Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1999

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Boucher, Ida Virginia, 91, of Barre City, died June 27. Born in 1908 in Hardwick, she was the daughter of Frank and Theresa (Malnati) Mara. She attended Barre schools. In 1929, she married Henry Boucher, who died in 1989. She worked at Milady Shop and was a member of St. Monica's Parish. Survivors include two daughters, Dolores Martineau and Patricia (Mrs. Raymond) Ross; three grandsons; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter; two nieces; cousins.

Marks, James G., 62, of East Randolph, died June 27. Born in 1937 in Barksdale, Ill., he was the son of Henry and Eddie (Flores) Marks. He graduated from high school in Oklahoma. In 1963, he married Marie Frederico. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife; a son, James; a half-brother, Richard; a grandson.

Swenson, Kurt F., 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 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 had been president and co-owner of J&S Tool Co. Inc. Survivors include his wife; his father; a daughter, Dawn Swenson; two sons, Kurt and Christopher; a sister.

Braman, Melvin T., 81, of Morrisville, died June 27. Born in 1918 in Washington, he was the son of Frank and Susan (Perkins) Braman. He retired from employment with IBM after 25 years of service. His wife, Marguerite Braman, died in 1992. Survivors include a son, Edward; two grandsons; five brothers; two sisters.

Williams, Richard C., 66, of Waterbury, died June 28. Born in 1933, he was the son of Theodore and Hazel (Ring) Williams. He graduated from the former Waterbury High School and attended the University of Vermont. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He had worked for Wheeler Chevrolet in Waterbury and later was employed as a bookkeeper for several Barre area granite sheds and a variety of businesses in the Burlington and Swanton areas. Most recently, he worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care, from which he retired. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. Survivors include one sister, Theresa McLeod; two aunts, Mabel Farnsworth and Gladys Lafayette; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kelly, Ellen B., 89, of Berlin, died June 27. Born in 1910 in Evanston, Ill, she was the daughter of George Thomas Kelly and Margaret (Burnham) Kelly Stower. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and worked toward a master's degree in economics at Columbia University. She was a founding member of the Madison (Conn.) Homemakers and was also a member of the Bennington Friends Meeting of Vermont (Quakers). Survivors include a son, George Thomas.

Scott, Gordon B., 96, of Hardwick, died June 30. Born in 1902 in Wolcott, he was the son of Charles and Clytie (Bridges) Scott. He attended Hardwick Academy and the Worcester Massachusetts Technical School, where he studied to be an electrician. In 1934, he married Margaret Blackhall, who died in 1966. In 1970, he married Eleanor Mason Smith, who died in 1987. He had been employed by the Hardwick Electric Department for 29 years and was a self-employed electrician, retiring in 1982. He was affiliated with the United Church of Hardwick and the Albany United Methodist Church. Survivors include two step-daughters, Earline Atkins and Helen Hayford; two stepsons, Leslie Smith and Wendell Smith; 11 step-grandchildren.

Huoppi, Paul O., 79, of South Woodbury, died June 28. He was born in 1920 in Fitchburg, Mass. In 1948, he married Jean Pierce. He was a firefighter for the Lexington (Mass.) Fire Department, retiring in 1975. He had served in the Army National Guard during WWII. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Dana, Karl, David and Eric; two daughters, Ellen and Donna; a sister; a brother; 11 grandchildren.

Farnsworth, Edna "Lizzie", 87, of Waterbury, died June 29. Born in 1911 in North Fayston, she was the daughter of Willie and Josephine (Wheeler) Nelson. She attended Fayston schools. In 1929, she married Merlin Farnsworth, who died in 1993. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the family farm and in later years, she took care of children. Survivors include five daughters, Elizabeth LaRock, Merlene McLaughlin, Margaret Taylor, Janet Dolloff and Ruth Morlock; four sons, Eugene, Raymond, Roger and Merrill; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother; a sister.

Koering, Marion, 92, of Northfield, died June 26. Born in 1909 in Williamstown, she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Blow) Dupree. She graduated from Northfield High School. In 1958, she married Benjamin Koering, who died in 1979. She worked for Nantana Mills, Northfield News and the Edgemore Nursing Home in Santee, Calif. Survivors include a son, Franklin Partlow; a stepson, Richard Koering; a daughter, Anna Morris; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren.

