Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries - 1997

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Cassavoy, Richard A., 77, of Barre, died Feb. 19. Born in 1919 in Rexford, N.Y., he was the son of Albert and Maude (Baker) Cassavoy. He grew up in Plainfield. In 1940, he married Eva Lavigne. He was a member of St. Monica Parish and a 42­year employee of Buttura & Sons Granite, retiring in 1981. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael and Robert; three daughters, Suzanne (Mrs. William) Stone, Sandra (Mrs. Richard) Kelly and Sheila (Mrs. Robert) Rochefort; 14 grand­children; three great­grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; many nieces and nephews. 

Davis, Ranald O., 91, of Wolcott, died Feb. 17. Born in 1905 in Johnson, he was the son of Walter and Kitty (Fletcher) Davis. In 1932, he married Madelyn Hooper. Survivors include his wife; five children, Marilyn Locke, Albert Davis, Walter Davis, Roger Davis and Barbara King; 16 grandchildren; 25 great­grandchildren; one sister, Ada Foss. 

Allain, Maureen Lewis, 57, of Barre, died Feb. 14. Born in 1939 in Warrington, England, she was the daughter of William and Mary Britton. She attended schools there and came to the United States in 1958. She had been employed at several area restaurants. Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Lewis, Shari (Mrs. David) Duncan and Donna Lewis; three grand­children; a brother; six sisters; nieces and nephews. 

Fuller, Frederick E., 89, of Barre, died Feb. 14. He was born in 1907 in Stannard and was employed in the logging and farming industry in Vermont and Massachusetts. He attended the Seventh­Day Adventist Church. Survivors include his wife, Joanne; one son, Frederick Jr.; four stepsons, Earl, Brice, William and Joseph Lewis; one stepdaughter, Pearl Johnson; many grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

Tullar, Carolyn A., 54, of Corinth, died Feb. 16. Born in 1942 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Hill) Fleming. She attended schools in Middlebury and graduated from Searles High School in Mass. In 1962, she married James Allen Tullar. She had been employed as a nurse's aid. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Randall and Jeffrey; three grandchildren; her mother; nine sisters; four brothers; many nieces and nephews. 

Stone, Catherine G., 83, formerly of Montpelier, died Feb. 17. Born in 1914 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of William and Catherine (Buchanon) Hoare. She received her early education in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School. In 1945, she married Frank Stone. She was a secretary at National Life Insurance Company and a former member of St. John's Church (Episcopal) in Walpole, N.H. Survivors include her husband; one brother, Joseph Howard; five sisters, Louisa Jackson, Eunita Woodruff, Estella Meaker, Rowena Fellows and Phyllis Baker; many nieces and nephews. 

Ferris, Adrian K., 78, of Moretown, died Feb. 17. Born in 1918 in Montpelier, he was the son of Albert and Florence (Pierce) Ferris. He attended schools in Moretown and Montpelier Seminary and served with the Army during WWII. In 1944, he married Bernadette McGowan, who died in 1992. He was a truck driver for G.T. Evans Company, Merrill Transportation and Dubois Trucking and later worked as a painter for Brothers Building Company, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Moretown United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Ferris and Florence Izzo; a son, Adrian Jr.; four granddaughters; three brothers; one sister; nieces and nephews. 

Corey, Anthony M., 82, of South Barre, died Feb. 20. Born in 1915 in Caribou, Maine, he was the son of Amos and Celia (Ziter) Corey. The family moved to the Barre five years later. In 1935, he married Mary J. Teja. He worked for Ward Baking Company, retiring in 1977. He was a member of the St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; one son, Frank; two daughters, Antoinette Taylor and Carol Ann (Mrs. Michael) Ryan; a sister; six grandchildren; 11 great­grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

Lowe, Hazel M., 91, of Waterbury, died Feb. 20. Born in 1905 in Waterbury, she was the daughter of Burt and Cora (Murray) Dalley. In 1929, she married Russ Lowe. They farmed in Waterbury for many years. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Linda Rushford and Janice Dean; one son, Everett; 27 grandchildren; 34 great­grandchildren; three great­great­grandchildren; one sister; a cousin; nieces and nephews. 

