Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1999

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Cross, Mildred M., 80, of Northfield, died July 22. Born in 1919 in Hartsville, S.C., she was the daughter of William and Mary (Grant) Johnson. She graduated from Hartsville High School. In 1944, she married Robert Cole Cross. They had lived in Washington and Chelsea and moved to Hartsville, S.C. in 1984. Her husband died in 1989 and she moved back to Vermont in 1995. She had worked as a waitress, and also as a nurse's aide at the Chelsea Home for the Aged in Chelsea and McFarland House in Barre. She retired in 1984. Survivors include a daughter, Terry Howe; a son, Robert; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Scott, Grace L., 89, of Barre, died July 18. Born in 1910 in New Bedford, Mass., she was the daughter of Henry and Jean (Sprague) Nichols. She graduated from Fall River High School in Fall River, Mass. and attended Simmons College in Boston. In 1934, she married Clenton Scott, who died in 1994. She worked in real estate and at the Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Mass. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Scott-Milne; a son, Donald; one sister; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Douglas, Gertrude (Corrigan), 70, formerly of Barre and more recently of Pawcatuck, Conn., died July 19. Born in 1929 in Barre, she was the daughter of John and Mary (Menard) Corrigan. She was a cook in Borough School in Connecticut and worked at several restaurants in Mystic and Stonington, retiring in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Stonington and St. Michael's Church in Pawcatuck. Survivors include three daughters, Linda Calouro, Donna Douglas and Gail Elkins; a sister; two brothers; six grandchildren.

Edebohls, Blanche M., 81, of Hardwick, died July 19. Born in 1918 in Wolcott, she was the daughter of Homer and Emeline (Carr) Fisher. She attended People's Academy and graduated from Hardwick Academy. In 1943, she married Louis C. Edebohls. She was employed by United Farmers and also was a secretary in the quartermaster's office at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester and a secretary at the Pentagon. Recently, she was a tax practitioner and helped her husband in their rhododendron and azalea business. She was affiliated with the United Church of Hardwick. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Douglas and Robert; a sister; two step-brothers; a step-sister; three grandchildren.

Austin, Jill E., 47, of Moretown, died July 18. Born in Summit, N.J., she was the daughter of John and Patricia (Madden) Dempsey Jr. She graduated from Mountain Lakes High School in N.J. In 1980, she married Merrill Austin. She was employed as a nurse's aide at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center and later worked as a nanny for the Phillips family in Waitsfield. Survivors include her husband; her father; two sisters, Dana Grenert and Diane Willer; a brother, John Dempsey III.

Comstock, Nellie May "Tiny", 75, of Williamstown, died July 18. Born in 1924 in Barre, she was the daughter of Glenn and Evelyn (Andrews) French. She attended Barre schools and Spaulding High School. In 1943, she married W. Edmund Comstock. She was a waitress at the former Country House Restaurant in Barre. She was a member of the United Federated Church of Williamstown. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Donna Comstock; two sons, Fred and William; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; nieces and nephews.

Ainsworth, Bryan D., 22, of Johnson and formerly of Duxbury, died July 19. Born in 1976 in Berlin, he was the son of David and Cynthia (Duby) Ainsworth. He attended Harwood Union High School and graduated from Montpelier High School. He had been employed at the Grand Union store in Montpelier and Price Chopper in Berlin. Recently he worked at Vermont Precision Woodworks in Morrisville. Survivors include his father and stepmother Betty; a brother, Frank; a step-brother Norman Smith; a stepsister, Susan Smith; paternal grandmother, Sybil Ainsworth.

Flint, Lucy E., 83, of Braintree and formerly of West Brookfield, died July 17. Born in 1916 in West Brookfield, she was the daughter of Horace Wakefield and Addie Ladd. She graduated from Randolph High School and in 1939, married Grant Flint. She was a farm wife and a member of the East Braintree/West Brookfield Congregational Church. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Avery, Fred and Gardner; three daughters, Addie Lamb, Helen Luther and Rose Derrick; a brother; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Knapp, Steven G., 46, of Barre, died July 12. Born in 1952 in Montpelier, he was the son of Stanley and Viano (Olson) Knapp. He attended Montpelier schools, graduated from Woodlawn High School in Woodlawn, Md., and later attended Catonsville Community College in Catonsville, Md. Survivors include a sister, Nancy Knapp; several cousins.

