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Byron Richards, 84
EAST LEMPSTER -- Byron Wells Richards, 84, died Tuesday (July 16, 1996) at his home.
Since 1946 he resided in East Lempster and formerly lived in Litchfield, Conn. Mr. Richards and his wife, Alma, owned and operated the East Lempster Inn and Outlet. Also, for many years, he was an edge trimmer at Sunapee Shoe Co. and Altama Delta Shoe Co. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Mr. Richards was a longtime parishioner of Claremont Calvary Baptist Church. He was born in Litchfield on June 19, 1912, the son of Carter and Florence (Houghtaling) Richards. He graduated from Litchfield High School.
On May 12, 1944, he married Alma Ellsworth in Branford, Conn. Survivors include his wife, Alma, of East Lempster; two sons, William Richards of Claremont and James Richards of East Lempster; one sister, Josephine Curtiss of Northfield, Conn.; one half-sister, Alice Didsbury of Thornaston, Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Hector Richards; and three brothers, Charles, Earl and Walter Rich- ards. There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Claremont Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Barton officiating.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial donations may be made to: Byron W. Richards Memorial Fund, HCR 66, Box 360, East Lempster, N.H. 03605. The Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., in Newport, is in charge of arrangements.
Grace Smith, 54
She was born in Grafton on March 9, 1942, the daughter of Wilbur and Mattie (Ellsworth) Gusha. She grew up in the Union Village section of Norwich. In 1962, she married Wendall Smith Sr. Survivors include one son, Wendall A. Smith Jr. of Franconia, N.H.; three daughters, Shirley Dunn of Windsor, Cheryl Merrill of Claremont, and Sarah Vaillancourt of White River Junction; her mother of East Hardwick, Vt.; three brothers, Wilbur Gusha Jr. and Peter Gusha, both of White River Junction, and Charles Gusha of Berlin, Vt.; three sisters, Mary Gusha of East Hardwick, Vt., and Stella George and Clara Osmer, both of White River Junction; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Willard Smith, in 1992. Friends may call from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Knight Funeral Home, 43 Taft Ave., in White River Junction. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Hartford Cemetery in White River Junction. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 485, Williston, Vt. 05495.
Evelyn Rose, 70
Mrs. Rose was a parishioner of Tyson (Vt.) Community Church and former member of the Tyson Ladies Aid Society. She was a past president and member of Ludlow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10155 Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Rose was also a longtime member of the Rebekahs and Ballard Hobart American Legion Auxiliary, both in Ludlow. Mrs. Rose enjoyed crocheting, cooking and making wedding cakes. She also made baby hats for newborn infants at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was born in Ludlow on Feb. 15, 1926, the daughter of Bert and Flora (Sargent) Pitts. She graduated in 1945 from Black River Academy in Ludlow.
On June 18, 1947, she married Stuart Rose in Ludlow. He died in 1992. Survivors include two sons, Donald Rose of Cavendish and Douglas Rose of Ludlow; one daughter, Collette Philpot of Lawrence, Kan.; one brother, Robert Pitts of North Springfield; two sisters, Charlotte Kuzma of Cornish and Betty Sheehan of Ludlow; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Pitts, and a sister, Reba P. Gardner. Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at AdamsGendron Funeral Home, 12 Meadow St., in Ludlow. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ludlow United Church with Jane Buswell officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow. Memorial contributions may be made to: Black River Senior Center, 10 High St., Ludlow, Vt. 05149.
Francis King, 60
Jennie Stone, 70
She was born in St. Albans, Vt., on Sept. 6, 1925, the daughter of Scott D. and Sarah D. (Lund) Jennison. She attended schools in St. Albans, Goshen and Newport. Survivors include one son, Scott Stone Sr., of Florida; one brother, Robert Jennison of Newport; four sisters, Myrtle Castor of Bellows Falls, Jean Prior of Claremont, Fay Burke of Newport and Charlotte Spires of Florida; one half sister, Vera Chabott of Nashua, N.H.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at 42 Main St., in Newport. The Rev. Alice Roberts will officiate.
Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport. Visiting hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Felix Damaziak, 79
Mr. Damaziak was a 4-H leader for many years. He was born in North Walpole on Jan. 9, 1917, the son of Jacob and Frances (Cuzansky) Damaziak. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Roxanna (Thompson) Damaziak; two daughters, Susan Bauer of Niskayuna, N.Y., and Judith Northcott of Walpole; one son, William Damaziak of Walpole; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Victoria Kilburn of Walpole and Alice Trueman of Gilsum, N.H.