Fitzpatrick, Marguerite, 89, formerly of Barre, died Feb. 15. Born in 1907 in Barre, she was the daughter of Charles and Alice (Sibley) Kent. She graduated from Bradford Academy and Middlebury College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree. She taught in New York state, in New Jersey and in Bradford. She was a member of Bradford Congregational Church. Survi­vors include four nephews, Clarence Kent, Charles Kent II, George Kent Jr. and Ralph Kent; many great­nieces and great­nephews; and great­great­nieces. 

Riddel, Preston, 70, of Montpelier, died Feb. 20. Born in 1926 in Montpelier, he was the son of Charles and Florence (McGovern) Riddel. He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in engineering. He had worked for the Department of the Interior, as assistant superin­tendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and as superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore, retiring in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Ola Mae (Tow) Riddel. 

Austin­McClellan, Dor­othy E., 73, formerly of Randolph, died recently in Portland, Maine. Born in 1924 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Ernest and Valentine (Packard) Austin. She had owned her own hair salon in Hanover, N.H. and also was a tour hostess for Maine Line Tours. Her husband, Harold McClellan, predeceased her. Survivors include two stepsons, Gerald and Stephen McClellan; two stepdaughters, Juliann Putt and Bonnie Hooper; three nieces; seven step­grandchildren; two step­great­grandchildren. 

Dindo, Joseph, 80, of Barre Town, died Feb. 19. Born in 1916 in Montpelier, he was the son of Giovanni and Francesca (Rossi) Dindo. He attended schools in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the Army. In 1946, he married Olive Gomez. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service at the Barre Post Office, retiring in 1977. He was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include his wife; four sons, John, Charles, Michael and Robert; one daughter, Deborah Linehan; 14 grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. 

Bowman, Keith L., 80, of Randolph, died Feb. 19. Born in 1916 in Morrill, Kansas, he was the son of Peter and Bessie (Lawrence) Bowman. He attended schools in New York state and graduated from Kings Ferry (N.Y.) High School. In 1943, he married Kathryn Slifka, who died in 1968. In 1969, he married Doris (Stewart) Cannan. He served with the Army during WWII. He first worked at Agway in New York and then as plant superintendent with Ethan Allen in N.Y., retiring from there in 1971 after moving to Randolph and becoming the plant manager there. He then operated his own furniture store in Randolph. Survivors include his wife; one son, Keith; one daughter, Patricia Mayer; three stepchildren, Diane Lane, Donald Cannan and Deborah Delany; five grandchildren; two great­grandsons; seven step­great­grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters. 

Kerr, Sara M., 2, daughter of Robert and Amy Kerr of Michigan, died Feb. 7 in Michigan. She was born in 1994. Survivors include her parents; her brother, Shaun; her grandparents, Robert and Susan Kerr of East Montpelier, Bryon and Alice Downing of Chelsea, and Blaine and Anne Ducharme of Michigan; great­grandparents; several aunts and uncles. 

Normandeau, J. Marcel, 87, formerly of Montpelier, died Feb. 18. Born in 1925 in New Richmond, Quebec, he moved to Montpelier in 1925. He moved to Mass., where he established a monument company, retiring in 1974. His wife, Cecile Croteau, died 10 years ago. Survivors include a son, Leon; a daughter, Louise Finegan; five grandchildren; one great­grandson; three brothers; two sisters. 

Shaneberger, Kerri B., 27, formerly of Barre, died Feb. 15. Born in Flemington, N.J., she was the daughter of Judith Davidson and Gary Shaneberger. She lived in Barre, graduating from Spaulding High School and attended the University of Vermont. She was attending Iowa State University, planning to graduate in May. Survivors include her mother; her father; two brothers, Gary Jr. and Gray; a sister, Jennifer Shaneberger; her grandmother. 

Williams, Cecil E., 84, of Wolcott, died Feb. 16. Born in 1913 in Albany, he was the son of Edward Wellington and Clara (Weston) Williams. He attended public schools in Hardwick and graduated from Hardwick Academy. In 1945, he married Evelyn Smith. In 1945, he married Lillian Pearl Colbeth, who died in 1991. He served with the Navy. He operated Williams Garage on Route 15 in Wolcott until the early 1970s, when he retired. He was affiliated with the United Church of Hardwick. Survivors include four sons, Stanley, Donald, Douglas and Stephen; two daughters, Carol Fowler and Vicki Niles; nine grandchildren; five step­grandchildren; 11 great­grandchildren; one sister; several nieces and nephews. 