Slicer, Foster R., 88, of Hardwick, died July 18. Born in 1911 in Craftsbury, he attended Craftsbury Academy. In 1934, he married Gwendolyn Cubit, who died in 1983. He was a dairy farmer and a truck driver for H.P. Hood. He later operated a bread route for the Girard Baking Co. of Burlington. Survivors include four sons, Ronald, Richard, Robert and David; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Highter, Clara A., 96, of Essex Junction and formerly of Montpelier, died July 20. Born in 1903 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Homer and Elmira (Chavelier) Patneaude. She was employed as a LPN at Hardwick Hospital and Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She was married to Bernard Siloway and later to Frank Highter. Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Aja; a stepson, Clement Highter; a step-daughter, Barbara Brewer; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; a sister.

Fraser, Gladys F., 93, of Calais and formerly of Barre and Montpelier, died July 19. Born in 1906 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Greene) Fraser. She was a nurse for the Veterans Administration for over 40 years, serving in different hospitals throughout the country. Survivors include three nieces, Sister Mary Ursula, Rita Vierling and Lillian McGhee; two nephews, John Pisch and Wayne Tuller; grand nieces and nephews. 

MONTGOMERY, MARION P., 85, of Randolph, died Aug. 6. Born in 1914 In Hartford, she was the daughter of Frank and Queno (Cowan) Martin. Her family moved to So. Royalton, where she attended school and graduated from So. Royalton High School. She worked in New York as a nanny and later in the kitchen at the Chelsea Area Senior Citizens. In1934, she married Lyman Gilman, who died in 1962. In 1964, she married Erwin Montgomery, who died in 1988. She attended church in Chelsea and Tunbridge. Survivors include her companion of many years, Glen Button and his family; seven children, Mildred Legacy, Lucy Irwin, William Gilman, Charles Gilman, Edward Gilman, Glen Gilman, Anna Hardway; four brothers; four sisters; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Magnus, Mark Nichols, 78, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Waterbury, died June 28. Born in 1920 in Montpelier, he was the son of Eugene and Susan (Nichols) Magnus. He graduated from Waterbury High School and Norwich University. In 1942, he married Elizabeth Reynolds. He served in the Army and after discharge, entered RPI in Troy, N.Y. and received a degree in Chemical Engineering. Survivors include his wife; five children, Sally Martin, Karen Garcia, Claire Shubert, Lynn Magnus and Mark Jr.; two sisters; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pine, Lydia B., 83, of Montpelier, died Aug. 5. Born in 1915 in St. Albans, she was the daughter of Harry and Edith (Cleveland) Bascomb. She graduated from St. Albans High School. In 1954, she married Donald Pine, who died in 1989. She worked most of her life at the National Life Insurance Company. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include a stepson, Donald Pine; a stepdaughter, Beverly Kingston; a sister; three nieces and nephews; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Bolles, Alfred D., 80, of Barre Town and formerly of Williamstown, died July 30. Born in 1918 in Plainfield, he was the son of Wallace and Lillian (Cutler) Bolles. He attended schools in Plainfield and Barre. He had worked at Windy Wood Farm and with his brother, Ralph, in carpentry and construction partnership known as A&R Bolles Brothers. He was a member of the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre. Survivors include nephews and nieces and their spouses, Newton Bolles, Leland and Shirlene Bolles, Winfred and Marilyn Bolles, Sandra Bolles; Craig and Marion Casey, Norma Nutbrown, Eleanor Cottrill and Beverly Bolles; cousins; several grand nephews and nieces.

Aither, Ruth C., 96, of Montpelier, died Aug. 2. Born in 1903 in Revere, Mass., she was the daughter of Agnes Mather and Archer C. Holmes. She was educated in Attleboro, Mass. Her husband, Eugene Aither, died in 1983. They had moved to Montpelier in 1969. She worked in the dining hall at Vermont College and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Archambault, Letitia Johnson, 83, of Montpelier, died Aug. 1. Born in 1916 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Walter and Alice Gove Johnson. She had been employed as a waitress in several Montpelier restaurants, the last one the Montpelier Tavern. She had been employed as a hostess at Norwich University. Her husband, R. Mark Archambault predeceased her. Survivors include two daughters, Jacquelin Archambault Lamell and Marlene Archambault; four sisters-in-law; two granddaughters; four grandsons; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.

