Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1999

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Hebert, Robert H., 77, of Williamstown, died May 26. Born in 1922 in Williamstown, he was the son of Henry and Lora (Wilfore) Hebert. He attended schools in Williamstown and was a graduate of Williamstown High School. He served with the Army Air Force during WWII. In 1950, he married Lucienne Charron. He worked in several garages as an auto mechanic both in Williamstown and Barre, retiring from Blake & Lose in East Montpelier. He was a member of St. Edward's Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary and Gregory; two grandchildren; one brother; five sisters; many nieces and nephews.

Russell, Richard, Jr., 69, of Barre, died June 2. Born in 1930 in Lynn, Mass., he was the son of Richard and Ray (Willey) Russell Sr. He attended schools in Lynn, Mass. In 1956, he married Pauline Taplin, they divorced in 1985. He was a highway technician for the Vermont State Highway Department. Survivors include his stepmother, Josephine Russell; two sons, Richard and Bruce; two daughters, Roberta Jackson and Bonnielynn Breer; a sister; eight grandchildren.

Lamb, Eloise M., 81, formerly of Graniteville, died May 31. She was born in 1917 in Graniteville. She graduated from Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont with a degree in commerce and economics. In 1942, she married John Lamb. She worked for Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn. and later as a secretary at Davis, Martin and Free law firm in Barre and a civil clerk at Barre District Court. She retired in 1983. Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Covey, Mary Crowe and Claire Carpenter; five grandchildren.

Weiner, Myron of Moretown, died June 3. He was a professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Survivors include his wife, Sheila (Leiman) Weiner; a daughter, Beth Datskovsky; a son, Saul Weiner; five grandchildren.

Parker, John A., Sr., 79, of Chelsea, died May 29. Born in 1919 in Fairhaven, Mass., he attended Fairhaven High School. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was an automotive mechanic in Fairhaven and New Bedford, Mass., and owned and operated Jerry's Garage in Brockton, Mass. He moved to Chelsea in 1973 and worked for L.W. Greenwood in East Randolph. He worked for Vermont Technical College in Randolph from 1975 until he retired in 1985. In 1950, he married Rita Pokraka. Survivors include his wife; a son, John Jr.; a brother; a sister; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren.

Taplin, Lyndol A., 67, formerly of Barre, died May 12. He was the son of Alonzo and Catherine (MacAllen) Taplin. He graduated from Spaulding High School and Vermont College in Montpelier. He moved to Charlton, N.Y. in 1962 and began a 40-year banking career at the Schenectady Trust, at the Mohawk National Bank in Charlton and for the Bank of New York, retiring in 1995. He was a veteran of the Army and a member of the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, June Taplin; four daughters, Marilyn Howley, Kathryn Garrow, Evelyn Brothers and Carolyn Burns; a son, David Taplin; 14 grandchildren.

Bowen, Helen T., 89, of Randolph, died June 1. She was born in 1910 in Randolph and graduated from Randolph High School. In 1935, she married Wilbert Bowen, who died in 1983. She was a secretary at Allen's Garage, the L.W. Webster Co., Randolph Furniture Co., Valley Motor Sales in Bethel and Ethan Allen Furniture Co. She was a member of East Braintree Church. Survivors include a son, Richard; a daughter, Bonnie Bartlett; a sister; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

McCormick, Donna C., 48, of West Berlin, died June 1. She graduated from Littleton (N.H.) High School and in 1990, married Donald McCormick Jr. She was a clerk and assistant supervisor for the State of Vermont Tax Department and a member of the First Baptist Church of Barre. Survivors include her husband; a son, Rodney; two step-children, Joshua McCormick and Heather McCormick; four brothers.

Savoia, Idelmo, 85, of Barre, died May 31. Born in 1913 in Barre, he attended Spaulding High School. In 1936, he married Esther Tomat. He owned and operated Comolli and Savoia Italian Grocery Store in Barre with his step-brother, Edmund Comolli. He had served in the Army during WWII. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Alice S. Collins; a son, Alfred Savoia; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Fitzgerald, Louise, 67, formerly of Williamstown, died June 3. Born rn in 1931 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Sanford and Mary (MacKinnon) Stephenson. She graduated from Williamstown High School and the University of Vermont. In 1954, she married John Fitzgerald. They moved to California where she taught at several schools and colleges, retiring in 1986. Survivors include her husband; one brother, Irvin Stephenson; two sisters, Irene Hayes and Sally Elminger; several nieces and nephews.