Lyford, Joyce A., 56, formerly of Chelsea, died Feb. 14. Born in 1940 in Chelsea, she was the daughter of Bryon and Doris Mae (Ploof) Maynard. She attended Chelsea Elementary and Chelsea High School. She had worked at VanRaalte Corp. in Randolph and at the Darling Inn, Pine Knoll Nursing Home and Electronic Precision Inc., all in Lyndonville and later at the St. Johnsbury Convalescent Home. In 1961, she married Lawrence Lyford Sr. Survivors include her husband; one son, Lawrence Jr.; three daughters, Kathy Ann Parent, Gail Marie Lovell and Mary Sue Regione; two brothers; 11 grandchildren; an uncle and many nieces and nephews. 

Tallman, Leora L., 85, of Waterbury, died March 3. Born in 1911 in Wolcott, she was the daughter of Elbridge and Pearl (Boardman) Luther. In 1928, she married Raymond Tallman, who died in 1983. She served in several capacities while employed by the State of Vermont Mental Health Division, retiring in 1973. Survivors include one son, Darrell; two grandchildren; three great-grandsons; a foster daughter, Dorothy Baker; a sister; nieces and nephews.

Montague, Pauline, 64, of East Montpelier, died March 4. Born in 1932 in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Mason and Demis (Johnson) White. She attended Montpelier graded schools and graduated from Montpelier High School. She married Earl J. Montague and they owned and operated several businesses. She was a member of St. Augustine Church. Survivors include her husband; one son, Arthur; one daughter, Dianna Belliveau; two grandchildren; one sister; several nieces and nephews.

Purple, Betsey Jane, 87, of Randolph Center, died March 3. Born in 1909 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Gerald and Florence (Bennett) Fish. She was educated in Randolph schools and became an elementary teacher. She worked in area stores and was a clerk at the Randolph Center Post Office for 20 years. In 1933, she married Preston P. Purple. They owned and operated Purple's Hilltop Orchard. He died in 1987. Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Mrs. James) Lumbra; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Gitchell, Lawrence E., 88, formerly of Montpelier and a resident of West Hartford, Conn. since 1940, died March 6. Born in Montpelier, he graduated from Montpelier High School. He was senior highway engineer with the State of Connecticut and was co-owner of Sellew and Gitchell Land Surveyors. He served with the Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Universalist Church of West Hartford. His first wife, Arvilla (Sachsenhauser) Gitchell, is deceased. Survivors include his present wife, Barbara; two daughters, Ruth Gitchell and Alice Gitchell; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

McMahon, Helen, 85, of Berlin, died March 13. Born in 1911, she was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Fraykor) Brecho. She was married to Leo McMahon, who is deceased. She was employed at the former W.T. Grant Store in New York state before moving to Montpelier. She was a member of the St. Augustine Church. Her only known survivors are nieces and nephews.

Robar, James L., 42, formerly of Barre and more recently of Texas, died March 3. Born in 1955 in Barre, he was the son of Frederick and Ilanore (Pillsbury) Robar. He received his early education at the former Quarry School in Graniteville and graduated from Williamstown High School. He served with the Army. He was an auto mechanic and body work specialist. In 1978, he married Connie Henes; they later divorced. In 1987, he married Deborah Smith. Sur-vivors include his wife; two daughters, Jennifer Robar and Amanda Robar; his father and his wife, Fred and Lee Robar; his stepmother, Rachel Robar; two brothers; six sisters; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Morin, Louis, 84, of Barre Town, died March 5. Born in 1912 in Graniteville, he was the son of Remi and Wilhemina (Hissoire) Morin. He grew up in Graniteville where he attended Holy Ghost School and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1938, he married Loretta Desilets. He retired from Rock of Ages Corp. after 46 years of service. He was a member of St. Sylvester Church. Survivors include his wife; one son, Philip; one daughter, Claire Daniels; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sollace, James T., 71, of Waterbury, died March 5. Born in 1926 in Shoreham, he was the son of Ira and Belle (Blair) Sollace. He attended schools in Waitsfield and served with the Navy during WWII. In earlier years, he worked for W.E. Collins Ford dealership in Waterbury and in 1954, moved to California. He was employed as an autobody painter at Ford and Lincoln Mercury manufacturing plant. He later became a commercial air conditioning repair technician. Since he returned to Vermont, he had worked in the maintenance division at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. Survivors include a son, James Michael Sollace; two grandsons; nieces and nephews.

