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Addie Aldrich, 80
ASCUTNEY -- Addie L. Aldrich, 80, died Wednesday morning (Oct. 2, 1996) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She spent her winters in Florida and her summers with her daughter in Ascutney for several years.
Mrs. Aldrich formerly worked at the Heel Factory in Wilder, Vt., for 19 years and retired in 1973.

She was a former member of Wilder Junior Guild. She was born in Alburg, Vt., on Aug. 24, 1916, the daughter of Lee and Myrtle (Le Tourneau) Lapan. She attended schools in Burlington and Hinesburg, Vt. On Nov. 12, 1939, she married Robert E. Aldrich in Fair Haven, Vt. They lived in Wilder for many years. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Howard (Sandra A.) Smith of Ascutney; one son, Ronald Aldrich of North Hartland; three brothers, Donald Lapan of Georgia, Vt., Richard Lapan of Fort Ann, N.Y., and Kenneth Lapan of Haines City, Fla.; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Alberta Davis in 1978; and a son, Donald R. Aldrich in 1994.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Knight Funeral Home on Ascutney Street in Windsor.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Burial will follow in Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton, Vt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Ascutney Chapter No. 2 Order of Eastern Star, in care of Donna Townsend, P.O. Box 602, Windsor, Vt. 05089.

Carrie Fifield, 74
MASARYKTOWN, Fla. -- Carrie N. Fifield, 74, died Sept. 26, 1996, at Transitional Hospital in Tampa, Fla., after a lengthy illness.
Before moving to Florida, she was a longtime Charlestown resident and native of Bellows Falls.

She was born in Bellows Falls on April 11, 1922, the daughter of Eugene and Carrie (Watkins) Nelson.

She was raised and educated in Charlestown.

Her two husbands, Harry Wainwright Sr. and Donald Fifield, both predeceased her. Survivors include two sons, George Wainwright of Langdon and Harry Wainwright of York, Pa.; one daughter, Sandra Shulz of Solsbury, Ind.; one sister, Margery Hazen of Charlestown; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation and burial will take place at the convenience of the family in Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to: Masaryktown First Baptist Church in Florida. The National Crematorium and Burial Society in Florida is in charge of arrangements (telephone 352-799-7887).

Charlotte Beardsley, 75
SPRINGFIELD -- Charlotte H. Beardsley, 75, of Dean Street, died Sunday morning (Sept. 29, 1996) at her home. She was lifelong Springfield resident.
Mrs. Beardsley was a registered nurse and worked as an industrial nurse at Bryant Grinder Corp. in Springfield for 10 years.

She was a member of the T.O.P.S. Club, Garden Club, Humane Society and Miller Art Center, all in Springfield. For many years, Mrs. Beardsley was an American Red Cross volunteer and worked at local blood drawings and for the Cancer Dressing Committee at Springfield Hospital. She was an avid knitter and rug hooker. She also enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Beardsley was a longtime parishioner of Springfield First Congregational Church. She was born in Springfield on Oct. 6, 1920, the daughter of John and Marjorie (Patch) Hogue.

On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Robert O. Beardsley Jr. in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband, Robert O. Jr. of Springfield; two daughters, Juliet B. Loutrel of Springfield and Kimberly Beardsley of Woodstock, Vt.; one sister, Earline B. Whitney of Springfield; three granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield, with the Rev. Richard Ryder, pastor of Springfield First Congregational Church, officiating. Private burial services will be held later this week at Summer Hill Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to: Springfield Humane Society, P.O. Box 398, Springfield, Vt. 05156.

Charles Robie, 70
NEWPORT -- Charles W. Robie, 70, of 95 Barton Whitney Road, died Saturday (Sept. 28, 1996) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a short illness.
He was a longtime Newport resident and native of Massachusetts. Mr. Robie was an avid horseman and raised and bred Arabian horses for many years. He was a member of New England All Arabian Association and served as manager of the Arabian Horse Show in West Springfield, Mass., for many years.

