963. She moved to Barre in 1982. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Congregational in Springfield, Mass. Survivors include her guardians, Thomas and Shirley Maclay and cousins. 

Demers, Rheal J., 89, of Barre, died Jan. 31. Born in 1907 in St. Sophie, Quebec, he was the son of Edmond and Odila (Delisle) Demers. He attended schools in Canada. The family moved to Massachusetts and then to Websterville and later to Barre. He was employed by the A.M. Flanders Company. In 1940, he married Mary A. Duprey. In 1950, he founded Demers Repair Shop, which he owned and operated until retiring in 1972. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Dennis and Edmond; two grandchildren; three great­grandchildren; two brothers; several nieces and nephews. 

Sumner, Pauline, 77, of Barre, died Jan. 31. Born in 1919 in Barre, she was the daughter of Francesco and Filamena (Desantis) Magrone. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School and from Goddard Seminary. In 1950, she married Raymond Sumner, who died in 1984. Survivors include her daughter, Raylene (Mrs. Jeffrey) Lissor; a stepson, Russell Sumner; four grandchildren; two brothers; nieces and nephews. 

White, Tammy A., 34, formerly of Barre, died Feb. 1. Born in 1962 in Wichita Falls, Texas, she was the daughter of Joseph and Carolyn (Hinton) White. She attended Barre elementary schools and Spaulding High School. She attended college in California. She returned to Barre and more recently made her home in Burlington. She was a member of the St. Monica Parish. Survivors include two daughters, Jaime and Carmen and two sons, Matthew and Gabriel; her mother and stepfather, Carolyn and George Malek; two sisters; her grandmother; five nieces and nephews; several aunts and uncles. 

Barrows, Ethel I., 100, died Jan. 25. Born in 1896 in Marshfield, she was the daughter of Susan Putnam Hollister Duke and Forrest Levi Duke. In 1921, she married William Burrnet Barrows. She was employed by the War Department and later was the secretary to the Secretary of the Treasury. She returned to Vermont in 1961. Survivors include a daughter, Constance Lilly; three grandchildren; five great­grandchildren; a half­brother; a half­sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Roy, Marcia S., 70, of Williamstown, died Feb. 1. Born in 1916 in Brookfield, she was the daughter of Philip and Hazel (Smith) Seymour. She attended elementary school in Brookfield, graduated from Randolph High School and later earned a degree as a registered nurse. She worked in several area nursing homes as well as the former Barre City Hospital. In 1961, she married Herve Roy. She was a member of the Williamstown United Federated Church. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Roger and Scott; one daughter, Debbie Seaver; two stepdaughters, Hervena Martin and Regina Lang; two grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; nieces and nephews. 

McBride, Christine, 89, of Barre, died Feb. 6. Born in 1908 in Milan, Quebec, she was the daughter of Charles and Annie (McLeod) Thom. She received her education in Barre City schools and Spaulding High School. She was first married to Kenneth Alexander, he is deceased. In 1934, she married Henry McBride, who died in 1976. She worked at the former Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and later was employed by the Homer Fitts Company. Survivors include a daughter, Sally (Mrs. Lee) Flanders; seven grandchildren; two great­grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Clifford, Mabel S., 96, of Northfield, died Feb . 3. Born in 1901 in Orange, she was the daughter of Wilford and Josephine (Blow) Sayah and attended Orange schools. In 1928, she married Charles Waldo Clifford, who died in 1955. She was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include a brother, Leo Sayah and several nieces and nephews. 

Delano, Mildred E., 80, of Groton, died Feb. 5. Born in 1916 in Groton, she was the daughter of Alfred and Eva (Patten) Bailey. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Farnham and Mary Hanson; several grandchildren and great­grandchildren. Her husband, Glen G. Delano, died in 1964. 

