Lillian Roy, 91
NEWPORT -- Lillian B. Roy, 91, of Park View Street died Sunday (July
28, 1996) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She
had resided in the Newport area for over 50 years. Mrs. Roy was employed
by Gordon Woolen Mill in Newport for more than 10 years. She also worked
with her husband in the painting business for several years.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Newport. She was born Dec.
18, 1904, in Manchester, N.H., the daughter of Philip and Olympia Belisle.
Mrs. Roy attended school in Manchester.
She married Philip Roy in 1922. He died in 1967. Survivors include a
son, Richard Roy of Florida; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Belisle,
both of Connecticut; a sister, Virginia Lynch of Con- necticut; seven grandchildren;
and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by two daughters,
Phyllis Bond and Leatrice Breault; and a sister, Violet Prescott.
Donald Davis, 66
NORTH SPRINGFIELD -- Donald J. Davis, 66, of 10 Clark St., died suddenly
Monday evening (July 29, 1996) at Springfield Hospital. He returned to
Vermont in 1995 and formerly lived in California for many years. Mr. Davis
was a truck driver and drove cross country for many years. He retired in
He previously served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Davis received
the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the
Korean Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (second award), the Navy Occupation
Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He was born in Burlington,
Vt., on Dec. 20, 1929, the son of Robert Davis and Ethel D. (Davis) Labreque.
He attended Springfield schools.
Survivors include his fiancee, Betty Farnsworth of North Springfield;
one son, Lewis Davis of Nixa, Miss.; one daughter, Debra Ishii of Oroville,
Calif.; his mother of Springfield; one brother, Robert A. Davis of Ranger,
Texas; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by a brother, Richard Davis.
Julius Beers, 72
LONDONDERRY, Vt. -- Julius "Boots" Beers, 72, died Tuesday (July 30,
1996) at Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction,
Vt. He was a longtime Londonderry resident. Mr. Beers formerly worked for
Rex Doane for 20 years. He also was a Londonderry constable, a Windham
County Deputy Sheriff and a Vermont Deputy Game Warden. He was an avid
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He was a life member
of Manchester (Vt.) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 471 and a ' life member
of the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Beers also served as Santa Claus
and as a clown for the Manchester VFW for several years. He was born in
Cairo, N.Y., on July 26, 1924, the son of Ralph and Mellisa (Crandall)
On Oct. 3, 1945, he married Beulah Dallas in Catskill, N.Y. Survivors
include his wife, Beulah of Londonderry; one son, Donald Beers of Londonderry;
one brother, Oscar Karlander of East Durham, N.Y.; four sisters, Ella Abbott
of South Londonderry, Hazel Morrelli of Troy, N.Y., and Jurdes Karlander
and Thelma Vallee, both of Cairo, N.Y.; two grandchildren; one greatgrandson;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister,
Ruby Capen; and two brothers, Ralph Karlander and Lester Beers.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Adams-Gendron
Funeral Home in Chester.
Barbara Thayer, 68
WESTMINSTER -- Barbara A. Thayer, 63, of Saxtons River Road died Saturday
(July 27, 1996) at her home. She was a longtime Westminster-area resident.
For many years Mrs. Thayer was a police dispatcher for the Bellows Falls
She was a longtime member of Pierce-Lawton American Legion Unit 27
Auxiliary in Bellows Falls; and the Corona Chapter of Eastern Star in East
Longmeadow, Mass. She was born in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 6, 1932,
the daughter of Herbert A. and Mildred (Sykes) Dunham. She attended schools
and graduated in 1950 from Commerce High School in Springfield, Mass. Survivors
include her mother, of Agawam, Mass.; two sons, Robert L. Geoffrion of
West Hampton, Mass., and Keith R. Thayer of West Hampton.
Andrew Hollar, 90
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Andrew Hollar, 90, died Wednesday morning (July
31, 1996) at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington following a lengthy
He was formerly a longtime Bellows Falls and North Walpole area resident.