Mr. Robie was also an avid dog enthusiast. He raised and trained miniature Pinschers for many years and received many dog champion awards. He was a member of the Schipperke Club of America, the Miniature Pinscher Club and the Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club of America.

Mr. Robie worked at Dorr Woolen Mill in Newport for 19 years before retiring. He was born in Malden, Mass., on May 23, 1926, the son of Charles W. and Helen M. (Brazier) Robie.

Survivors include his close friend, Kenneth Bennett, who lived with him; and an aunt, Ellen Brazier.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at his home.

Cremation will follow and burial will take place in Forrest City Cemetery in South Portland, Maine.

The cremation Society of New Hampshire, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Randall, 82
KEENE, N.H. -- Daniel T. Randall, 82, of 16 Hancock St., died Monday morning (Sept. 30, 1996) at his home. He was a longtime Keene resident.
Mr. Randall formerly worked at Walpole Post Office for many years. He had also worked at Hinsdale (N.H.) Raceway. He was born in Lynn, Mass., the son of Alonzo and Charlotte (Bacon) Randall.

Mr. Randall was raised and educated in Lynn and spent his summers in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an active participant of Keene Hospice Program, Meals on Wheels and was a counselor for the Community Peer Program in Keene. He was also an American Red Cross volunteer.

He was a World War II vetereran. Mr. Randall was a member of St. Paul Masonic Lodge No. 30 in Langdon.

He was a parishioner of Westport United Methodist Church.

His wife, Blanche (Morehouse) Randall, died in 1991.

Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Shapiro of Leeward, Kan., Judith Cicierega of Bridgewater, Mass., and Janet Whitlock of Randolph, Vt.; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Westport United Methodist Church in Westport Village. A fellowship hour will follow at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keene Hospice, 69 Island St., Keene, N.H. 03431. The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St., in Keene, is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Farmer, 96
WALPOLE -- Edith L. Farmer, 96, died Saturday morning (Sept. 28, 1996) at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H.
Since 1987, she lived in Walpole and formerly resided in Newington, Conn., for many years.

She was born in Durham, N.H., on July 15, 1900, the daughter of George and Isabelle (Garland) Langley. Her husband, Albert Farmer, died earlier.

Survivors include one daughter, Norma Larson of Walpole; one sister, Josephine Law of Keene; and two nieces. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery on Elm Street in Rocky Hill, Conn. Memorial donations may be made to a one's favorite charity. The Foley Funeral Home in Keene is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Richardson, 72
NEWPORT -- Edward F. Richardson, 72, of Chandler Mills Road, died Sunday (Sept. 29, 1996) at Veterams Administration Medical þ Center in White River Junction, Vt. He was a longtime New Hampshire resident and lived in Newport for 55 years. Mr. Richardson was a machinist at Micro Precision Co. in Sunapee.
He was an avid card player. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was born in Grafton, N.H., on June 29, 1924, the son of Christopher and Annie (Greenwood) Richardson. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Geraldine (Demars) Richardson of Newport; five sons, Bruce, Michael, Gary and Kim Richardson, all of Newport, and Jay Richardson of Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Lecia Richardson and Amy Gobin, both of Newport; two brothers, Christopher Richardson Jr. of Newport and Lyle Richardson of Bradenton, Fla.; three sisters, Marion Waterman and Annabelle Lamare, both of Newport, and Polly Smith of Bradenton; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, David Richardson. There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to: Edward F. Richardson Memorial Fund, Box 21, Chandler Mills Road, Newport, N.H. 03773.

The Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., in Newport, is in charge of arrangements.

Felecia Reczek, 74
WEST RUTLAND, Vt. -- Felecia C. Reczek, 74, died Saturday (Sept. 28, 1996) at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was a, lifelong West Rutland resident.
Mrs. Reczek was a registered nurse and worked at Rutland Hospital for several years before retiring in 1984. She was a parishioner and took care of the church sanctuary for many years at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in West Rutland.