Bugbee, Elsie G., 99, of Montpelier, died June 1. Born in 1900 in Deering, N.H., she graduated from Milford (N.H.) High School and from the Heaton School of Nursing in Montpelier with a degree in licensed practical nursing. In 1921, she married Harold Bugbee, who died in 1950. She was a licensed practical nurse at Heaton Hospital and a nurse for Dr. George MacIntyre, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include a son, William; four daughters, Virginia Benoit, June Morrisson, Geraldine Mitchell and Eleanor Pulsifier; a sister; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Haggett, Roy, 54, formerly of East Montpelier, died May 27. He was born in 1944 in East Montpelier. He was a self-employed welder and a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic. He served in the Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Harriet Haggett; two sons, Shannon and Jason; three brothers; two sisters; a grandchild.

Leno, Marion M., 80, of Calais, died May 30. Born in 1919 in Woodbury, she married Philip Leno in 1946. She was a pastry cook at the Montpelier Tavern in Montpelier and at the Stowe Flake Inn in Stowe. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Phylis O'Brien; three sons, Sterry, Philip and William; a sister; four brothers; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Goulet, Rose M., 90, of Barre City, died May 30. Born in 1909 in St. Zacharie de Beauce, Quebec, she was the daughter of Alfred and Olivine (Guay) Ruel. She attended schools in St. Isidore, d'Auckland, Quebec. She came to Vermont in 1931 and was employed by an attorney in Montpelier, to help with domestic chores and raising their children. She married Romeo Goulet in 1933, who died in 1964. They had purchased the Twin Elms Motor Court, which she managed for 22 years. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include four children, Doris Fournier, Philip Goulet, Gloria Goulet and Anita (Gallas) Manco; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. 

Corbett, John T., 77, of Williamstown, died June 12. Born in 1922 in Northfield, he was the son of James and Helen (Freschette) Corbett. He attended schools in East Montpelier and Barre. He served in the Army during WWII. In 1945, he married Edith Martel. He had worked on the railroad and later at Jones Brothers Granite, retiring in 1981. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Thomas and Patrick; four grandchildren; two sisters.

Agens, Catherine, 90, of East Montpelier, died June 12. Born in 1908 in Schenectady, N.Y., she attended Schenectady schools. In 1934, she married Maynard Agens, who died in 1994. She was a member of the Twinfield Senior Citizens Group. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Bisson and Lynne Rodgers; two sisters; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Hight, Delmar D., Jr., 63, formerly of West Topsham, died June 10. Born in 1935 in West Topsham, he attended Spaulding High School. In 1968, he married Donna Rogue. He had been a salesman for J&S Hydraulics, retiring due to ill health. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Leslie Hight; a sister; his foster mother.

Malvern, Robert B., 84, of Barre, died June 9. Born in 1915 in Barre, he graduated from Spaulding High School, from Middlebury College and from Breadloaf Summer School of Writing and Languages. He was a former professor of Greek and Hebrew at Nashota House Seminary, a contributing writer to several Episcopal Church publications and preached at Christ Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. There are no known survivors.

Redmond, Linda D., 50, of Calais, died June 12. Born in 1948 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Sidney and Lucy Dewey. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in elementary education, a masters in speech language pathology and a certificate of advanced study in administration and planning. In 1973, she married James Redmond. She served as the speech language pathologist in Orange, Washington and Barre Town. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Jamie Lynn Redmond and Katie Jo Redmond; her mother; two sisters; a brother.

Murphy, Alice L., 93, of Barre, died June 15. Born in 1906 in Graniteville, she attended Holy Ghost School in Graniteville. In 1931, she married James P. Murphy. She was a clerk at F.D. Ladd Grocery Store in Barre and a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Patricia Bessette, Janet Dion and Michele LaPerle; one son, Richard LaPoint; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

McLeod, Harrison L., 75, of Barre, died June 14. Born in 1924 in Barre, he was the son of Lowell and Dora McLeod. He graduated from Spaulding High School and in 1949, married Myrtle Boyd. He was the owner of Lowell McLeod Inc., retiring in 1987. He served in the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion during WWII. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Steven and Ernest; one daughter, Kristy McLeod; a sister; four grandchildren.

McMillan, Ruby I., 80, formerly of Northfield, died June 11. Born in 1918 in Northfield, she was the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Pecore) Willey. She attended Northfield schools. She married Ernest O. McMillan, who died in 1968. She was a homemaker. Survivors include six sons, Wendell, John, Francis, Robert, Stephen and Patrick; three daughters, Patricia Lucca, Debra Deyo and Cecile Smail; a brother; five sisters; 32 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Green, Darthea W., 83, of So. Royalton, died June 15. Born in 1915 in Woodstock, she attended Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Troy Conference Academy in Poultney and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. In 1936, she married Gordon Green. She was an inspector at Bridgewater Woolen in Bridgewater. She and her husband raised and trained Belgian sheepdogs. She was a member of Beth-El Christian Fellowship Church in So. Royalton. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Carolyn Robinson, Susanne Sherlock and Judith Sorrentino; a brother; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Arguin, Ethan S., infant son of John and Cristie Arguin, died June 9. Survivors include his parents; paternal grandparents, Amedee and Loisette Arguin; paternal great-grandmother Lucia Arguin; maternal grandparents, Maxwell and Joan Fadden.

