Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1999

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Hodge, George, 86, of Topsham, died Aug. 19. Born in 1912 in Corinth, he was the son of Robert and Ada (McIndoe) Hodge. He received his education in Corinth and Topsham schools and graduated from Bradford Academy. In 1940, he married Gertrude Martha Darrow. He worked for more than 30 years at the Bowen-Hunter Bobbin Co. in East Corinth and then at Dixie Bobbin Co. in Barre, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Topsham United Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife; two sons, William and Paul; three daughters, Georgianna Spooner, Martha Emerson and Cynthia Gauthier; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; several grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins.

Martin, Wayne G., 74, of Williamstown, died Aug. 14. Born in 1924 in Barre, he was the son of Wayne and Mary (Farquhar) Martin. He graduated from Williamstown High School and served in the U.S. Maritime Service and the Army. He joined the Vermont Highway Department and became a Survey Party Chief and later with the Utilities Section and the Construction Section. In 1986, he was promoted to Utilities Engineer and served in that capacity until retiring in 1987. In 1957, he married Winifred Putney. He was a member of the Williamstown Methodist Church and the Williamstown United Federated Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Carol Martin; a son, Daniel; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; nieces, nephews, on uncle; one cousin.

Mitiguy, Mary D., 88, formerly of So. Royalton and more recently of Burlington, died Aug. 14. Born in 1911 in So. Royalton, she was the daughter of Dana and Mary (Palmer) Dearing. She graduated from So. Royalton High School. In 1931, she married Robert Mitiguy, who died in 1982. She was librarian at Royalton Memorial Library and was also a news correspondent for the White River Valley Herald. She was a member of the United Church of So. Royalton. Survivors include two sons, Roger and Gary; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

MacDonald, Rita, 90, of Barre, died Aug. 13. Born in 1909 in Websterville, she was the daughter of James and Marguerite (Eastman) Lawson. She attended Websterville schools and graduated from the former Goddard Seminary and from the former Barre City Hospital School of Nursing. In 1934, she married George MacDonald. She and her husband operated MacDonald's Service Station. Her husband died in 1986. She also managed their summer cottages at Harvey's Lake until 1997. Survivors include one daughter, Rita Jean Suyemoto; one son, James; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Everett, Gertrude M., 89, of Bethel, died Aug. 17. Born in 1909 in Hancock, she was the daughter of Wallace and Mable (Sprague) Fleming. She attended Hancock and Rochester schools. Her first husband, Robert Norton, predeceased her. In 1974, she married Merrick Everett, who died in 1994. Mrs. Everett was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Robert and Wallace; three daughters, Helen Wakefield, Mary Knapp and Anna Smith; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Paquet, William A., 80, of Barre Town, died Aug. 18. Born in Barre Town in 1918, he was the son of Alphonse and Emeda (Savoie) Paquet. He attended schools in Barre Town and served in the Marine Corps during WWII. He was employed by Wells & Lamson until his retirement. He then worked part-time at Trow & Holden. In 1940, he married Ruby Spredbury, who died in 1984. In 1985, he married Ada Buick, who died in 1992. He was a member of St. Monica Parish. Survivors include one son, Pastor Robert Paquet; one daughter, Rhonda Paquet; two step-daughters, Gloria Duff and Genella Heath; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five sisters; many nieces and nephews.

Mayo, Frederick A., 51, formerly of Barre and more recently of East Dummerston, died Aug. 16. Born in 1948 in Barre, he was the son of Frederick and Margaret (Hamel) Mayo. He graduated from Spaulding High School and received a bachelor's degree in history from Windham College in Putney. He was an employee of the Lyon Travel Agency in Brattleboro. Survivors include a sister, Marilyn Mayo and a cousin.

Hadley, Nate C., 24, of Chelsea, died Aug. 11. Born in 1974 in Seoul, S. Korea, he came to the United States in 1976, when he was adopted into the Hadley family. He attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School and from St. Paul Technical College with an electronics certificate. He was employed at Circuit City of Minneapolis, MN. Survivors include his parents, Lynda Hadley and Vaughn Hadley; step-parents Douglas Nakari and Jill McCue Hadley; three siblings, Jessica (Andrew) Hadley Woolford, Rebecca Hadley and Zachary Hadley; his maternal grandparents, William and Jean Palmer; many other relatives and friends.