She was born in West Rutland on Jan. 14, 1922, the daughter of Stanislaus and Eva (Jaroszczak) Reczek. She graduated from West Rutland High School and in 1950 from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Patterson, N.J. Survivors include three brothers, the Rev. Felix J. Reczek of Bellows Falls, Joseph Reczek of West Rutland and Peter Reczek of Rutland; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Josephine Reczek and Mary Phillips; and two brothers, Martin and Paul Reczek.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Mullin-Clifford Funeral Home in West Rutland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in West Rutland with her brother, the Rev. Felix Reczek, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Bellows Falls, as celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Bellows Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Community Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, Vt. 05701.

Frank Freitas, 78
SPRINGFIELD -- Frank A. Freitas, 78, of Hall Street, died Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 1, 1996) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a brief illness. He was a longtime Springfield resident and Massachusetts native. Mr. Freitas worked more than 35 years at the former Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield. For the past 13 years, he worked at Springfield Medical Laboratory. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Division.
Mr. Freitas was a life member of Robert L. Johnson Post 771 Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and past governor and member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 679, all in Springfield. Mr. Freitas was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Springfield. He was born in Westport, Mass., on Sept. 23, 1918, the son of Frank and Sylvia (Pragana) Freitas. He attended Fall River, Mass., schools.v On May 26, 1942, he married Mary Krupsky in Bellows Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Springfield; two daughters, Sylvia C. Johnson of Emerald Isle, N.C., and Linda F. Gaffney of Huntersville, N.C.; one son, Joseph P. Freitas of Springfield; two sisters, Elsie Carrieta and Eva Moody, both of Fall River; eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Lilly Perrault. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Springfield with the Rev. James Shea, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St.

Mary's Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0552.

George Wheeler, 56
SPRINGFIELD -- George H. Wheeler, 56, of Cherry Hill, died Sunday evening (Sept. 29, 1996) at his home after a brief illness.
He lived in Springfield for several years and formerly resided in Massachusetts and other Vermont areas. Mr. Wheeler was an avid musician and registered piano technician. For the past 17 years, he was self-employed. He formerly taught instrumental music in Poultney, Bristol, Fair Haven and Manchester, Vt. Earlier, for several years, he worked at Wurlitzer Music Co. in Newton, Mass.; at Baldwin Piano and Organ Co. in Burlington, Mass.; and at Frederick Johnson's Pianos in White River Junction, Vt. He was a member and past president of Vermont Piano Technician's Guild. For many years, Mr. Wheeler played in area bands including The Atwoods of Rutland, Vt. He was a member of Vermont Brass Quartet, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Community Band and Chester Brass Band. He was past president of Springfield Friends of Music.

Mr. Wheeler was a longtime parishioner and choir director at Springfield Calvary Baptist Church.

He was a member and currently serving as house captain of Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

He was born in Rutland on Aug. 16, 1940, the son of Howard and Martha Virginia (George) Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler graduated in 1958 from Poultney High School and in 1961 from Hartt College of Music. Later, he went back to school and received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1973 from Castleton (Vt.) State College. On Oct. 12, 1974, he married Mary Helen "Mel" (Hawthorne) Wheeler in Barre, Vt.

Survivors include his wife, Mary H. of Springfield; two sons, George H. "Bay" Wheeler Jr. of Springfield and Derek H. Wheeler of Waitsfield, Vt.; two daughters, Debra Ciempa of Hooksett, N.H., and Ellen H. Wheeler of Barre; one brother, Richard H. Wheeler of Middlebury, Vt.; one sister, Carol Morgan of Essex Junction, Vt.; one granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Andrew Wheeler, and a sister, Jeanne Arnold.

There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at ll a.m. Thursday at Springfield Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Hiltsley, pastor, officiating. Private family burial services will take place later in Poultney Cemetery.

The family suggests flowers be omitted and memorial donations be made to: Springfield Area Hospice, 366 River St., Springfield, Vt. 05156; or to: American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602; or to a school music program of one's choice.

The Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Farley, 94
NEW LONDON -- Gladys G. Farley, 94, died Tuesday (Oct. 1, 1996) at William Clough Extended Care Unit in New London.
She was a lifelong Newport resident.