Pierce, Beverlee Amet, 73, of Barre, died June 15. Born in 1925 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mildred (Covey) Amet. She was a graduate of Spaulding High School. She retired from the Policy Loan Department of the National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier. In 1946, she married Hazen Pierce, who died in 1968. Survivors include two sons, Michael and Gregory; two grandchildren; one great-grandson.

Goldstone, G. Audrey, 77, of Northfield, died June 13. Born in 1921 in London, England, she graduated from Woodbury College in Montpelier. She was an accountant for Simmons Precision Company in Vergennes. She had served in the British Royal Navy. Survivors include a sister, Aileen Blakely; a niece, Susan DeForge; a nephew, Michael Calhoun; a great-niece and great-nephew.

Merwin, Alice, 89, formerly of East Barre, died June 15. Born in 1910 in East Barre, she was the daughter of John T. and Mary Day Salter. She graduated from Spaulding High School and from Buffalo City Hospital School of Nursing. In 1937, she married Mark Merwin, who died in 1973. The couple owned and operated the Chanticleer Diner in Jamestown, N.Y. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Merwin and Marsha Merwin.

Root, Jane H., 79, of Falmouth, Maine, died June 15. She was born in 1920 in Detroit, Mich. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in sociology and later became certified as a school psychologist and earned a doctorate in reading education from Syracuse University. In 1975, she began teaching in the reading education department at Johnson State College, retiring in 1984. Survivors include her husband, Gus Root; six children, Eric Root, Jude Carroll, Heidi Root, Gary Root, Karen Grimm and Daniel Root; 15 grandchildren; one sister; several nieces and nephews.

Comi, Ines Ruvera, 94, of Barre City, died June 11. Born in 1904 in Bisuschio, Italy, she was the daughter of Maria (Lamperti) and Attilio Ruvera. She attended Montpelier public schools and in 1927, married Alfred J. Comi. She worked as a bookkeeper for Bere & Jones. She was a member of St. Monica Paris. Survivors include her sister, Rita Bell; one niece; three nephews.

Guazzoni, Nerio, 86, of Montpelier, died June 16. Born in 1913, he was the son of Adolfo and Emilia Guazzoni. He attended Barre schools. In 1942, he married Anna Laura Thomas, who died in February of this year. He was a sandblaster in the granite industry working for Comolli and Son Granite Co. and for Houle-Giudici Granite Co., both in Barre. He served in the Army during WWII. Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Bignell and Angelina Newell; three sons, Kenneth, Robert and Thomas; a sister; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

Shedaker, Dorothy F., 91, of Barre Town, died June 14. Born in 1907 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Albert and Selena Miller. She graduated from Glassboro Normal School in New Jersey. In 1935, she married Israel B. Shedaker Jr. She was a school teacher in New Jersey, retiring in 1967. Survivors include her husband; a son, Budd; two grandsons. 

Zanleoni, Charles, III, 51, of Barre Town, died June 19. Born in 1947, he was the son of Charles and Caesarina Zanleoni. He attended Marian High School in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School and from Norwich University with a bachelor's degree in commerce and economics. In 1971, he married Cheryl Wilmott. He had been an insurance agent for Prudential since 1980. He was also a stockbroker for Moseley Brokerage, First Albany Corp. and later with A.G. Edwards Co. in Barre. He had served with the Army and was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kristin Zanleoni and Karen Zanleoni; a son, Jay; his mother; one sister.

Farrell, Doris E., 70, of East Barre, died June 25. She was born in 1928 in Alburg, where she attended schools. She worked for the family of Leonel and Germaine Benoit until 1983, when she made her home with Norbert and Marie LaPrade in East Barre. Survivors include her extended family, the LaPrades and Richard and Suzanne Bartlett.

Martin, Maurice (Moe) P., 57, of East Montpelier, died June 22. Born in 1941 in Montpelier, he was the so of Philip and Sally (Lissor) Martin. He attended East Calais Elementary School and Montpelier High School. In 1961, he married Annette Rock. He worked in the construction field, most recently for DuBois Construction. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kimberly Hull and Karen Martin; twin grandsons; his parents; three brothers; one sister.