Byrd, Thelma F., 89, of Barre, died Aug. 18. She was born in 1909 in Bedford, Ind. She was a home caregiver for many years in several cities throughout the country and had worked for the Salvation Army in Barre. Survivors include four daughters, Irene Bisson, Mary Bolman, Barbara Rigg and Rosalie Day; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Skirry, Gary Clifford, 60, of Montpelier, died Aug. 12. Born in 1939 in Montpelier, he was the son of Eliza (Cassavaw) and Joseph Skirry. He attended Montpelier and Vergennes schools and Lyndon State and Keene State colleges. He had worked at the Basin Harbor Club and from there went to Maine to become a chef at Sprucewold Lodge. He purchased the Moorings Restaurant in Southwest Harbor, Maine and continued a career in the restaurant business until 1997. Survivors include one sister, Shirley Champine; nieces, nephews; two sisters-in-law; several great nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving was his special friend, Ellie Ryan. 

Moore, Catherine J., 99, of Websterville, died Aug. 26. Born in 1900 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of John and Flora (MacKinnon) MacDonald. She attended school in Cape Breton. In 1918, she moved to Boston and later moved to Websterville. She was first married to James Dan MacLellan, who died in 1946. She then married Andrew Moore, who died in 1966. She was a homemaker and a member of the Graniteville Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her daughter, Florence Payne; he son, John MacLellan; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Watson, Pamela Jo, 50, formerly of Barre and more recently of N.C., died Aug. 21. Born in 1949 in Barre City, she was the daughter of Joseph and Betty (Watson) Holden. She attended Lincoln School and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1971, she married Lewis Watson. They had lived in Rutland, where she was employed at the Little People's School. She had lived in N.C. since 1998. Survivors include her husband; one son, John; one daughter Lori Watson; her father and stepmother, Joseph and Donna Holden; two brothers; uncles, aunts and cousins.

Taft, Agnes Irene, 95, of Waterbury, died Aug. 25. Born in 1903 in Waterbury, she was the daughter of Howard and Clare (Demeritt) Stevens. She graduated from Waterbury High School and from Montpelier Seminary. In 1950, she married Delbert Taft, who died in 1990. She taught school in the Waterbury area and retired after 20 years as a bookkeeper at Vermont State Hospital. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. Survivors include a sister, Marjorie Timbers; two brothers, Charles and Kenneth; two half-brothers, Bertrand Stevens and Clinton Stevens.

Royce, Alton L., 73, formerly of Randolph and more recently of Braintree, died Aug. 24. Born in 1926 in Randolph, he graduated from Randolph High School. In 1949, he married Nadene Dickinson. He was employed by Charles Hanley Mills, Catlin's Mill and Sprague's Dairy, retiring in the late 1970s. He served in the Army during WWII. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ardie Royce; a sister, Sally Davis; two granddaughters.

Brown, Marguerite M., 84, formerly of Barre and more recently of St. Albans, died Aug. 25. Born in 1915 in Barre, she was the daughter of John and Bessie (Gauthier) MacAulay. She graduated from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing and practiced as a registered nurse in the State of Vermont. In 1940, she married Robert Holmes Brown, who died in 1990. She was a member of the Federated Church of Williamstown. Survivors include three children, Gale (Brown) Sumner; Melanie (Brown) McGovern and Dale Brown; one sister; six grandchildren;; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Lewis, Harriet K., 86, formerly of Greensboro, died Aug. 19. Born in 1913 in Greensboro, she retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Her husband, Harold Ewing Lewis, died in 1985. Survivors include two sons, Frederick and John; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Raymond.

McArthur, Elizabeth Allen, 85, of Berlin, died Aug. 22. Born in 1913 in Malone, N.Y., she was the daughter of William Allen and Bessie Skinner Allen. She attended school at Mt. Ida Junior College and Antioch College. She went to finishing school in Boston. In 1939, she married Francis Stephen McArthur Jr. She spent most of her life as an army officer's wife, traveling the world with her husband. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. Survivors include her son, F. Stephen McArthur III; three grandchildren.