Garcia, Antonio, C., 46, of Williamstown, died March 5. Born in 1950 in Valencia, Spain, he was the son of Antonio R. and Mary Garcia. He came to Barre with his parents in 1955 where he received his early education and graduated from Spaulding High School. He received his BA in education from Lyndon State College and a BS in physical therapy from the University of Vermont. He had been employed as a physical therapist at CVH. In 1988, he married Susan McLellan. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Nathan and Gabriel; his parents; one brother; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cruickshank, Ella L., 97, of Northfield, died March 4. Born in 1900 in Randolph, she was the daughter of Walter and Lillian (Farrar) Cruickshank. She attended school in Roxbury. In 1919, she married James A. Cruickshank, who died in 1947. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Northfield Falls. Survivors include a son, Lawrence; two daughters, Mary Senter and Ladora Binns; two sisters; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild.

Slawsky, Augusta Magerman, 90, of Berlin, died March 4. Born in 1907 in the Ukraine, she was the daughter of Dora and Fischel Magerman. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School for Women. She graduated from Philadelphia School of Nursing and was employed in three major hos-pitals in Philadelphia before entering the field of private duty nursing. Her husband, Samuel, died in 1959. Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Mrs. Stephen) Coble; four grandchildren; two nieces.

Cole, Arthur W., 86, of Hardwick, died March 4. Born in 1911 in Greensboro Bend, he was the son of Wesley and Sadie (Withers) Cole. He graduated from Greensboro High School. In 1932, he married Lillian (Fuller) Cole, who died in 1981. He retired after a long career with the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad. Survivors include a son, Dennis; a daughter, Norma (Mrs. Clement) Giroux; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Young, Carl J., 52, of Greensboro, died Feb. 28. Born in 1944 in East Orange, N.J., he was the son of Harvey and Nadine (Robert) Young. In 1966, he married Mary Barr. He was a longtime summer resident of Greensboro. Survivors include his wife, his mother; a son, Michael; a daughter, Nancy Young; a brother.

Chiodi, Lorenzo, 91, of Barre, died Feb. 28. Born in 1905 in Pavulo, province of Modena, Italy, he was the son of Domenico and Adele (Olivari) Chiodi. He came to the United States with his family and attended schools in Waterbury, graduating from Albany (N.Y.) Business College. He was involved in the granite industry in Barre and was a co-owner and president of the former Modern Granite Company. He served with the Vermont Army National Guard during WWII. His memberships included the Barre Congregational Church. In 1927, he married Martha Reffi, who died in 1991. Survivors include his son, Larry; his daughter, Rosemary Wheelock; two grandsons; four nephews and a niece.

Welch, Robert C., 80, of Barre, died Feb. 28. Born in 1916 in Plainfield, he was the son of Nelson and Bessie (Batchelder) Welch. In 1938, he married Mary A. Tinkham, who died in 1991. He served as a member of the home guard during WWII. He worked at the Carlos Dunn Farm in East Ryegate and was later employed by Ryegate Paper Mill, H.P. Hood, Four-All Grain Co. of East Barnet and the Barnet school system, where he was a maintenance engineer and bus driver. Survivors include a son, Robert Welch; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister; one brother; several nieces and nephews.

Boardman, Stanley R., 74, of East Montpelier, died Feb. 28. Born in 1922 in Barre, he was the son of Dennis and Gertrude (Jackman) Boardman. He received his education at Peoples Academy in Morrisville. He served with the U.S. Air Corp. In 1950, he married Zeta DeVittori. He had worked at Rouleau Granite Company in Barre and later at Walker Motors and Allen Lumber. He was a member of the Montpelier Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael; two grandchildren; two sisters.