Marcotte, Mildred H., 61, of Northfield, died Feb. 5. Born in 1935 in Northfield, she was the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Pecor) Willey. She graduated from Northfield High School and served with the Navy. 
In 1960, she married Bernard Marcotte. She worked in the mess hall at Norwich University and more recently was a department manager at Rich's Department Store in Berlin. Her memberships include St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include her husband; three sons, John, Bernard Jr. and Frank; three daughters, Cynthia Marcotte, Stephanie Doherty and Tammy Surprise; 13 grandchildren; three great­grandchildren; one brothers; six sisters; several nieces and nephews. 

Clark, Dorothy H., 76, of Middlesex, died Feb. 1. Born in 1920 in Groton, Conn., she was the daughter of Ray and Ruth (Maynard) Gauthier. She was employed by the Vermont Department of Agriculture. Survivors include one son, Thomas; one daughter, Judith Doner; seven grandchildren; several great­grandchildren; an aunt. 

Murray, Raymond S., 51, formerly of Montpelier, died Jan. 31. Born in 1945 in Montpelier, he was the son of Sherwood and Helen (Corry) Murray. He was a graduate of Montpelier High School, studied at the University of Vermont and University of Bluefield in West Virginia. He obtained his master's in business administration through the University of Iowa. He had worked for General Electric, for the Burlington Northern Railroad. In 1992, he moved to Doylestown with Helm Rail Equipment Service and was currently its vice president. He was a member of the Providence Reformed Baptist Church. He was married to Cheryl (Grout) Murray. Survivors include his wife; his parents; three daughters, Kelley Wilkinson, Michelle Wilkerson and Erin Sprouse; one grandson; one sister; one brother; two nieces and two nephews. 

McGrath, Laura M., 81, of Graniteville, died Feb. 6. Born in 1915 in Duxbury, she was the daughter of Rubin and Bessie (Haskins) Sherman. She attended Duxbury Elementary School and Waterbury High School. In 1934, she married Frederick McGrath, who died in 1974. She had worked at the former Cross Bakery and at the Pelkey Boarding House in Graniteville. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include five sons, Richard, Frank, Frederick Jr., Reginald and Donald; two daughters, Geraldine Pixley and Rose (Mrs. John) Dufresne; 22 grandchildren; 26 great­grandchildren; one sister. 

O'Neil, Herbert G., 77, formerly of Barre, died Sept. 22. Born in Groveton, N.H., in 1919, he was the son of William and Elizabeth (Houley) O'Neil. In 1941 he married Ernestine Aube, who is deceased. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, serving during World War II. He worked for Rock of Ages quarries and later moved to Essex Junction and became a founding partner and manager of Bailey Spring & Glass Inc. in Essex Junction. He was a member of St. Lawrence Parish. Survivors include his children, Herbert O'Neil, Donna Keith and Maureen McAvoy; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Siegel, Charlotte A., 82, of Waterbury, died Sept. 20. Born in 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Walter and Henriette Mae (Willets) Holborn. She was a graduate of Sayville Long Island High School and received her RN degree from Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1939, she married Mitchell Siegel. She worked for several years as an operating room nurse at South Nassau Long Island Community Hospital. She and her husband had lived in Vermont since 1979. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Michael Siegel and James Siegel; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. 

Soucy, George A., 96, of Barre, died Sept. 20. Born in 1900 in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of Joseph and Marie (LaRoche) Soucy. He attended schools in Coaticook, Quebec and moved to Barre in 1923. He later owned and operated a farm in Williamstown, retiring in 1962. In 1930, he married Marie Louise Sylvain, who died in 1964. In 1965, he married Bella Ainsley, who died in 1977. In 1978, he married Desneiges Laperle, who died in April of this year. He was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include one son, Armand; five daughters, Fernande York, Theresa Roberge, Pauline Hebert, Jeannette Casler and Anita Busque; one stepdaughter, Yvette Perreault; three step-sons, Denis Laperle, Eugene Laperle and Henry Laperle; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Berth, Louise, 91, formerly of Brookfield, died Sept. 5. Mrs. Berth was a former longtime resident of Brookfield. Survivors include her sons, James and Frank; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. 