Bovee, Harmie M., 91, of Bethel, died Aug. 4. Born in Ballston Spa, N.Y., she was the daughter of William and Hazel (Fulton) Mitchell. She attended So. Royalton School. In 1959, she married Walter Bovee, who died in 1969. She had worked for General Electric Co. in N.Y. Survivors include two daughters, Millie A. Hunt and Winnie Jean Morine; a sister; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Atherton, Lucy, formerly of Barre and more recently of Calif., died July 21. Born in So. Fayston, she was the daughter of Anna and James Maxwell. In 1937, she married Alfa Atherton, who died in January of this year. Survivors include Anne Atherton Thompson; two sisters; a brother; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Young, Edward C., Sr., 88, formerly of Barre and more recently of Chicopee, Mass., died Aug. 6. Born and educated in Barre, he was a graduate of Spaulding High School. He resided in Chicopee, Mass., where he was employed as a machinist at American Bosch Company. Survivors include his wife, Lea (Domenichelli) Young; two sons, Edward Jr. and George; a daughter, Barbara Orwat; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Freeman, William H., 74, of Berlin, died Aug. 5. Born in 1925, he was the son of Donald and Eleanor (Currier) Freeman. He graduated from St. Michael's High School. In 1973, he married Gladys Brown, who died in 1993. He worked in the granite industry and later with Central Vermont Railroad. He worked for the Montpelier post office as a carrier and mail clerk for more than 20 years. He served in the Army during WWII and later in the Navy Reserves. Survivors include two stepsons, Douglas Brown and Clifford Brown; a twin brother; two sisters; five step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren.

Greene, Lori J., 40, of Bethel, died July 31. Born in 1958, she was the daughter of Clinton and Marie (Donnelly) Rutherford. She graduated from Hartford High School. In 1980, she married John Greene. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Pam Greene and Amy Greene; her father; her mother; a brother; a half-sister; a stepbrother; a stepsister; several nieces and nephews.

Krause, John R., 60, of Vershire, died July 31. Born in 1939 in Brooklyn, N.H., he was the son of John and Anne (Deede) Krause Sr. He graduated from Duquesne and received a master's degree and a doctorate degree in political science from Case Western Reserve. He worked at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, N.Y. and at the U. S. Department of State. He co-founded Crossroad Farm in Post Mills and managed its operation. He also managed H&R Block in Barre in the winter. He served in the Army. Survivors include two brothers and two nieces.

Nye Madelene F., 83, of Barre, died Aug. 3. She was born in 1915 in Plainfield. She retired from employment with the state of Vermont. Survivors include a sister, Mardelle Mack.

Balzanelli, Richard J., 61, formerly of Barre and more recently of Phoenix, Ariz. Died July 15. Born in 1937 in Barre, he was the son of Salvatore and Dorothy Balzanelli. He attended St. Monica's Elementary School and Spaulding High School. He served with the Navy and had worked as a dry cleaner for 31 years. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Balzanelli; two sons, Mark and John; two daughters, Lisa Clark and Anne Tyrrell; two brothers; three grandchildren.

Cross, Claude, 75, of Hardwick, died Aug. 5. He was born in 1924 in Barton. He married Ethel Cross. He retired from Vermont Weatherboard and was employed part-time by several Hardwick area businesses. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Alberta Patton and Penny Gonyaw; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Carleton, Josephine R., 82, of Bradford, died Aug. 4. Born in 1916 in Bradford, she graduated from Bradford Academy. In 1964, she married Elwyn Carleton. She was a clerk at Hill's 5 & 10 Department Store in Bradford and was a member of the Bradford United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband.

Searles, Elizabeth J., 51, of Cabot, died July 31. She was born in 1948 in No. Adams, Mass. In 1997, she married Donovan Searles. Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Carpentier and Deborah Millett; three brothers; a sister; a grandchild.