Bowman, Andrew K. (Gump), 73, of Middlesex, died recently. Born in 1925 in Montpelier, he was the son of Carroll and Flora (Beckley) Bowman. He attended Montpelier schools and Montpelier High School. He served in the Navy during WWII and Korea. In 1947, he married Eva Wilkins. He was retired from IBM and prior to IBM was employed by G.B. Roode Co. and Maunsell Co. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Pamela Bowman Irish; one son, Bruce; one brother; one sister; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Cahill, Pauline Inez Morey, 69, of Barre City, died Aug. 19. Born in 1930 in Claremont, N.H., she was the daughter of Arthur and Flossie (Dumont) Morey. The family moved to Chelsea, where she attended school. She worked at various local restaurants and Sprague Electric in Barre. In 1949, she married Francis Cahill, who died in 1976. Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Cahill-Noury, Janet Renaud and Joan Cahill; four sons, Francis Jr., Brian, Jerry and Michael; two sisters; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Peloquin, Sandra J., 58, of Barre City, died Aug. 20. Born in 1941 in South Barre, she was the daughter of Aldo and Alberta (Henry) Peduzzi. She attended schools in Barre and was a graduate of Spaulding High School. She was employed as a nurses aide at the Central Vermont Hospital and the Berlin Health & Rehab Center. In 1958, she married Irenee (Rene) Peloquin. Survivors include her husband; her mother; six daughters, Laurie Peloquin, Mary Gray, Joanne Bellavance, Kathy Peloquin, Carol Poulin and Roberta Covey; two brothers; 10 grandchildren.

Strickland, Alton, 82, of So. Randolph, died Aug. 23. Born in 1917, he was the son of George and Caroline (Dearing) Strickland. He graduated from Randolph High School. In 1946, he married Constance Forguites. He was a mill worker at Fyles and Rice Veneer Mill in Bethel, a nurses aide at Gifford Memorial Hospital and at Tranquility Nursing Home. He also worked at Green Mountain Stock Farm in Randolph and was town clerk for Randolph for two years. Survivors include his wife; a son, William; a brother; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Pena, John F., Jr., 74, of Washington, died Aug. 19. Born in 1925 in Boston, Mass., he was the son of John and Florence (Mederios) Pena Sr. He graduated from Brockton (Mass.) High School and served in the Navy during WWII. He attended Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island. He had been employed by Avon Sole Company in Brockton, Mass. He and his companion, Annette Little, came to Washington in 1980; she died in 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Beals and Shirley Button; one son, Robert McGowan; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; niece, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Nelson, David E., 59, of Vershire, died Aug. 20. Born in Hanover, N.H., he was the son of Edwin and Etta Mae (Childs) Nelson. He helped his father on the dairy farm and sugar bush, mowed lawns and worked in the Village Cemetery. He was disabled and had lived at Tranquility Nursing Home in Randolph, the Brookside Nursing Home in Bradford and the Chelsea Home. Survivors include his mother; his father; two sisters, Elsie Burbank and Sylvia Palmer.

Miller, Edith D., 96, of Barre Town, died Aug. 21. Born in 1902 in Adamant, she was the daughter of Clarence and Mina (Witham) Martin. She attended Cabot schools and nurses training at Claremont Hospital in Claremont, N.H. In 1924, she married Harry Miller, who died in 1985. She was a homemaker and had worked in private care nursing and at nursing homes in East Barre and South Barre. She was a member of the Websterville Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, Willard, Harry and Robert; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

LeMay, ReJane, 77, of Barre City, died Aug. 20. Born in 1922 in Coaticooke, Quebec, she was the daughter of Victor and Lucy (Lanctot) LaPerle. The family moved to East Montpelier, where she attended school. In 1942, she married Cyril LeMay, who died in 1963. They owned and operated the LeMay Motel until 1975. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include one sister, Pauline Johnson; one brother, Norman LaPerle; many nieces and nephews.

Twing, Bruce Vernon, 59, of Chelsea, died Aug. 19. Born in 1939 in New Haven, Conn., he was the son of Vernon and Williamina (Rogers) Twing. He was a self-employed martial arts instructor, teaching Tae Kwon Do. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Twing; a son, Shawn; an adopted son, Gordon White; a brother; several nieces and nephews.

Healey, Daniel Peter, 88, of Worcester, died Aug. 21. He grew up in White River Jct., where he attended local schools and graduated from Hartford High School. He attended Braden Hall, Cornwall-on-the-Hudson Military Preparatory School and graduated from Norwich University. In 1941, he married Thelma Morgan Howieson. He served with the Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a certified professional civil engineer and was self-employed in the construction business in Montpelier and later was employed by the State of Vermont, retiring as an engineer for the Water Resource and Environmental Department. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Catherine Healey Provost and Elizabeth Healey Kilbride; three granddaughters; one grandson; four great-grandchildren; one sister. 