Hanson, Rosina Allen, 90, of Northfield Falls, died June 26. Born in 1909 in Royalton, she was the daughter of Fred Edgar Allen and Laura Eliza Paige Allen. She held college degrees from the University of Vermont and the Simmons College School of Social Work. In 1942, she married Howard Newton Hanson. They moved to Northfield Falls in 1950, where she worked as a secretary at the Mayo Hospital. She and her husband started a business making Green Mountain dolls. Survivors include her daughter, Joanne Hanson Hicken; one sister; one sister-in-law; one nephew; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Crawford, Arnold, 77, of South Royalton, died June 26. Born in 1922 in Swanton, he graduated from South Royalton High School. In 1946, he married Helen Farnham. He worked for the Public Service Company of New Hampshire, the John Alexander Co. and the Herb Crawford Autoland, both in South Royalton. He and his wife owned and operated Freck's Store, retiring in 1985. He had served in the Air Force during WWII and was a state legislator from 1973 -77. He was a member of the United Church of South Royalton and a past member of the South Royalton Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jonnie Cattani; a son, Robert; two brothers; one sister; four grandchildren.

Arey, Velma T., 74, formerly of Barre, died June 28. Born in 1925 in Barre, she was the daughter of Orill and Theresa (Maloney) Arey. She graduated from Spaulding High School and the Barre City Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., and resided in Gales Ferry, Conn. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth A. Rogers. 

Gillander, Mae E., 80, of Montpelier, died July 4. Born in 1918 in Grasberg, Sweden, she later came to Barre. She graduated from Spaulding High School and in 1941, married Wallace Gillander. She was employed by American Fidelity Insurance Co. in Montpelier. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, George; two daughters, Karen Gordon and Sandra Lunde; a sister; five granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; longtime friend, Gordon Wing.

Bacon, Ann R., 37, of Barre City, died July 6. Born in 1961 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Elisabeth (Ramon) Bacon. She attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. She had worked in the office of Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury. She married Steve Burrington, they were divorced. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Barre. Survivors include her mother; two sisters, Felicia Martineau and Susan Walker; two nieces; two nephews; one aunt; cousins; and longtime companion, George Kidder.

Couillard, Jim, 42, of East Calais, died July 3. Born in 1956 in South Burlington, he was the son of Raymond and Theresa (Barron) Couillard. He married Martha Dion in 1977. He owned and operated Couillard's Body Shop in South Burlington and was also employed by General Dynamics. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jeremy and Jesse; two brothers; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Oehlberg, Emily, 82, of Montpelier, died July 7. Born in 1916 in Chicago, Ill, she was the daughter of Christian and Dorothea Oehlberg. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School in Chicago and worked for March and McLennon Insurance Co. in Chicago. She moved to Montpelier in 1994. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Youngman; five nieces, Marilyn Johnson, Carol Rader, Diane Carlson, Georgianne Oehlberg and Susan Attig; two nephews, James Oelhberg and Robert Youngman.

Smith, Shaun M., 18, of North Montpelier, died July 1. Born in 1981 in Orlando, Fla., he was the son of James and Susan (Corbin) Smith. He attended Heart School in Barre. He enjoyed animals, Star Trek and riding his mountain bike. Survivors include his parents; his grandmother, Adeline Smith; uncles, aunts, cousins.

McKay, Geraldine, 79, of Barre, died July 4. Born in Salem, N.H., she was the daughter of Jerimiah and Alida (Mayotte) Cloutier. She graduated from St. John's High School and had lived in New Hampshire where she worked for the state of New Hampshire. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Lyons; a sister; a brother; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Calandrella, Helen, 49, formerly of Northfield, died June 30. Born in 1967 in Northfield, she graduated from Northfield High School and from Castleton State College. She worked for the telephone company in Barre, Burlington and Rutland. In 1981, she moved to Connecticut, where she worked for Southern New England Telephone Company, retiring in 1993. Survivors include her husband, John Calandrella; a son, Craig Ouellette; her mother, Glenora Rogers; a sister; a brother; four nephews; one niece; several aunts.

Vanetti, Henry R., II, 57, of Barre City, died July 4. Born in 1941 in Barre City, he was the son of Aldo and Anita (Vila) Vanetti. He graduated from Spaulding High School and from the University of Vermont with a BA in Political Science. He was also commissioned a 2nd lieutenant of infantry in the Army ROTC program. He graduated from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in Vietnam and in 1971, became a member of the Bar of the State of Vermont. He had been Washington County probate judge and had been a practicing attorney in the Barre-Montpelier area. He was a member of the Hedding United Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother; one sister, Cynthia Vanetti; cousins.