Mr. Hollar was a meat cutter for many years and owned and operated Hollar's
Market in Bellows Falls for 17 years. Mr. Hollar was an avid hunter and
fisherman. He was a longtime member of Bellows Falls Elks Lodge. Mr. Hollar
was a parishioner and the oldest living baptized member of the Bellows
Falls Immanuel Episcopal Church. He was born in North Walpole on Jan. 14,
1906, the son of John and Mary (Sacsury) Hollar.
He attended North Walpole and Bellows Falls schools. His wife, Lula
(Ober) Hollar, died in 1980. Survivors include one daughter, Helen Chittenden
of Burlington; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, John Hollar, in 1982.
Edward Lider, 74
GRANTHAM -- Edward W. Lider, 74, died Tuesday (July 30, 1996) at the
Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Before moving to Grantham he was a Newton, Mass., resident. Survivors
include his wife, Dorothy (Yamins) Lider of Grantham; two daughters, Jani
Goldman and Carole Thrope, both of Arlington, Mass.; one son, Robert Lider
of New York City; one brother, Milton Lider of North Carolina; one sister,
Ruth Levin of Fall River, Mass.; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased
by a brother, Ralph Lider.
Suzanne Walsh, 35
READING -- Suzanne Bernadette A. Walsh, 35, died Saturday (July 27,
1996) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was a
lifelong Reading resident. Mrs. Walsh was elected Reading Town Clerk in
March 1991 and served until retiring in 1994. She was a private caterer
and formerly worked in Woodstock-area restaurants. She was born in Springfield
on Nov. 14, 1960, the daughter of Harold and Germaine (Rougeolle) Allen.
She attended South Reading Stone Schoolhouse, Reading Elementary School
and graduated in 1978 from Woodstoc (Vt.) High School. Survivors include
her husband, Robert P. Walsh of Reading; one son, Kirby Allen Walsh of
Reading; her parents, of Reading; one brother, Steven Allen of Reading;
her maternal grandparents, Robert and Suzanne Rougeolle of France; her
paternal grandparents, Dewey and Nellie Allen of Reading; one aunt in Reading;
two uncles and one aunt in France; and several cousins.
William Jackowski, 81
NORTH WALPOLE -- William A. Jackowski, 81, of North Walpole, died Monday
(July 29, 1996) at Springfield Hospital. Mr. Jackowski served in the U.S.
Army in World War II and was the director at Fort Devens Recreation Department
for Rehabilitation of injured veterans in Massachusetts. He was a National
League umpire for 16 years and was a college basketball referee for many
years. He was a member of B.P.O.E. No. 1619, American Legion Post No. 37,
Bellows Falls Moose Club No. 527, Bellows Falls Polish American Club and
Bellows Falls Knights of Columbus.
He was born in North Walpole on Sept. 27, 1914, the son of Anthoni
and Ellen (Michelewic) Jackowski. He graduated from Bellows Falls High
School in 1932. On Jan. 31, 1953, he married Endla Taukar.
Survivors include his wife of North Walpole and many nieces and nephews.
Stella Johnson, 88
EUSTIS, Fla. -- Stella P. Johnson, 88, of Washington Avenue, died July
5, 1996 in Florida. She was a former Bellows Falls resident. Mrs. Johnson
was a former parishioner and choir member of Sacred Heart Church in Bellows
Falls. She was born in Poland and came to the United States as a young
woman. Survivors include her husband, Walter A. Johnson of Eustis; one
son, Francis "Frank" Johnson of Eustis; one brother, Steven Piluski of
Bellows Falls; and one sister, Lillian Kissell of Westminster.
Gordon Johnson, 86
READING -- Gordon W. Johnson, 86, died Sunday (July, 28, 1996) at his
home. He had moved with his wife to Reading in 1976. Mr. Johnson owne'd
and operated V.H. Blackinton and Co. Inc. of Attleboro Falls, Mass., from
1945 until 1974. He was a member of the Society for the Appreciation of
Horse Thieves in Dedham, Mass. He was also a Mason, a Shriner and an Odd
Fellow. He graduated from North Attleboro High School. He was born in Belmont,
N.H., on Oct. 4, 1909, the son of Earle and Henrietta (Wilmarth) Johnson.