Ziter, Dorothy M., 69, formerly of Washington and more recently of Lyndonville, died Aug. 26. Born in 1930 in Washington, she was the daughter of Henry and Doris (Riley) McDonald. She graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1951, she married Herbert Ziter, they moved to Lyndonville in 1966. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth Parish. Survivors include her husband; a son, Herbert Jr.; two daughters, Sandra Burnham and Ann Anders; five grandchildren; two sisters.

Lilley, Freda Ainsworth, 76, formerly of So. Woodbury and more recently of North Pole, Alaska, died Aug. 25. Born in 1922 in Woodbury, she was the daughter of Arthur and Eva (Dana) Ainsworth. She attended Woodbury schools and graduated from Hardwick Academy. In 1945, she married Harry D. Lilley Sr. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; five sons, Harry Jr., Arthur, Kirk, Jon and Gary; two daughters, Cindy Huntsman and Kathy Schafer; a cousin, Ruth Hudon; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Gaudet, Katrina J., 31, formerly of Montpelier and more recently of Chester, N.H., died Aug. 24. Born in 1967 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Naomi Joslin. She graduated from Harwood Union High School and from the University of Vermont. She had been employed as a medical technologist for Path Labs in Bedford and Methuen, Mass. She was a member of the Chester Congregational/Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey Gaudet; a daughter, Catherine; a son, Noah Jae; her mother; a sister.

Leno, Glenna M., 89, of Waitsfield, died Aug. 26. Born in 1909 in Waitsfield, she was the daughter of John and Julia (Bettis) Martin. In 1930, she married Leighton E. Leno Sr. She graduated from the University of Vermont Normal School with a teaching certificate and taught in Warren and Waitsfield schools. She also taught in Mass. She graduated from North Adams State College in 1965 with a bachelor's degree. She retired in 1977. Survivors include a son, Leighton Jr.; a daughter, Beverly Stevens; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Lane, Catherine Daniels, 82, of East Montpelier, died Aug. 30. Born in 1917 in East Montpelier, she was the daughter of Harry and Iva (Burnham) Daniels. She graduated from Montpelier High School and was employed by the Vermont State Recreation Department during WWII. In 1970, she became vice president and director of Lane Manufacturing Company in Montpelier. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Lane; a brother, Ray F. Daniels.

Carpenter, Curtis W., 68, of Williamstown, died Aug. 28. Born in 1931 in Vershire, he was the son of Manley and Florence (Reed) Carpenter. In 1956, he married Margaret Cotter, who died in 1963. In 1967, he married Edna Chambers. He worked on several farms with his father, with L.B. Bowen of No. Tunbridge and on the construction of Interstate 89. He also worked at the Heal Factory in Wilder and at Jones Granite shed in Barre, becoming disabled in 1972. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife; a son, Eric; a daughter, Cora Benoir; two brothers; two sisters; two grandsons.

Osborne, Donald, 62, of Northfield, died Aug. 29. Born in 1937 in Berlin, he graduated from Northfield High School. In 1962, he married Shirley (Perra) Osborne. He served in the Air Force and worked for Richard Hedges Painting in Northfield and at Northfield Woolen Mills. He was also a stonecutter at Cetrangolo Finishing Works Inc., retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; one son, Michael; two daughters, Debbie DeLary and Barbara Amell; three brothers; nine grandchildren.

Ambrosini, Evelyn J., 89, of Barre Town, died Aug. 28. Born in 1909 in Barre, she was the daughter of Ernest and Annie (Barstow) Jones and attended Barre schools. In 1935, she married Irmo Ambrosini, who died in 1961. She worked at the former Rock of Ages Capacitor Plant and at Sprague Electric Co. in Barre. Survivors include two nieces, Joyce Cheney and Marie Burke; a nephew, Fred Mekkelsen; two cousins.

Carmolli, Gino A., 92, of Barre City died Aug. 28. Born in 1907 in Barre, he was the son of Luigi and Chiara (Lorenzini) Carmolli. He attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School and the University of Illinois. He joined McAllister and Kent Insurance Agency in Barre, which later became Berg, Carmolli and Kent Insurance Agency. He was a member of St. Monica's Church. In 1936, he married Shirley Hanson, who died in 1984. In 1987, he married Eleanor Diack. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Sandra Fitzgerald, Nan Parker and Wendy Gibson; two sons, Nick and Gino Terry; a stepson, Vernon Dyke; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Roya, Gladys M., 88, of Berlin, died Aug. 27. Born in 1911 in Worcester, she was the daughter of Bernard and Mary Bruce. She attend Worcester schools and Montpelier Seminary. In 1929, she married Herbert Roya Sr. She attended the Jehova Witness Church. Survivors include four sons, Herbert Jr., Bernard, Clarence and Leonard; two sisters; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Willey, Arnold G., 90, of Orange, died Aug. 28. Born in 1909 in Berlin Corner, he was the son of Irvin and Mary Ella (St. Jock) Willey. He attended Montpelier schools and graduated from Montpelier High School. He operated at farm and worked for the Town of Plainfield and later for the Town of Orange as road commissioner and for the Town of Barre Highway Department. He worked for Green Mountain boring until retiring in 1975. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Kinney and Beverly Burbank; one son, Robert; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a sister; two cousins; nieces and nephews.