Darling, Lawrence, 92, formerly of Chelsea, died July 2. Born in 1907 in Chelsea, he was the son of Hale and Maybelle (Hyde) Darling. He served in the Navy during WWII, retiring in 1959. Survivors include a son, Hale; a daughter, Cintra Lyford; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

Worden, Rodney C., Sr., 66, of Waterbury, died July 9. Born in 1933 in Waterloo, Que., he was the son of Clarence and Helen (Sargent) Worden. He attended schools in Waterloo and became a master autobody technician, working in his family's business, Worden's Auto in Foster, Que. In 1955, he married Ona Bostwick, who died in 1992. He had lived in Conn. and moved to Waterbury in 1969. He opened Rod's Autobody, retiring in 1995. Survivors include one daughter, Candice Russell; two sons, Chucky and Rodney Jr.; one brother; one sister; three grandsons; three granddaughters; a great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

DeCoste, Nancy E., 65, of So. Royalton, died July 8. Born in 1933 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Daniel Anthony and Inez (Winchell) DeCoste. She graduated from South Royalton High School. She had been a secretary at Tarbell and Whitman Insurance Agency in So. Royalton for 24 years and was a receptionist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Jct., retiring in 1997. She served in the Air Force and was a member of the St. Matthew's Catholic Church in So. Royalton. Survivors include her daughter, Connie Bestenbostel; a brother; two sisters; her special friend, Betty Wood; two grandchildren.

Fairbanks, Doris W., 70, of East Montpelier, died July 5. Born in 1929 in West New York, N.J., she was the daughter of John Henry and Marie (Neu) Willms. She graduated from Ridgefield (N.J.) High School. She was first employed as a secretary at the Chase Manhattan Bank in N.Y. City and later at Wright Aeronautical Corp. in N.J. She had also worked as a teller at former People's National Bank in Barre and was secretary in the office of the Barre Congregational Church. In 1951, she married Howard Fairbanks. They made they home in Barre and more recently in East Montpelier. She was a member of the Barre Congregational Church. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Jill Tremblay and Gail Fairbanks; four grandchildren; a sister-in-law; two nieces; one grand-niece.

Willard, Carl J., 67, of Montpelier, died July 2. Born in 1931 in Montpelier, he was the son of Edward and Clara (Bolio) Willard. He attended the Montpelier City Schools. He took care of the homes of several Montpelier residents and worked as organist at St. Augustine Church and housekeeper and cook for St. Augustine Rectory. Survivors include two brothers, Gordon and Ernest; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alexander, Charlotte L., 69, of Tunbridge, died July 7. Born in 1929 in White River Jct., she married Milo Alexander in 1962. He died in 1982. She worked for several years at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Jct. Survivors include a daughter, Marion Alexander; a brother, Harold E. Perry Jr.; several nieces and nephews.

Orr, Olga E., 93, of Montpelier, died July 13. Born in North Dakota in 1905, she was the daughter of Gottfried and Augusta Disterheft. They were German immigrants. She graduated from Milbank, N. D. High School and the family moved to Los Angeles. In 1924, she married William Orr. She was a secretary with the Los Angeles County Health Department, retiring in 1972. She attended the Williamstown Lutheran Church. Survivors include her son, Bill and wife Catherine; two sisters, Victoria Sturgis and Louise Thompson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

MacAskill, Donald R., 82, of Williamstown, died July 14. Born in 1917 in Graniteville, he was the son of Donald and Stella (Morrison) MacAskill. He attended schools in Graniteville, South Barre and Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School. He served with the Army Signal Corps during WWII. In 1945, he married Janice M. Briggs. He owned and operated a farm in Chelsea, worked at the Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant in Barre and was manager at Belmain's Store in So. Royalton. He worked at Lacillade Lumber Company and was town clerk and treasurer of Williamstown. He later worked for the Vermont Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1980. He was a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Graniteville and the Methodist Church of Chelsea. He was a member of the United Federated Church (Methodist) in Williamstown. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Lee and Norman; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers; nieces and nephews.

Emerson, Ralph C., 56, of Topsham, died July 9. Born in 1942 in Groton, N.H., he was the son of Paul and Beatrice (Darling) Emerson. He was employed as a mechanic at Lords & Sons in Barre, Morrill Construction and Gary's Fuels, both of North Haverhill and most recently at Johnson Lumber Company in Bradford. Survivors include his wife, Martha (Hodge) Emerson; four sons, Michael, Mark, Melvin and Martin; five grandchildren; his mother; four brothers; two sisters; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Havey, Dorothy B., 90, of Waterbury, died July 10. Born in 1908 in Randolph, she was the daughter of George and Glenna (Cushman) Bruce. She graduated from Randolph High School and married Myron Havey, who predeceased her. She worked at the Vermont State Hospital, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. Survivors include two grandsons, Dennis Havey and Robert Havey; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Slafter, John H., 50, of Northfield, died July 11. Born in 1949, he was the son of Hubert and Louise (Hethrington) Slafter. He graduated from Northfield High School and later attended Champlain College. He worked at the Norwich University Library and later at Cabot Hosiery Mills in Northfield. He also worked at Northfield Savings bank and in the Northfield municipal offices. Survivors include his mother and a cousin.