Gay, Charlotte L., 64, of Barre, died Feb. 27. Born in 1933 in Enfield, N.H., she was the daughter of Ralph and Bessie (Maynard) Farnsworth. She came to Barre as a child and attended local schools. In 1959, she married Ernest Gay. She worked at area nursing homes as a nurse's aide. Her memberships included the St. Monica Parish. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Pauline Farnsworth, Laurie (Mrs. Edwin) Larkin and Darlene (Mrs. Alfred) Avery; one son, Michael Gay; one brother; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Miller, Osmond H., 87, of Websterville, died Feb. 28. Born in 1910 in Websterville, he was the son of John and Ethel (Bennett) Miller. He attended local elementary schools, graduated from Spaulding High School and from Coyne Electrical College in Chicago, Ill. He served with the Army Air Corp during WWII. After returning to Vermont, he was employed at Rock of Ages Capacitor plant and later worked for the town of Barre, Miller Building Company and Martin Construction, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Church of Good Shepherd (Episcopal) of Barre. In 1953, he married Phyllis Page. Survivors include his wife; three sons, James, Merle and Michael; three daughters, Debra, Dawn and Diane; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Frerichs, Genevieve, 89, of Montpelier, died March 6. Born in 1908 in Highland Park, Ill., she was the daughter of Louise (Watkins) and Ricker Van Metre. She grew up in Evanston, Ill. and attended schools in Roycemore. She attended Sweet Brier College and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1938, she married Boris Gilbertson. They moved to Wisconsin and later returned to Evanston, where she was director of the Evanston Art Center and then at Northwestern University. In 1971, she married Rudolph Frerichs. She moved to Montpelier in 1989. Survivors include a son, Eric Gilbertson; three grandsons; a sister; a brother; many nieces and nephews.

Fitzpatrick, Anna G., 76, of Barre, died March 7. Born in 1920 in Websterville, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna Rose (O'Connor) Cleary. She attended St. Michael's High School. After high school, she worked in the Barre town manager's office and Selective Service Board. She also worked for the War Production Board and the USO and the Federal Housing Authority. In 1943, she married Raymond Fitzpatrick. She then became office manager of her husband's law firm. Mr. Fitzpatrick died in 1995. She was a member of St. Monica Church. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Fox; two sons, Raymond and John; seven grandchildren; a brother.

Brown, Mary D., 89, of Randolph, died March 6. Born in 1907 in Lowell, Mass., she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Gorman) Howe. She received her education in the Lowell school system and graduated from the Lowell Normal School, now University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In 1931, she married Edward A. Brown, who died in 1986. She was a school teacher in Rochester and then worked at Hill's Department Store in Randolph before becoming a sales representative for Sarah Coventry products. She was a member of Sts. Donatian and Rogatian Church. Survivors include a son, Edward; three grandchildren.

Grenier, Delphire A., 95, of Barre, died March 12. Born in 1902 in St. Malo, Quebec, she was the daughter of George and Meranda (Favreau) Therrien. In 1926, she married Hercule L. Gauthier, who died in 1956. In 1964, she married Napoleon Grenier, who died in 1973. She was a member of St. Monica Church. She is remembered by many people as an accomplished seamstress. Survivors include four sons, Gaston, Fernand, Norman and Gerald; five daughters, Cecile (Mrs. Carroll) Fuller, Lorraine Norkeveck, Carmen Gauthier, Francois (Mrs. Paul) Carrier and Noella (Mrs. Tulvio) Durand; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother; several nieces and nephews.

Stubbs, Jean W., 82, of Waitsfield, died March 7. Born in 1914 in Palisades, N.J., he was the son of Ralph and Felicie (Pierne) Stubbs. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York and worked for many years for the Chemical Construction Corp. in New York, retiring in 1979. In 1944, he married Dolerita Holloway and in 1982, they moved to Waitsfield. Mrs. Stubbs died in 1996. While in Waitsfield, he was dispatcher for Mad River Valley Ambulance Service. Survivors include two daughters, Dolerita Gansz and Roberta Egan; one son, Gilbert; four grandchildren; two sisters; a brother; nieces and nephews.

Witham, Carroll E., Sr., 78, of East Montpelier, died March 8. Born in 1918 in Worcester, he was the son of Fred and Blanche (Graves) Witham. He spent his early years in Worcester and was educated in Worcester. He served with the Civil Con-servation Corp. and in 1941, joined the Army Air Corps, serving during WWII. He worked for Cross Bakery Company in Montpelier and was in the construction trade business, having been employed by Charles Ellingwood and Waugh Con-struction Company. Survivors include his wife, Helen Bailey Witham; three sons, Carroll Jr., Bradley and Bruce; two grandchildren; two brothers; nieces and nephews.