On May 19, 1939, he married Joan Davidson. She predeceased him on Sept.
21, 1994. Survivors include a daughter, Rosamund Smithers of Windsor, Mass.;
a brother, Paul Johnson of Attleboro Falls; a sister, Elsie Lewis of Attleboro
Falls; two grand- children; and two great-grand- children.
Stella Vachon, 99
BELMONT, N.H. -- Stella M. Vachon, 99, formerly of Depot Street, died
Sunday (July 28, 1996) at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia, N.H.,
after a brief illness. She had lived in Belmont for most of her life.
Mrs. Vachon had been employed by Sulloway Hosiery Mills in Franklin,
N.H., and later at the Lucier Hosiery Mill in Belmont. Prior to her retirement
she was employed at the Cormier Hosiery Mill in Belmont.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Belmont and was a member
of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the American Legion
Auxiliary, Unit 58 of Belmont. She was born in Belmont, the daughter of
Samuel and Amanda (Fecteau) Clairmont. She was the widow of Peter J. Vachon
Sr., who died in 1963. Survivors include two daughters, Rita E. Tucker
of Tilton, N.H., and Pauline I. Lacroix of Langdon; 39 grandchildren; 56
great-grandchildren; 13 great- great-grandchildren; and several nieces
and nephews. She was pre-deceased by five sons, Edmund Vachon, Peter J.
Vachon Jr., Francis Vachon, Clinton Vachon and Robert Vachon; and five
daughters, Ida Vachon, Irene Vachon, Anita Vachon, Regina Fogg and Rosilda
Robert Hart, 56
NEWPORT -- Robert D. "Bob" Hart, 56, of Country Club Drive died Monday
(July 29, 1996) at the Veterans Affairs hospital in White River Junction,
Vt., following a long illness.
He was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Hart was a veteran of the U.S.
Army and had been employed as a postal clerk by the U.S. Postal Service
in White River Junction until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of
American Legion Post No. 29 and Elks Lodge No. 879, both of Claremont,
and the Newport Moose Lodge No. 1236. He was born in Claremont on July
19, 1940, the son of Francis and Mary (Pastore) Hart. Survivors include:
his longtime companion, Patricia Rigas of Newport; a daughter, Karen Diggins
of Merrimack, N.H.; three grandchildren; his mother, Mary Hart of Claremont;
a sister, Frances Routhier of Manchester, N.H.; and a nephew, nieces, aunts,
an uncle and cousins.
Marion Allen, 85
CLAREMONT -- Marion F. Allen, 85, of 12 Bellevue Ave., died Tuesday
evening (July 30, 1996) at Integrated Health Services of New Hampshire
in Claremont after a short illness. She was a 50-year Claremont resident
and spent her winters in Tavares, Fla., since 1973. Mrs. Allen and her
husband, Fred, formerly owned and operated Fred Allen Jewelers at 12 Tremont
Square in Claremont for 27 years, retiring in 1973. She was a longtime
member of Virgil H. Barber Court No. 892 of Catholic Daughters of the Americas
in Claremont. She was born in Seabrook, N.H., on July 25, 1911, the daughter
of Myron B. and Sarah M. (Perkins) Felch. Survivors include her husband,
Fred, of Claremont; one daughter, Mrs. Colin (Ola M.) MacIver of Claremont;
one sister, Ellen Wilson, and one brother, Charles Felch, both of Seabrook;
two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Maydeane Sawyer, 72
CLAREMONT -- Maydeane F. Sawyer, 72, of Chestnut Street Ext., died'
Thursday (Aug. 1, 1996) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon,
N.H. Mrs. Sawyer had been a Claremont resident for the past 11 years, previously
residing in Cornish for 28 years and in Lempster for 12 years. She was
a member of the Cornish Grange No. 25 and the Sullivan County Pomona Grange.
Mrs. Sawyer was active in the Cornish Fair for many years, particularly
with the special exhibits.