Rouleau, Theresa A., 63, of Williamstown, died July 11. Born in 1935 in Barre, she was the daughter of Joseph and Eliza (LaValley) Noury. She attended Barre city schools. In 1954, she married Roger Rouleau, who died in 1979. She was employed at Malden Mills. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include two sons, Roger Jr. and Russell; four daughters, Debbie Rouleau, Michele Lynch, Diana McWain and Tricia Rouleau; three sisters; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

Martin, Earl F., III, 40, formerly of Montpelier, died July 13. Born in 1959 in Montpelier, he was the son of Earl and Arthalee (Lumbra) Martin Jr. He graduated from the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro and from Claremont (N.H.) Technical School. He had been employed at IBM in Essex Junction. He was a member of the Community Bible Church of South Burlington. Survivors include his mother; his father; a brother, Ronald.

Peterson, Viola Cooley, 93, formerly of Montpelier, died July 13. Born in 1906 in East Montpelier, she was the daughter of Frank and Gertrude Cutler Cooley. She graduated from Montpelier High School. In 1931, she married Burton Peterson, who died in 1974. She was employed by the Montpelier Public Schools and later became a real estate broker. She was a member of the Montpelier Unitarian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Fitzgerald and Nancy Allen; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Earle, Janet Helen, 67, of Montpelier, died July 12. Born in 1931 in Moretown, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Hilda (Newton) Earle. She graduated from Spaulding High School. She retired from National Life Insurance Co. in 1991. Survivors include her mother; an uncle, Grant Newton; cousins.

Drew, Sarah Westcott, 86, formerly of Vershire, died July 15. Born in 1912 in Irvington, N.Y., she was the daughter of William Read and Sophia Lord (Burnham) Westcott. She attended Buckingham School and graduated from Smith College. In 1935, she married Benjamin Drew. They lived in Westford, Mass., where she worked as a librarian in the Boston school system. They retired to Vershire in 1973, where she raised apples and Morgan horses. Survivors include two sons, Ben Jr. and G. Westcott; three daughters, Sarah Reeves, Leslie Sullivan and Holly Drew; eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Gilbert, Lewis, 83, formerly of Hardwick, died July 16. Born in 1915 in Johnson, he was the son of Dana and Nellie (Shahan) Gilbert. He was married to Mamie Gilbert, who died in 1995. He was a self-employed barber at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base in Calif. and also in Hardwick. He attended St. Norbert's Church in Hardwick. Survivors include a son, Charles; nieces and nephews.

Fisher, Leola "Lee" Kendall, 80, of Hardwick, died July 10. Born in 1918 in Ludlow, she was the daughter of Byron and Cora May Kendall. She graduated from Enosburg Falls High School and attended the Goddard Seminary School of Hair Styling. In 1942, she married Stanley Homer Fisher, who died in 1978. They moved to Hardwick in 1948 and in 1952, established Fisher's Folly Greenhouse and floral business. They operated the business for more than 24 years. She was a member of the United Church of Hardwick. Survivors include one son, Byron; two daughters, Linda Lee and Susan Warner; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; cousins.

Webster, Cornelius P., 62, of Barnard and formerly of Washington, died July 9. Born in 1936 in Washington, he was the son of Ernest and Florence (Pero) Webster. He attended Washington schools. In 1959, he married Leona Ward. He worked in the granite quarries and for his brother Roger Webster, before retiring due to ill health. He served in the Vermont National Guard, was active on the Randolph ambulance crew and was a member of the Barnard Fire Department and was constable for Barnard. Survivors include his wife; two sons, James and William; a daughter, Lindy Webster; two brothers; six sisters; two grandchildren.

Hopkins, Leota Cora, 79, of Berlin, died July 8. She was born in 1920 in Richford. She married Curtis Hopkins, who died in 1981. Survivors include two sons, Ralph Hopkins and Douglas Neveau; a brother; a sister; 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Bilodeau, Fernande L., 76, of Barre, died July 8. Born in 1923 in Peopolis, Quebec, she was the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Morin) Roy. She attended Graniteville schools. In 1950, she married Leo Bilodeau. She was a waitress and worked in nursing homes as a nurse's aide. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Kelley; two sons, Denis and Michael; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister.


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