There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Walpole Cemetery with the Rev. Oliver Northcott officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Lupus National Foundation of America, 5430 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, Calif. 91401.
The Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls, is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond Hall, 76
His wife, Josephine (Golub) Hall, died in 1993. Survivors include one nephew, Martin Keegan of Brandenton, with whom he made his home, and several Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Umberto Trinci, 84
Mr. Trinci was a 53-year member of the Italian Aid Society in Center Rutland. He was born in Manchester, Vt., on Aug. 27, 1911, the son of Umberto and Ilda (Terenzini) Trinci.
His wife, Ruth (Hayward) Trinci, predeceased him. Survivors include three sons, David Trinci of Springfield, Albert Trinci of Mendon, Vt., and Robert Trinci of Rutland; one sister, lola Baker of Center Rutland; two brothers, Ralph Trinci of Center Rutland and Richard Trinci of Schenectady, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main St., in Rutland.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Church in Rutland. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland. Memorial donations may be made to: Green Mountain Oncology Group, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Allen Street, Rutland, Vt. 05701; or to: Rutland Visiting Nurse Aration, 7 Albert Cree Drive, d, Vt. 05701.
John Keefe, 77
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a firefighting instructor. Mr. Keefe was a former member of the Rotary Club, Elks Lodge and American Legion in Bellows Falls. He was ordained a deacon on June 22, 1980 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Burlington, Vt., by the Right Rev. Bishop John A. Marshall of the Burlington Diocese. Mr. Keefe served at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls and was also a member of Bellows Falls Knights of Columbus. He was born in Bellows Falls on Feb. 24, 1919, the son of Michael J. and Gertrude M. (Fallensbee) Keefe. He graduated from St. Charles School and in 1937 from Bellows Falls High School.
On Sept. 4, 1944, he married Kathryn D. Roland at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls. She died in 1985. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Jane Halberg of Bellows Falls; five sons, James Keefe of Bel Air, Md., John F. Keefe of Olympia, Wash., Michael Keefe of Springfield, Kevin Keefe of Vero Beach, Fla., and Stephen Keefe of Bellows Falls; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Keefe, in 1962; and a granddaughter, Tara, in 1978. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery in Westminster. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Charles Cemetery Fund, St. Charles Church, Cherry Hill, Bellows Falls, Vt. 05101.
Helen Martin, 65
She attended Ludlow schools and graduated in 1948 from Black River High School in Ludlow. On June 24, 1950, she married Donald E. Martin of Springfield, who died in 1988. Survivors include two sons, Michael E. Martin of Spring- field and Kerry J. Martin of South Burlington, Vt.; three daughters, Donna M. Kuchas of Jamesport, Long Island N.Y., Christine M. Finnie of Manassas, Va., and Mrs. Rick (Theresa) Parker of Springfield; one brother, James McNulty of Atkinson, N.H.; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davis Chapel with the Rev. James Shea, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Springfield, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial donations may be made to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Burlington, Vt. 05401.
Joseph Perry, 78
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Perry was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Italian Club, all in Keene.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was born in Nottingham, N.H., on May 7, 1918, the son of Napoleon and Amelia (Greenwood) Perry. Mr. Perry graduated from Charlestown High School. On March 30, 1968, he married Catherine May Welch. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, of Belmont; one son and two daughters; one stepdaughter, Sharon E. LaFlamme of Salem, N.H.; two stepsons, Alan D. Stevens of Bedford, N.H., and Raymond L. Stevens of Oregon; two brothers, Paul Perry of Alton, Mich., and Arthur Perry of Newport; two sisters, Yvonne Lockwood of Newport and Rita Conway of Keene; 10 stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hills Cemetery in Charlestown, with the Rev. Robert D. Edwards, pastor of Charlestown Congregational Church, officiating. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, in care of Mrs. Jackie Whitcomb, Volunteer Memorial Chairman, 10 South Park St., Charlestown, N.H. 03743. The Stringer Charlestown Memorial Chapel on Main Street is in charge of arrangements.
Delia Plourde, 89
She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Claremont. She was born in Island Falls, Maine, on May 21, 1907, the daughter of Cyril and Beatrice (Fisher) Willette.
Survivors include two sons, Clarence J. and Herbert J. Plourde Sr., both of Claremont; three daughters, Loretta M. White and Coleen A. Scruton, both of Claremont, and Madeline T. Davis of Wallingford, Conn.; three sisters, Leona Grover of Southington, Conn., Pauline DeMerchant of Meriden, Conn., and Geneva Guerrera of Lancaster, S.C.; two brothers, Victor Willette and George Willette, both of Island Falls; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and
She was predeceased by a sister, Irene Mulligan; and two brothers, Edward Ouellette and Fred Willette. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., in Claremont.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Church in Claremont.
Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in West Claremont.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to: Sullivan County Nursing Home, RR1, Box 392, Claremont, N.H. 03743.
Alexander Grube, 88
Survivors include his wife, Frances (Krastin) Grube of East Lempster; and one sister, Jenny Reeves of Largo, Fla. There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to: Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care, 580 Court St., Keene, N.H. 03431. The Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., in Keene, is in charge of arrangements.
Nancy Sheehan, 58
Mrs. Sheehan was a teacher at Elm Hill Elementary School in Springfield. She was born in Newton, Mass., on April 29, 1943, the daughter of Robert and Marian (Sleeper) Hall. She was raised and educated in East Chester, N.Y. Mrs. Sheehan attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she met her husband, Michael J. Sheehan of Springfield. The couple moved to Springfield, where they raised their two children. Survivors include one son, Michael Sheehan of Braintree, Mass.; one daugher, Kelly Sheehan of Milton, Mass.; her mother, Marian Hall of East Chester; and one sister, Susan Lund of Rye, N.H. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield, with the Rev. James Shea, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Springfield, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Murilla Davis, 97
On June 5, 1996, as the oldest Sunapee resident, she received the Boston Post Cane. She was born in West Windsor on April 16, 1899, the daughter of Charles G. and Lucy B. (Fallon) Hutton. Mrs. Davis graduated from Colby Academy in 1917. In 1918 she married Fred E. Gardner and later married Raymond E. Colby who died in 1950. In 1964 she married Benjamin LeRoy, who died in 1970. Survivors include two sons, Claude E. Gardner and Vivien C. Gardner, both of Georges Mills; two daughters, Mrs. Victor E. (Lou Caroline) Laro of Georges Mills and Mrs. Harold (Jennie B.) Miller of Lempster; 17 grandchildren; 31 greatgrandchildren; 13 great-greatgrandchildren; two stepsons, Russell Colby of Sunapee and Charles Davis of New London; four stepgrandchidren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands and two sons, Charles F. Gardner and Wesley F. Gardner.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, in Eastman Cemetery in Sunapee.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Georges Mills Ladies Aid, Georges Mills, N.H. 03751; or to: Sunapee Cemetery Memorial Fund, Sunapee, N.H. 03782. The Chadwick Funeral Service of New London is in charge of the arrangements.
Clayyton Hamel, 52
He was born in Middleton, Conn., on May 27, 1944, the son of Maurice C. and Cynthia (Fryer) Hamel. Mr. Hamel attended schools in Meriden, Conn., and was a 1962 graduate of Manchester Hi School.
Survivors include his parents, Maurice and Cynthia Hamel of Georges Mills; three daughters, Elaine Hamel of Wilimantic, Conn., Shila Fowler of Coventry and Annessa Hamel of Manchester; one stepsister, Patricia Leland of Fayetteville, N.C.; one grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside committal service at the Eastman Cemetery in Sunapee will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Memorial donations may be made to: Sunapee Fast Squad, Sunapee, N.H. 03782; or to: Sunapee Police Department, Sunapee, N.H. 03782. The Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home of Main Street in Newport is in charge of the arrangements.
Albert Shepa Sr., 78
Veterans of Foreign Wars members will conduct services at 8 p.m. tonight at Charlestown Memorial Chapel. Graveside services with full military honors by the Charlestown and Claremont Veterans of Foreign Wars members will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hope Hill Cemetery in North Charlestown. The Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Charlestown, will officiate.
Gary Kurtz, 46
On Aug. 3, 1982, he married itkoski. Survivors include his wife, Linda Kurtz of Springfie1d; one son, Mark Kurtz of Springfield; one daughter, Heather C. Kurtz of Springfield; two brothers, Mark Kurtz and William Kurtz, both of Warwick, N.Y.; one sister, Grace E. Pawelski of Goshen, N.Y.; aunts, uncles, and several nieces nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Davis Memorial Chapel at 99 Summer St. in Springfield. The Rev. Earl Werelin, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery. CalIing hours are from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
Beatrice Wilson, 75
She married Philip Elmore Wilson on Sept. 16, 1939. He died on April 20, 1993. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. James W. (Eileen L.) Berlanger of North Charlestown; one son, Malcolm A. Wilson of Litchfield, N.H.; six grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter; three sisters, Natalie Tie and Thelma Pecor, both of Springfield and Marilyn Harmon of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Melvin B. Allen; and several nieces and ne hews.
memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont with the Rev. Michael Hanscom of the Sunshine Baptist Church of Newport officiat lllg.