Foster, Frederick F., 64, of Berlin, died Sept. 22. Born in 1932 in Boston, he was the son of Kenneth and Agnes (McKinnon) Foster. He attended schools in Brighton, Mass., graduating from Brighton High School. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Boston University with a bachelor of arts degree. In 1981, he came to Montpelier where he was a service representative for the Social Security Administration, working in the Montpelier office. Survivors include his fiance, Anita Adams; his daughter, Laura Foster and his former wife, Louise Foster; two brothers; two sisters; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Buker, Nildah M., 75, of Stowe, died Sept. 21. Born in Waterbury Center, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Clara (Fielder) Mayo. Her husband, Maynard, died in 1962. She was employed by Stoware and then by George F. Adams Co. in Moscow. Survivors include two daughters; Mary Ann Raymo and Gail Leach; two sons, Ronald and Kenneth; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister. 

Hockenbury, Edward J., 53, of Northfield, died Sept. 26. Born in 1943 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of William and Mary (Gilroy) Hockenbury. He graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from Boston College. He also graduated from Long Island University in New York with a master's in guidance and counseling. In 1966, he married Patricia Mead. He was an assistant basketball coach at Georgetown University, West Point and Villanova University before joining the staff at Norwich University as head coach. He later became assistant coach at Middlebury College before becoming head coach at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; his son, Edward; two daughters, Christine Cirelli and Amy Hockenbury; two grandchildren; his mother; two brothers; two sisters; several nieces and nephews. 

Van Meter, Josephine (Hamilton), 83, formerly of Montpelier, died Sept. 23. Born in St. Johnsbury in 1913, she was the daughter of Ralph and Ada May (Black) Hamilton. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, majoring in music. In 1943, she married Herbert Van Meter. They served parishes in Kent, Ohio and San Mateo, Calif. She spent four years in New York City, where she was a contemporary music consultant to the National YWCA. She and her husband moved to Montpelier in 1971 to serve the Bethany Church. Her husband is deceased. She moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne in 1993. She was a member of the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. Survivors include her children, Tom Van Meter and Gretchen Lawton; five grandchildren; her sister. 

Pratt, Olive I., 88, of Berlin, died Sept. 25. Born in 1908 in Williamstown, she was the daughter of Rolla and Ina (Dutton) Tilton. She attended schools in Williamstown and Chelsea, graduating from Chelsea High School. In 1927, she married Elmer Pratt. They established Handmade Toys in 1960, a business operated out of their home. Mr. Pratt died in 1968. Mrs. Pratt retired in 1970 and began living at Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in 1993. Survivors include her children, Wendell Pratt, Joanne Tracy, John Pratt and Richard Pratt; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. 

Emond, Olive A., 74, formerly of Bethel, died Sept. 22. Born in 1922 in Bethel, she was the daughter of Ivan and Ruth (Converse) Carr. She attended Montpelier High School. In 1941, she married Albert Emond. she worked for the Vermont Health Department, retiring in 1979. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Grace Rieder; three sons, Albert, David and Kenneth; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters; several nieces and nephews. 

McGaffey, Howard, 84, of Randolph, died Sept. 25. Born in 1912 in East St. Johnsbury, he was the son of Carlyle and Lyra (Morse) McGaffey. He attended Kirby and East St. Johnsbury schools. In 1936, he married Margaret Danforth. They moved to Barre and in 1987, moved to Randolph. He learned the construction trade working with his father and remained in that field until retiring in 1974 as head of the maintenance department from New Hampshire Vocational Technical School in Manchester, N.H. and Hooksett, N.H. He was also an ordained minister of Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Royalton. Survivors include his wife; one son, Carlyle; two grandchildren; one niece. 

McKay, Mary W., 76, of Greensboro, died Sept. 26. Born in 1920 in New York City, she was the daughter of Dr. William Leigh and Mary (O'Neil) Williamson. She attended Bayonne High School and graduated from Notre Dame University on Staten Island, N.Y. She later married Robert McKay, who predeceased her. She was a first grade teacher at Port Chester High School in Port Chester, N.Y. At the time of her death, she was on the board of the Greensboro Nursing Home and a fundraiser for the Greensboro Free Library. Survivors include a son, Robert Jr.; a daughter Leigh McKay; two granddaughters and a grandson; one sister. 