Collins, Tyler, infant son of Eugene Robinson Jr. and Contessa Collins, died shortly after birth March 7. Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Sherry and Ernest Collins and Pearline Robinson; great-grandparents, Hilda Collins and Chester and Mavis Beede; and Robert and Theresa Joyal; great-great-grandmother, Rachel Beede; several aunts and uncles; great-aunts and great-uncles; great-great-aunts and great-great-uncles.

McCanna, George E., 79, formerly of Hardwick, died March 9. He was postmaster in Hardwick for 28 years before retiring and moving to Florida. He was a veteran of the Air Force, serving during WWII. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn McCanna; three sons, William, Timothy and Patrick; one daughter, Michele Campbell; eight grandchildren.

Bowden, Barbara H., 78, of Montpelier, died March 13. Born in 1918 in Waltham, Mass., she was the daughter of Douglas Hayes and Marguerite (Tice) Hayes. She graduated from Montpelier High School and from Bradford Junior College, receiving a degree from American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She was a member of the Women's Army Corps. She married Lt. Col. William Bowden while in the service. She had been a member of the Goldsboro Players and the Montpelier Theater Guild. She was more recently employed at Glove Theater in San Diego, Champlain College and the Shelburne Museum. Survivors include her son, Douglas; two grandchildren; two sisters; two nephews and one niece.

Walker, Cecil O., 86, of Montpelier, died March 10. Born in 1910 in Duxbury, she was the daughter of Wendell and Rena (Corse) Phillips. She was educated in Duxbury schools. In 1936, she married Roy Walker, who died in 1992. She was employed as an operator by New England Telephone Co. Survivors include two son, Roy and Robert; one sister; two nieces and one nephew.

Berard, Leo D., 84, formerly of Websterville/Gran-iteville area, died March 12. Born in 1912 in Websterville, he was the son of Dosithee and Carrie (Dupre) Berard. He graduated from the former Holy Ghost School in Graniteville. In 1936, he moved to Concord, N.H., where he was employed by Brezner & Allied Tannery, from which he retired. Survivors include a daughter, Rita Beard; four sisters; two brothers; many nieces and nephews; and an aunt. His wife, Josephine (Pelillo) Berard, died in 1985.

Leslie, Rachel H., 83, of Berlin, died March 11. Born in 1913 in Middlesex, she was the daughter of Ephraim and Alice Hale Hill. She attended Putnamville Graded School and the former Montpelier Seminary. She was in charge of the hot lunch program in the Riverton School for many years and also worked for the Real Good Toy Company out of her home. She was a member of MacKenzie Memorial Methodist Church in Riverton. Survivors include her husband, Clair Leslie; one son, Ronald; two grandchildren; two nieces.

Corliss, Donald R., 64, of Groton, died March 7. Born in Bethlehem, N.H., he was the son of Alfred and Viola (Washburn) Corliss Sr. He attended schools in Bethlehem. He was a finish carpenter and stone mason. He had worked for Whitney's of Franconia, N.H. and Whitcomb Siding of Littleton, N.H. Since moving to Groton, he had been self-employed. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor (Young) Corliss; a daughter, Loretta C. Robinson; six brothers; three sisters; his stepfather; many nieces and nephews.

DeFalco, Betty O'Con-nell, 93, of Thetford Center, died March 11. Born in 1903 in Kilgarvan, Kerry, Ireland, she was the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Sullivan) O'Connell. She attended schools in Ireland and came to the United States in 1929. In 1942, she married Henry J. DeFalco, who died in 1980. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bradford. Survivors include nieces, nephews and cousins.

O'Connor, Michael J., 59, of South Woodbury, died Feb. 23. Born in 1937 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Gerald and Honora (Moloney) O'Connor. He graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn with a degree in philosophy and attended graduate school at Fordham University. He received his master's degree from University of Vermont. In 1959, he married Noreen Carr. He was an iron worker in New York City and taught on Long Island, N.Y. He and his family moved to South Woodbury and became residents in 1973. He taught in the Montpelier school system for 23 years. Survivors include his wife, Noreen; his sons, Brian, Seth and Terence; his daughter, Deirdre Ann; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mercer, Audrey E., 76, of Randolph, died March 12. Born in 1921 in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of Charles and Frances (Davis) Bennett. She attended schools in Boston and graduated from the Chandler Business School there. In 1942, she married Maurice Mercer, who died in 1980. She was employed at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph and later worked as a secretary for at Orange County Mental Health, from which she retired. She was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Wheatley; a son, Peter; four grandchildren.