She was born in Newport on Oct. 30, 1901, the daughter of William and Rose Clark. Her husband, George B. Farley, died in 1965.

Survivors include one son, George B. Farley Jr. of Newport; four daughters, Barbara Partlow and June Caron, both of Newport, Sandra Rannisto of Bow, N.H., and Audrey Peterson of Willimantic, Conn.; and several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., in Newport.

Graveside committal services will be held at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with the Rev. Donna Leslie officiating.

The family requests memorial donations may be made to: William Clough Extended Care Unit, 270 County Road, New London, N.H. 03257.

Hannah Bolton, infant
SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. -- Hannah M. Bolton, 1 day-old infant, died Sunday (Sept. 29, 1996) at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
She was born in Lebanon on Sept. 28, 1996, the daughter of Kenneth and Veronica (Hart) Bolton.

Survivors include her parents of South Londonderry; one brother, Travis J. Bolton of South Londonderry; her maternal grandparents, Harry and Lucille Hart of Weston; her paternal grandparents, David and Sharon Melendy of Chester; paternal great-grandmother, Carol Arndt of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; paternal grandfather, Kenneth Bolton of Illinois; paternal great-greatgrandmother, Gertrude Schmidt of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles and Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Glebeview Cemetery in South Londonderry with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. The Adams-Gendron Funeral Home in Chester is in charge of arrangements.

Harley Prentxss, 89
CHARLESTOWN -- Harley Walter Prentiss, 89, of Summit Street, died Thursday (Oct. 3, 1996) at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H. Mr. Prentiss was an Alstead native and an area resident until 1970, when he retired to Florida, returning in 1993 to reside with his daughter and son-in-law.
He had been the owner and operator of the Drewsville General Store for many years. Mr. Prentiss was a longtime school bus driver and driver for Walpole High School athletic teams.

He served on the Walpole School Board and was a member of the Walpole Society for Bringing Justice to Horse Thieves and Pilferers. Mr. Prentiss was a member of the First Congregational Church of Walpole. He was a past trustee of the Savings Bank of Walpole and an incorporator of the bank. Mr. Prentiss was a charter member of the Walpole Lions Club and a life member of the Masons.

Mr. Prentiss had been a Little League coach in Drewsville. He was born in Alstead on April 1, 1907, the son of Fred and Jennie (Roberts) Prentiss. He attended schools in Alstead.

On Aug. 25, 1928, he married Dorothy M. Walker in Hyattsville, Md. She died Oct. 1, 1994.

Survivors include three sons, Harley Prentiss Jr., of McKinleyville, Calif., Richard C. Prentiss of Walpole and John B. Prentiss of Manchester, N.H.; one daughter, Janet P. Martin of Charlestown; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Congregational Church in Walpole, with the Rev. Larry Siebrands officiating. Burial will take place in the New Walpole Cemetery in Walpole.

Visiting hours are from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home at 55 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, Greater N.H. Chapter, 5 Market Lane, Concord, N.H. 03301.

James Jenkins, 54
WINDSOR -- James Edward Jenkins, 54, of Olde Windsor Village, died Tuesday (Oct. 1, 1996) at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. For the past 12 years, he lived in Windsor and formerly lived in Manchester, Vt., and Londonderry, Vt.
Mr. Jenkins was a certified Ford auto body mechanic and worked at Manchester Ford Garage until the early 1960s, when an automobile accident left him unable to work. He was an antique-car enthusiast. He was born in Londonderry on May 6, 1942, the son of Walber B. and Hazel A. (Flanders) Jenkins. He attended Londonderry schools.

Survivors include two brothers, O. Glen Jenkins of Lebanon, N.H., and Walter B. Jenkins of Reading; one sister, Mildred Clark of Londonderry; one stepbrother, Joe Sanford of Rutland, Vt.; one stepsister, Barbara Warnder of Londonderry; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Ricker Funeral Home, 56 School St., in Lebanon, N.H. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Valley Cemetery in Lebanon.