Fielder, Ruth A., 87, of So. Royalton, died Aug. 29. Born in 1911 in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of Joseph and Alena (Hulse) Garrabrants. She attended high schools in Asbury Park, N.J. and Neptune, N.J. In 1935, she married Robert Fielder. She had been a secretary for Shore Hardware Inc. in Spring Lake, N.J. before moving to So. Royalton. She was a former member of the Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Avon, N.J. and a member of the United Church of So. Royalton. Survivors include her husband and several nieces and nephews.

Osborne, Donald, 62, of Northfield, died Aug. 29. Born in 1937 in Berlin, he graduated from Northfield High School. In 1962, he married Shirley Perra. He served in the Air Force and worked for Richard Hedges Painting in Northfield and at Northfield Woolen Mills. He was also a stonecutter at Cetrangolo Finishing Works Inc. in Northfield, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael; two daughters, Debbie DeLary and Barbara Amell; his mother; three brothers; nine grandchildren.

Grosse, Robert L., Sr., 59, of Thetford, died Aug. 27. Born in 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Robert and Alice (Bettis) Grosse. He was educated in Columbus and Cincinnati schools. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy. He attended the Lindsay Hopkins Culinary School. He was married to Linda Angela Waterman, who died in 1993. He had been employed at the Lake Tarleton Club in Piermont, N.H. and for Dartmouth College dining services. Survivors include two sons, Robert Jr. and Nicholas; a brother; one niece.

Stohlberg, Mary H., 86, of Montpelier, died Aug. 30. Born in 1913 in North Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (O'Sullivan) Sheppard. In 1943, she married Alex Stohlberg, who died in 1978. Survivors include two sons, Charles and Axel; two grandchildren.

Cronan, Michael P., formerly of Bethel, died Aug. 31. Born in 1955 in Randolph, he was the son of James and Mildred (Newell) Cronan. He graduated from Whitcomb High School and in 1990, married Edith Hewitt. He was a self-employed auto body mechanic and a plumber with Vermont Mechanical Inc. of Williston. Survivors include his wife; his mother; a daughter, Michele Cronan; two brothers; three stepsons, Theodore Taylor, Toby Taylor and Tony Taylor; three grandchildren.

Hallstrom, Carmen P., 77, of Barre, died Aug. 31. Born in 1922 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Joaquim and Innocencia (Pasqual) Sarabia. She graduated from Montpelier High School and in 1977, married Sidney Hallstrom. She worked at McCellan's Store in Montpelier and at National Life Insurance Co. in Montpelier. She was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Montpelier. Survivors include her husband; a brother, Manuel Sarabia.

Gladden, Bernard A., 85, of Berlin, died Aug. 31. Born in 1913 in Swanton, he was the son of Ernest and Jessie (Camp) Gladden. He attended schools in Swanton. In 1932, he married Cathrine Thompson, she predeceased him. In 1966, he married Kathryn Barber, who died in 1992. He worked as an auto mechanic and later owned a service station and most recently owned the Blue Sunoco Station on the Barre-Montpelier Road. He retired in 1972. He had served with the Army during WWII. Survivors include a son, Brian; a brother; four sisters.

Foster, Maurice C., 82, formerly of Moretown and more recently of Morrisville, died Sept. 1. Born in 1916 in Moretown, he was the son of Allen and Gladys (Chapin) Foster. In 1941, he married Bertha Bapp. He worked with the CCC building ski trails at Mad River Glen Ski Area and was later employed by J&L Machining Co. in Springfield. He worked for General Electric Co. in Burlington and for the Vermont State Highway Department. He attended the United Church of Colchester and was a former member of the United Church of Westford. Survivors include his wife; a brother, Donald Foster; a sister, Irma Farnham.


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