Perkins, Victor R., 76, of Bethel, died June 23. Born in 1922 in Bethel, he graduated from Randolph High School. He had worked at the Bethel Post Office for 27 years, the last eight as postmaster. He also worked at Salisbury Furniture Co., L.W. Webster Co., operated a dairy farm in Bethel, was a beekeeper, maple sugar maker and a truck gardener. He served in the Air Force during WWII. Survivors include a sister, Virginia Perkins.

Jordan, Eula B., 82, of Randolph, died June 20. Born in 1916 in Newton, Mass., she was educated in Newton and attended the Fisher Business College. In 1942, she married Robert Jordan. She was an executive secretary at the Raytheon Co. in Waltham, Mass. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Grant; a stepson, Dave Jordan; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a step-grandson.

Luster, Eleanor A., 65, of Barre, died June 22. Born in 1922 in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of Kenneth and Margaret (McKay) Siddons. She attended schools in the Boston area and in 1957, married Lawrence Luster. She was a nurse's aide. Survivors include three daughters, Peggylee Kersey, Lauren Rice and Sandra Luster; three sons, Kenneth, Robert and David; a sister; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Davis, Evelyn May, 93, of Morrisville, died June 24. She was born in 1906 in Johnson. Her husband, Gaylon Davis, died in 1975. She had worked at Johnson Woolen Mills and for the Vermont Department of Parks at Mount Philo. She was a member of the United Church of Johnson. Survivors include four sons, Arthur, Warren, Gordon and Wilmer; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren.

Rollins, Edith M., 90, formerly of Barre, died June 18. Born in Barre, she spent most of her life in the Scotia, N.Y. area. She was married to Neil Rollins, who died in 1974. She was the owner/operator of Realty Services in Scotia, retiring in 1974. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Coons; a son, Edwin; a sister; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

McDonnell, Edward J., 79, formerly of Randolph, died June 18. Born in 1920 in Glens Falls, N.Y., he was the son of James and Nina (Gelson) McDonnell. He graduated from Whitcomb High School in Bethel and attended Indiana State College. In 1949, he married Florence Luce. He had worked at Fritzel Toy Co. in Randolph, G.W. Plastics in Bethel and was a logger for Eagle Square of Stockbridge. He also worked at Killington Ski Area, retiring in 1981. He had served in the Army. He served as selectman, fire warden and interim town manager in Sherburne and a fireman in Sherburne and Randolph. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Dale, Terry and Chris; six grandchildren.

Bellavance, Alphonse Joseph, 76, of Hardwick, died June 17. Born in 1922 in East Hardwick, he worked in the family business, A. Bellavance and Sons. In 1946, he married Jennie Hogaboom. Survivors include his wife; fours sons, Robert, Ronald, Dennis and Raymond; four brothers; four sisters; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Holway, James M., 73, formerly of Waterbury, died June 21. Born in 1926 in Willimantic, Conn., he was the son of Philip and Corrinna (Somerville) Holway. He graduated from Waterbury High School and from the University of Vermont. He later earned degrees in engineering and management from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University. He worked for 36 years for Westinghouse Electric Corp., retiring in 1985. He retired from the Navy Research Reserve as commander. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Harriette (Dean) Holway; one daughter, Karen Holway; one son, James; one grandson.

Swenson, Kurt E., 54, of Moretown, died June 23. Born in 1945 in Newark, N.J., he was the son of Folke and Evy (Johnson) Swenson. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa., and attended Fairleigh Dickenson University. In 1965, he married Susan Smalley. They moved to Moretown 11 years ago from Green Township, N.J., where he was president and co-owner of J&S Tool Co. Inc. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Dawn Swenson; two sons, Kurt and Christopher; a sister.

Arnold, Raymond E., 84, of Morrisville, died June 25. Born in 1915 in Hardwick, he married Grace (Driscoll) Arnold, who died in 1995. He was a self-employed welder, worked with the Soil Conservation Service and developed the Arnold-type gate valve. Survivors include three sons, Charles, Brendon and Carl; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carver, Dr. Walter, 73, of Greensboro, died June 18. Born in 1925 in Boston, he graduated from Dartmouth College and Boston Medical School. In 1980, he married Sheila Walker. He was an orthopedic surgeon and a retired admiral from the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife; five children and eight grandchildren.

Donahue, Doris V., 88, of Berlin, died recently. Born in 1911 in Woodstock, she was the daughter of Daniel James and Grace (Bohonon) Donahue. She attended schools in Pomfret. She worked as a waitress at West Lebanon, N.H. and later for in the Woolen Mill in Hartford. She was had lived in Berlin the past five years. Survivors include two sisters, Iris Stewart and Regis Godin.


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