Jean Klementowicz, 81
CLAREMONT -- Jean H. Klementowicz, 81, of 14 Bank Ave., died Saturday (Sept. 28, 1996) at Integrated Health Services of New Hampshire in Claremont after a short illness. Since 1938, she lived in Claremont, and spent her winters in Redington Shores, Fla., since 1973.
Mrs. Klementowicz and her late husband, Benjamin S., owned and operated Ben's Market on Sullivan Street for 22 years. She retired in 1971. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 9, 1915, the daughter of Paul and Madleine (Filipowicz) Harewicz.

On July 16, 1938, she married Benjamin S. Klementowicz in Montreal. He died July 3, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Leonard (Carolyn) Feenstra of Newport and Mrs. Paul (Joan) Slade of Claremont; one son, Richard Klementowicz of Rochester, N.H.; one brother, Bernard Harewicz of Bepentigny, Quebec, Canada; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to: St. Joseph Church Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 824, Claremont, N.H. 03743; or to: Claremont Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 957, Claremont, N.H. 03743. The Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., in Claremont, is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin Keenan, 54
NORTH SPRINGFIELD -- Kevin H. Keenan, 54, of Martin Court, died unexpectedly Monday evening (Sept. 30, 1996) at his home.
For the past 32 years, he lived in the North Springfield and Perkinsville areas. Mr. Keenan was a machinist at Fellows Corp. in North Springfield.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., on Aug. 14, 1942, the son of Hazen and Mabel (Allen) Keenan.

He attended St. Johnsbury schools and graduated in 1960 from St. Johnsbury Academy. On May 16, 1964, he married Jeanne Knight in North Springfield.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne L. of North Springfield; one son, Scott E. Keenan of North Springfield; his father and stepmother, Hazen and Annette Keenan of Barnet, Vt.; one brother, Kerry A. Keenan of St. Johnsbury; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield, with the Rev. Richard Cederholm, pastor of North Springfield Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will take place later in the week in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Leo Fournier, 78
WESTMINSTER -- Leo Joseph Fournier, 78, of Saxtons River Road, died Tuesday (Oct. 1, 1996) at his home. He was a longtime Westminster area resident and formerly lived in Winooski, Vt. Mr. Fournier worked at Putney (Vt.) Paper Mill for many years before retiring in 1969. Earlier, he farmed in Northern Vermont.
He was born in Ferrisburg, Vt., on Dec. 15, 1917, the son of George and Eva (DuPont) Fournier.

In 1945, he married Ida L. Raymond. She died in 1983. Survivors include one daughter, Rita F. Blodgett of Bellows Falls; five stepsons, Austin J. Kennett of Grafton, Richard R. Kennett of Putney, Arthur Kennett of Charlestown, Clifton A. Kennett of Vernon, Vt., and Niel Kennette of Iowa; two stepdaughters, Elaine Lockerby of Grafton and Susann Wilson of Gageville, Vt.; four sisters, Mrs. George Reney of Swanton, Vt., Mrs. Herbert Poirer and Mrs. Gus Poirer, both of California, and Mrs. Armond Deleault of Holyoke, Mass.; 28 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Fournier; and a stepdaughter, Geraldine Barratt. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls, with the Rev. James McShane officiating. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow the service Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls.

Margaret Groth, 88
CLAREMONT -- Margaret Groth, 88, died Sept. 28, 1996, at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont.
Mrs. Groth had resided in Claremont since 1940. Prevously she had resided in New York City, where she met and married her husband. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses. Mrs. Groth enjoyed the simple things in life and helped her family to enjoy them too. During her life she perfected her recipe for grut, which no one could duplicate.

She enjoyed reading and gardening. She was born in Pottersdale, Pa., the daughter of John and Mary (Sliva) Savel.