Brown, Karl R., 73, of Randolph, died Aug. 1. Born in 1925 in Albany, he graduated from Newport City High School and from the Vermont School of Agriculture. In 1948, he married Barbara King. He was a milk tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and a rural mail carrier, retiring in 1989. He served in the Army during WWII. He was a member of the United Church of Randolph. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Brown and Nancy MacDowell; a son, Robert; six grandchildren.

Stewart, James D., 77, of Randolph, died Aug. 7. Born in 1922 in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of David and Pauline Stewart. He graduated from James Madison High School in New York City, received a bachelor's degree from Norwich University and a master's degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire. He served with the Army during WWII. He was married to Thelma Hough, who died in 1970. In 1972, he married June Schweitz. He was employed at Jones and Lamson Machine Shop in Springfield, taught biology at Norwich University and for over 30 years, was the Vermont State ornithologist. He retired in 1984. He was a member of the Green Mountain Gospel Chapel. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Malcolm and John; a daughter, Susan Stewart; two stepdaughters, Nena O'Brien and Gail Canterbury; a brother; eight grandchildren.

Montgomery, Marion P., 85, of Randolph, died Aug. 6. Born in 1914 in Hartford, she was the daughter of Frank and Queno (Cowan) Martin. She was a graduate of South Royalton High School. In 1934, she married Lyman R. Gilman, who died in 1962. They owned and operated a farm in South Randolph for many years. In 1964, she married Erwin Montgomery, who died in 1988. She had lived with Glen Button for many years and more recently at Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre. She had worked in New York as a nanny and in later years in the kitchen at the Chelsea Area Senior Citizens. She attended churches in Chelsea and Tunbridge. Survivors include her companion, Glen Button; four sons, William, Charles, Edward and Glen; three daughters, Mildred Legacy, Lucy Irwin and Anna Hardway; four brothers; four sisters; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren.

Winchell, Robert W., 81, of Moretown, died Aug. 8. Born in 1918 in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of James and Marion (McLeod) Winchell. He attended schools in Kansas City and was a graduate of Worcester (Mass.) Polytech. In 1944, he married Corinne Appel. He had worked for the American Steel and Wire Co., Warner Bros. (now Warnaco), Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., and moving to Vermont in 1977, he became Village and Town manager for Waterbury, retiring in 1986. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Kia Lynn Commo; two sons, Kent and Kim; three grandchildren; a sister.

Hanlon, Linda Lee (Metcalf), 44, of Richmond, died Aug. 4. Born in 1955 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Metcalf. She graduated from Montpelier High School and was a special educator at Richmond Elementary School. Survivors include her husband, Earl Hanlon; a son, Joshua; a daughter, Whitney; a sister; a brother; her father.

Muncil, Donald G., 72, of Barre, died Aug. 9. Born in 1927 in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of Morton and Ola (Wiggins) Muncil. He attended schools in Middlesex and New York State. In 1949, he married Lorraine Hughes. He was employed as manager of Twin Town Volkswagen and Walker Motors for several years. He then owned and operated Yard Master Auto Body in Barre. He had served in the Army during WWII. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Jacqueline Dutil , Dona LeBlanc and Jennifer Muncil-Lindell; five grandchildren.

Burbank, James Norris, 66, of Waitsfield, died Aug. 9. Born in 1932 in Cabot, he was the son of Leo and Marion (Badger) Burbank. He graduated from Waitsfield High School. He served with the Navy and the Air Force, serving during the Korea and Vietnam wars. In 1958, he married Beverly Willey. They had lived in Plainfield and in 1972, moved to Waitsfield. He had worked for the Town of Waitsfield Road Department, carried mail for the US Postal Service and delivered and worked for Partstown in Waitsfield. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Arnold and Robert; two daughters, Debra Burbank and Sandra Burbank; four grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; nieces and nephews.

Lunge, Barbara M., 69, of Waterbury, died Aug. 8. Born in Newbury, she was the daughter of Harold and Lorena (Huntress) Lunge. She graduated from Waterbury High School and received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in education from the University of Vermont. She taught at South Ryegate Elementary School and at Waterbury Elementary School, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Waterbury Congregational Church. There are no survivors.