Crain, Charles M., 72, of Northfield, died March 13. Born in 1924 in Holyoke, Mass., he was the son of Rev. Orville Edward and Mae (Moody) Crain. He graduated from Brockton High School in Brockton, Mass. He served with the Army during WWII. In 1950, he married Ann Lillian Grieg Eide. He was a college professor for 42 years, retiring in 1992 from Northfield University. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Northfield. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Christopher, Robin and Bruce; a daughter, Anita Grieg Crain; a sister; one grandson.

Dufresne, Jeanne Y., 85, formerly of Hardwick, died March 12. Born in St. Edwidge, Province of Quebec, she came to Vermont when she was a child and lived in Hardwick. She completed her education at Mount St. Joseph in St. Johnsbury and moved to the Bronx in 1938 to work at Villa Maria Academy. Survivors include a sister, Sister Pauline Dufresne; several nieces and nephews.

Gable, Wanda B., 70, of Barre Town, died March 13. Born in 1926 in Marshfield, she was the daughter of F. Clifton and Ethel (Powers) Bailey. She attended schools in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1946, she married James W. Gable, who died in 1989. She had been a partner with her husband, father and brother in the operation of Bailey Warehouse, Bailey Bros. and other related businesses. She and her husband also founded and owned Gable Auto Paint and Supplies and Gable Warehouse. She was a member of the Montpelier Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Craig; three daughters, Cynthia, Debra and Jane; two grandchildren; a brother; a half-sister; nieces and nephews.

McDuff, Edward, 72, for-merly of Calais, died March 2. Brought up in Calais, he received his early education there and graduated from Plainfield High School and Lyndon State College. He taught school in West Fairlee and Thetford and was town clerk in West Fairlee. He later moved to New York and continued teaching. There are no known survivors.

Huntington, Mary Jane, 58, of Graniteville, died March 10. Born in 1938 in Hanover, N.H., she was the daughter of John and Meda (Roberts) Fields. She received her education in Lyme and Orford (N.H.) schools and graduated from Orford High School. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Plymouth Hos-pital. Survivors include two sons, Eric and Jeff; one daughter, Sandra May; three brothers; three sisters; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A longtime companion, LeRoy Bishop, died in 1996.

Pray, Fred L., 74, of Bradford, died March 10. Born in 1922 in Corinth, he was the son of Fred and Hatie (Clough) Pray. He received his education in East Orange. In 1956, he married Mary H. Abbott. He was a woodsman and farm laborer and had been employed at the Waits River Bobbin Mill. Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Josephine Bruleigh and Mary Flye; several nieces and nephews.

Graham, Sibella D., 83, of Randolph, died March 10. Born in 1913 in Kearny, N.J., she was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hannah) Duff. She attended schools in Kearny. In 1944, she married Andrew Graham, who died in 1963. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ennis; a son, Thomas; three grandchildren.

Paterson, Richard T., 78, of Barre, died March 10. Born in 1918 in Barre, he was the son of George and Margaret (Thompson) Paterson. He attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School. In 1940, he married Jane Irene Dreyer. He became employed by the James McLeod Plumbing and Heating Company and retired from Averill's Plumbing, Heating and Hardware Store in Barre, which he and his brother had owned and operated. He was a member of the Barre Universalist Church. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Suzanne (Mrs. Robert) Cassavoy and Tracy (Mrs. Richard) Henrikson; five granddaughters.

Guare, J. Richard, 75, of Montpelier, died March 10. Born in 1921 in Montpelier, he was the son of Thomas and Florence (Emmons) Guare. He attended St. Michael's Elementary School and graduated from St. Michael's High School. He joined the Montpelier Fire Department and continued as a volunteer until 1979. He had been a member of the Coast Guard. In 1945, he married Helen A. Schefisch. He attended Boston School of Embalming and returned to Montpelier. He succeeded his father in the management of Guare & Sons Funeral Home, retiring in 1984. In addition to the funeral home, he also operated an ambulance service in the central Vermont area. He belonged to St. Augustine Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Margaret (Mrs. James) Bouffard; four sons, Phil, Thomas, John and Paul; three granddaughters; one grandson; two step-grandsons; two brothers; one sister; many nieces and nephews.


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