She was born in Cornish on April 18, 1924, the daughter of Harry and
Ruth (Barton) Frye. MD. Sawyer was a graduate of Newport High School. On
July 23, 1945, she married Clifford R. Sawyer. Survivors include her husband,
Clifford R. Sawyer of Claremont; one son, Dana Ray Sawyer of Wayne, N.J.;
one daughter, Ruth Nora Sawyer of Lowell, Mass.; two grandsons; two sisters,
Hazel Dickie of Claremont and Norma Cunningham of West Palm Beach, Fla.;
and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Harry Frye;
and three sisters, Marion Kremmel, Lucille Wirkala and Alma Prouty. Graveside
committal services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the
East Lempster Cemetery, with the Rev. Dale Louise Nicholas, pastor of the
United Church of Cornish, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to: Cornish Grange No. 25, in care of
Pauline Monette, P.O. Box 353, Windsor, Vt. 05089.
The Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont is in charge
of the arrange- ments.
Francis Parker, 74
EAST WALLINGFORD, Vt. -- Francis Robert Parker, 74, died Thursday (August
1, 1996) at his home following a brief illness.
Mr. Parker had been an East Wallingford resident since 1945.
He had been been employed for 22 years with the General Electric Co.,
retiring in 1984. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Air Force.
Mr. Parker was a member of Our Mother of Mercy Mission Church in Mount
Holly. He had served as a former selectman for the town of Wallingford.
Mr. Parker was a past member of the Good Sam Camping Club.
He was born in Pittsford, Vt., on June 12, 1922, the son of Frederick
and Jennie (Turner) Parker. Mr. Parker was a 1940 graduate of Pittsford
High School and a graduate of the Vermont Technical School. On May 15,
1944, he married EIaine Raleigh. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Parker;
three daughters, Judith Edmunds and Deborah Morse, both of East Wallingford
and Sandra Brown of East Lempster; one son, Gary F. Parker of East Wallingford;
three sisters, Anne Booth, Mary Beriau and Margaret Beriau, all of Pittsford;
two brothers, Robert Parker and Raymond Parker, both of Pittsford; five
grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Frederick Parker.
Funeral services were held privately, in St. Patricks Church.
Burial followed at the Maple Grove Cemetery in East Wallingford. Memorial
contributions may be made to: Rutland Area Visit- ing Nurse Association,
Hospice Program, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, Vt. 05701. The Aldous Funeral
Home is in charge of the arrangements.
George Moore, 82
CLAREMONT -- George J. Moore, 82, of Myrtle Street, died Friday (Aug.
2, 1996) at the Valley Regional Hospital following a long illness.
Prior to living in, Claremont, he had been a long-time resident of
Springfield, Mass. Mr. Moore has worked for the Massachusetts Division
of the Blind and retired from the State of Massachusetts. During World
War II, he served in the U.S. Navy on various destroyers and submarines.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was a former member of the Indian Orchard Council of Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Moore was a member of the Westover Coin Club and the ClaremontChapter
He was a volunteer of the United Way of Sullivan County. Mr. Moore enjoyed
bowling and cribbage. He was born in New York City, N.Y., on June 26, 1914,
the son of George and Agnes (Flannagan) Moore. Mr. Moore attended schools
in Paterson, N.J.
On May 11, 1941, he married Rita Madonia in Lawrence, Mass. Survivors
include his wife, Rita Moore of Claremont; one daughter, Lillian R. Phaup
of Claremont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian
burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Tuesday at St. Mary Church in
Claremont. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. Visiting hours are
from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., on Monday at the Springer Funeral Home
at 146 Broad Street in Claremont.
Memorial donations may be made to: St. Mary Church, 32 Pearl Street,
Claremont, N.H. 03743; or to: United Way of Sullivan County, P.O. Box 673,
Claremont, N.H. 03743.
Christy Ambargis, 68
NEWPORT -- Christy Ambargis, 68, of Green Road, died Monday (Aug. 5,
1996) at his home.
He was a lifelong Newport resident.