Interment will follow in the Brownsville Cemetery in Brownsville. Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the ral home. Memorial donations may be made to: Connecticut Valley Home Care, Inc., 958 John Stark Highway, Claremont, N.H. 03743.
Marilyn Burbank, 70
Mrs. Burbank was a Keene High School graduate and attended Boston University. She was a member of the Keene Button Club.
urvivors include one son, Steven A. Fisher of Spofford; two daughters, Sinde Brooks of Sullivan, N.H., and Gloria Simms of Claremont; one brother, Paul Ayer of Texas; one sister, Verna Holt of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and COUS1I18.
She was predeceased by her husband, Earle D. Burbank, in 1979.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street in Keene. Friends are invited. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m., today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to: David's House, 1 Prospect Street, Hanover, N.H. 03055.
Antoinette Kelley, 82
Esther Brown, 80
She was predeceased by her husband, Norman F. Brown Sr., who died Nov. 27, 1992. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday at the Ricker Funeral Home on Birch Lane in Woodsville, with the Rev. Joseph Rinaldi officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Haverhill Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m., on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, Mass. 02215.
Charles Leszkiewicz, 78
Survivors include his wife, Rosa, of West Lebanon; one daughter from a previous marriage, Barbara Gierscher of Littleton, Colo.; two brothers, Conrad Leszkiewicz of Claremont and Frank Leszkiewicz of Englewood, Colo.; three sisters, Ginny Giguere of Lyncroft, N.J., Millie Whitney of Wilder, Vt., and Ann Guthrie of Englewood, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Leszkiewicz of Claremont, in 1993. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Knight Funeral Home, 43 Taft Ave., in White River Junction. Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at West Lebanon Cemetery with full military honors.
Edwina Hickory, 83
Survivors include two sons, Elwin Towle of Bradford, Vt., and Oscar Towle Jr. of Cavendish; two daughters, Arlene Williams and Barbara Palmer, both of Cavendish; three brothers, Mayland Blanchard of Springfield, Norman Blanchard of Rutland and Clinton Blanchard of Mount Holly, Vt.; eight sisters, Alberta Blanchard and Elsie Wilder of Woodstock, Vt., Maxine Brown and Pauline Grenier, both of Proctorsville, Margaret Ryan and Geneva Lambert, both of Ludlow, Lucille Curtis of Ascutney, and Myona Blood of Windsor; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Floyd, Vernon and Gilford Blanchard. There are no visiting hours. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cavendish Village Cemetery with the Rev. William Scherwerts officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495; or to: Southeastern Vermont Visiting Nurse Association, 366 River St., Springfield, Vt. 05156.
The Adams-Gendron Funeral Home, 12 Meadow St., in Ludlow, is in charge of arrangements.
Harvey Merrick, 80
He was an avid marksman and held many related memberships, a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Precision Valley Fish and Game Association, Woodstock Rifle Association and went to National Matches at Camp Perry on several occasions. He was an amateur radio operator, WiTIM, and built much of his own equipment during the early years of radio. Mr. Merrick twice flew across the continent in his small plane.
He was born in Maiden, Wash., on Nov. 14, 1915, the son of Mamie Hartley and John Edward Merrick of British Columbia. He was educated in rural schools in Montana and Idaho and then as a boy moved with his family to the Peace River District of British Columbia to homestead. Lacking the opportunity for a high school education in the frontier, he traveled on his own across the continent to Plattsburg, N.Y., and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Shrewbury, Vt.
On Feb. 22, 1941, he married Harriet Andrew Johnson in New York City, N.Y. Sthvivors include his wife, Harriet Merrick, of Springfield; three sons, John Edward Merrick of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Richard Andrew Merrick of South Freeport, Maine and Keith Russell Merrick of Post Mills, Vt.; one daughter, Janet Scobie (Merrick) Hillesland of Rockville, Md., several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lowell Merrick of Sardis, British Columbia and Earl Merrick of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He was predeceased by one brother, Keith Waren Merrick, during World War II, in Monte Cassino, Italy with the Canadian Engineers; and one sister, Altha Morris of Grandview, Wash.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Merrick home at 197 Baker St., with friends welcome to attend. Memorial donations in his name may be made to: Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Vermont, 366 River St., Springfield, Vt. 05156, in lieu of flowers or other gifts. The Davis Memorial Chapel of Springfield is in charge of the arrangements.