Judd, Alberta, 86, of Montpelier, died Aug. 8. Born in 1913 in Tell City, Ind., she was the daughter of May Bruner and Elmer Pannett. She graduated from Bosse High School and Lockyears Business School in Evansville, Ind. In 1935, she married Donald Judd, who died in 1981. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Evansville (Ind.). She retired from Whirlpool and in 1996, moved to Montpelier. Survivors include a daughter, Dona Koenemann; a son, Michael Judd; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Downing, Cecelia Mary, 98, of Washington, died Aug. 6. born in 1901 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Patrick and Harriet (Barber) Moran. She attended schools in Websterville, Washington and later studied in the former Goddard Seminary in Barre. In 1919, she married Ralph Downing Sr., who died in 1966. She was a long-time member of St. Cecilia Church in Washington. Survivors include one son, Richard; four daughters, Dorothy Aiken, Patricia Pellon, Beverly Berte and Janet Lambert; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; nieces and nephews.

Ziegler, Lisa A., 36, formerly of Waterbury and more recently of Colchester, died Aug. 10. Born in 1963 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of McAulliffe E. and Mary Ellen (Barry) O'Brien. She graduated from Harwood Union High School, received an associate's degree in education from Champlain College and a bachelor's degree in education from Norwich University. She was recently enrolled in the master's program in special education at the University of Vermont. In 1994, she married Marc C. Ziegler. She began her career conducting home visits for the Head Start program in Montpelier and later taught part-time at Calais Elementary School. She was a special education teacher at elementary schools in Tilton and Merrimack, N.H. and conducted home visits for Head Start in Laconia, N.H. More recently she was employed as a special educator at Essex Town Middle School. She had been a field hockey and track coach at Montpelier High School and field hockey coach at U-32 Jr.-Sr. H.S. She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Waterbury. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Ryan Ferris and Erich Ziegler; her father; her mother; a sister; two brothers.

Cano, Peter, formerly of Barre and more recently of Boca Raton, Fla., died June 20. Born in 1922 in Barre, he was the son of Julia (Barquin) and Manuel Cano. He attended schools in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1945, he married Millie Buckingham. He moved to Florida in 1956, where he was in the shoe business until retirement. He had served in WWII. Survivors include Victor and Anthony Cano, Paul and Joseph Barquin and Angela Densmore.

Coates, Eileen Gertrude, 61, of Montpelier, died Aug. 10. Born in 1938 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of J. Clifton and Margaret (Callahan) Coates. She graduated from the Green Mountain School, a school developed for children with special educational needs. She was a member of St. Augustine's Church. Survivors include her brother, Norman (Joe) Coates and his wife, Louise; her sister-in-law Janice Baird Coates; 11 nieces and nephews and her special friend, Janet Reed.

Martin, Walter J., Jr., 72, of Worcester, died Aug. 9. Born in 1926, he was the son of Walter and Blanch (Tracy) Martin Sr. He attended school in Worcester and graduated from Montpelier High School. He served in the Army during WWII. In 1948, he married Elsie Hayes. He was employed by Wyman's Inc., Sun Oil Co. for 30 years and self-employed for 10 years in the oil business. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Linda Papineau; two sons, Walter and Larry; six grandchildren; his mother; two brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Curtis, David W., 61, formerly of Montpelier, died Aug. 7. Born in 1938 in Montpelier, he graduated from Montpelier public school, the University of Vermont and Boston College Law School. He was engaged in private practice through 1977 and served as deputy defender general and correctional facilities defender for the State of Vermont from 1977 to 1980. He moved to Tenn. and became senior counsel at Legal Services, was director of Dakota Plains Legal Services in Mission, S.D., returned to Vermont in 1985 and was defender general through 1987. He co-founded the firm of Hoff, Curtis, Pacht, Cassidy and Frame, P.C., retiring in 1995. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from the Town of Charlotte. Survivors include his three children, David Jr., Julia Curtis and Christopher Curtis; his former wife, Dr. Nanci Ames Curtis; three brothers; one sister.


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