Plastridge, Richard H., 63, of Northfield, died Sept. 27. Born in 1933 in Randolph, he was the son of Homer and Eva (Sayah) Plastridge. He graduated from Northfield High School. Following graduation, he joined the Army, serving during the Korean War. He worked at the Nantanna Woolen Mill in Northfield and then at Ethan Allen Furniture Company in Randolph, retiring in 1991. In 1971, he married Nancy Clough Johnson, who died in 1994. He was a member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Northfield. Survivors include four step children, James Johnson, Jennifer Dutil, Judith West and Nancy LaConti; two brothers; six step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Palmer, Barbara T., 82, of Bradford, died Sept. 26. Born in 1913 in Newport, she was the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Hastings) Taylor. She attended schools in Newport and graduated from Newport High School. She received a degree in home economics from the University of Vermont and later worked for Lever Brothers in Boston. In 1942, she married Horace Palmer Jr., who died in 1992. She was a member of the Bradford United Church of Christ. Survivors include a daughter, Jane St. Clair; four sons, Horace, James, Timothy and Peter; a sister; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Bradley, Marilyn J., 61, of Barre, died Sept. 27. Born in 1935 in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of Robert and Agnes (Regan) Jennings. She attended St. Peter Elementary School in Jersey City and graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Hoboken, N.J. In 1953, she married John Bradley. They moved to Marshfield in 1975 where they owned and operated the Marshfield General Store. In 1989, they moved to Barre, where she was employed as a certified nurses aide at the Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of St. Monica's Catholic Church in Barre. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Kathleen Majewski, Jean Handerhan, Mary Bradley and Maureen Bradley; eight sons, Mark, Owen, Sean, Colin, Ian, Evan, Brian and Patrick. a brother; 17 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Minshull, Thomas F., 72, of Barre, died Sept. 25. Born in 1924 in Newbury, he was the son of John and Margaret (Tilford) Minshull. He attended Newbury schools. In 1948, he married Ivis Barnes. They moved to Barre in 1968. He worked with the railroad and on dairy farms. He then worked in the granite industry, retiring from Beck & Beck. He was a member of Hedding United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Sylvia McGaffey; two sons, Clifford and Donald; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister; one brother; nieces and nephews. 

Abramovich, Francis G., 75, of East Montpelier, died Sept. 24. Born in 1921 in Waterbury, he was the son of Anthony and Alexandria Ambramovich. He grew up in Connecticut where he received his early and secondary education. He served with the Coast Guard during World War II. In 1946, he married Jeannette Marshall. He was a furnace technician, employed by American Brass for 38 years. He moved to East Montpelier in 1986. Survivors include his wife; his son, Francis; two grandsons; his brother; two sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Brown, Muriel C., 78, of Barre, died Sept. 24. Born in 1918 in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of John and Sadie (Wilkie) McGowan. She attended elementary school in Hartford and graduated from Buckley High School. In 1938, she married Russell Brown Sr., who died in 1984. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Barre. Survivors include her son, Russell Jr. ; two daughters, Doris Brown and Martha Colby; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 

Fernandez, Angela R., 96, of Barre, died Sept. 24. Born in 1900 in Mirones, Province of Santander, Spain, she was the daughter of Anacleto and Carmen (Vega) Higuera. She came to Barre in 1968. In 1969, she married Raimundo Fernandez, who died in 1979. She was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include three nieces, Flora Rubio, Anita Labrana and Mary Cox; four nephews, Roman Higuera, Peter Canales, Alfredo Maza and Anacleto Higuera; grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Clark, Ruth M., 85, of Barre, died Sept. 24. Born in 1910 in Pittsburg, N.H., she was the daughter of Everett and Birdie (Cody) Covill. She received her early education in Pittsburg schools, graduating in 1931. In 1933, she married Kenneth R. Clark, who died in 1983. She worked as a substitute teacher. Survivors include her son, Robert Clark; two brothers; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.


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