In New York City she married Hermann Groth, who was a local house and steeple painter. He died in 1981. Survivors include one daughter, Dorothea Fury of McElmo, Colo.; one son, Herman Groth of Strafford, N.H.; one brother, Steve Savel of Clearfield, Pa.; four grandchildren; one greatgrandson. She was predeceased by six brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, River Road, Claremont. The Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Buxton, 85
BELLOWS FALLS -- Ruth M. Buxton, 85, of Riverview Apartments, died Sunday (Sept. 29, 1996) at Eden Park Nursing Home in Brattleboro, Vt.
She was a longtime Saxtons River resident.

Miss Buxton was a former teacher and taught Latin, Eng- lish and French at Middletown Springs (Vt.) High School from 1934 to 1941; from 1941 to 1948 at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, Vt.; and from 1948 to 1971 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Massachusetts before retiring. She was a member of Vermont Retired Teachers Association. She travelled extensively in Europe, England and the Mediterranean area. Miss Buxton was a member and author of several books for Saxtons River Historical Society including "Days of Old," and "The History of the Wileys and Other Early Settlers of Saxtons River." She was also secretary and wrote a chronology of events for Saxtons River Historical Society. Miss Buxton was a parishioner of Christ Church in Saxtons River.

She was born in Saxtons River on Nov. 29, 1910, the daughter of George and Nellie (Wright) Buxton.

She graduated in 1928 as valedictorian of her class from Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. In 1932, she received an AB degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington and in 1960 received a master of arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Survivors include one sister, Helen Frey of Saxtons River; two nieces; and two nephews. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Church in Saxtons River with the Rev. Catherine Cadieux officiating.

Private burial will take place later in Saxtons River Cemetery. The Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., in Bellows Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Saxtons River Historical Society, in care of John Lucy, Saxtons River, Vt. 05154.

Ruth Fairbanks, 80
BELLOWS FALLS -- Ruth S. Fairbanks, 80, of South Street, died Monday (Sept. 30, 1996) at her residence. She lived in Vermont for several years and was a native of Massachusetts.
Mrs. Fairbanks was a parishioner of Alstead Third Congregational Church. She was born in Worcester, Mass., on Feb. 10, 1916, the daughter of Worley C. and Lorena May (Lowe) Hancock. She graduated from Chester High School.

Her husband, Glen Fairbanks, died in 1969. Survivors include two sons, James C. Fairbanks of Curlew, Wash., and Waldo A. Fairbanks of Alabama; one daughter, Gloria Trelawney of Spokane, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. There are no calling hours. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pine Grove Cemetery in Alstead.

The Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Chait, 84
SUNAPEE -- Sylvia L. Chait, 84, died Sunday evening (Sept. 29, 1996) at her home. Before coming to Sunapee, she lived in New York for many years.
Mrs. Chait was an abstract artist and specialized in collage. She was the founder of B.J. Spoke Gallery in Post Washington, N.Y. She exhibited her artwork at several art galleries in New York and New Hampshire including the Colby-Sawyer College Gallery in New London and the Library Arts Center in Newport.

She was born in Manhattan, N.Y., the daughter of George and Kate (Gandler) Levine. Mrs. Chait graduated from Long Island (N.Y.) University. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Lawrence Chait of Sunapee; two daughters, Martha Berlin of Washington, D.C., and Pamela Chait of Forest Hills, N.Y.; one son, George Chait of Sunapee; one brother, David Levine of Silver Springs, Md.; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to: American Diabetes Association, New Hampshire Affiliate, 132 Middle St., Manchester, N.H. 03101. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Garnett, 70
SPRINGFIELD -- Walter B. Garnett, 70, of LaCross Road, died Saturday (Sept. 28, 1996) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was a lifelong Springfield resident.
Mr. Garnett was a custodian at Fay Scott's Garage and formerly worked for many years on the Garnett family farm. He was born in Springfield on July 4, 1926, the son of Walter and Victoria (Chandler) Garnett.

He attended Chester schools. Survivors include two brothers, Arnold Garnett of Milton, Vt., and Fayette Scott of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Adams-Gendron Funeral Home in Chester.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Adams-Gendron Funeral Home in Chester with the Rev. James Garnett officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery in Chester.


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