Mr. Ambargis managed the family-owned business, NU Way Cleaners, for
30 years, which was started by his father in the 1920s. He was a parishioner
of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Newport. He was born in Newport
on Jan. 7, 1928, the son of Stelios and Stella (Nane) Ambargis. Mr. Ambargis
attended Newport schools and the local Greek school.
Survivors include his wife, Anastasia (Mara) Ambargis of Newport; one
daughter, Zoe Ambargis of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Stelios Ambargis
of Windham, N.H., and Jordan Ambargis of Hampton, N.H.; four grandchildren
and two nephews.
Clarence Langill, 91
HAVERHILL, N.H. -- Clarence H. Langill, 91, died Thursday (Aug. 1,
1996) at Grafton County Home. He lived in the Haverhill and Plymouth, N.H.,
area most of his life.
Mr. Langill formerly worked at GTE Sylvania in Hillsborough, N.H.,
and retired in 1969.
He was a former superintendent of Plymouth Waterworks. He joined the
Merchant Marines in 1936 and was a plumber. Earlier, he served in the U.S.
Navy as a shipfitter. Mr. Langill was a member and former governor of Hillsborough
Moose Lodge. He was born in Plymouth, the son of Howard and Kate (Piper)
Langill. He attended Plymouth Schools.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline (Armis) Langill of Ashland, N.H.;
one son, Winthrop H. Langill of Newport; three daughters, Jean LangillBailey
of Claremont, Anita Langill of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Robinson
of Akron, Ohio; three sisters, Catherine Neeves of Haverhill, Christine
Avery of Ashland, and Lillian Dicenso of Raymond, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.
Elna Wesoja, 91
NEWPORT -- Elna U. Weso ja, 91, died Wednesday (Aug. 7, 1996) at New
London Hospital. She was a former resident of Woodlawn Nursing Home in
Newport. For more than 50 years, she lived in the Newport and Croydon areas.
She came to the United States from Finland when she was a young Mrs. Wesoja
was a weaver and formerly worked at Brampton Woolen Mill and at Dorr Woolen
Mill, both in Newport, for many years. She was born in Finland on Aug.
9, 1904, the daughter of Evart and Almas (Hamas) Uotila.
She attended schools in Finland. Survivors include her husband, John
Wesoja of Newport; one son, Ray Wesoja of Lebanon, N.H.; one daughter,
Edna Peabody of Windsor; five grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kenneth Weaver Sr., 79
CHARLESTOWN -- Kenneth Loren Weaver Sr., 79, of Acworth Road, died
Tuesday morning (Aug. 6, 1996) at his home after a short illness. He was
a longtime Charlestown resident. Mr. Weaver was a former janitor at Jones
& Lamson Machine Co. in Springfield for six years. Earlier, he worked
for Charlestown Highway Department several years and retired in 1978.
He was born in East Montpelier, Vt., on Dec. 31, 1916, the son of Loren
and Susan (Harris) Weaver. His wife, Evelyn M. (Schofield) Weaver, died
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth L. Jr., Paul W. and David W. Weaver,
all of Charlestown; one daughter, Pauline Weaver of Charlestown; and two
E. Monty Cockerline, 76
CLAREMONT -- E. Monty Cockerline, 76, of 28 Broadway St., Westford,
Mass., died Saturday (Aug. 3, 1996) at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont.
For the past 36 years, he lived in Westford and formerly resided in Lowell
and Billerica, Mass.
Mr. Cockerline was a heavy equipment operator and worked for Local
Union No. 4 International Union of Operating Engineers in Westford. Mr.
Cockerline was an avid race car fan and owned a midget race car (No. 17),
which in recent years raced at several New England race tracks. During
World War II, he served in the U.S. Army 9th Air Corps in the European
theater. He was born in Bath, Maine, on Oct. 27, 1919, the son of Earl
F. and Mary E. (Jones) Cockerline.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E. (Pudsey) Cockerline of Westford;
one daughter, Muriel Foster of Westford; sevens sons, Monty Cockerline
of Las Vegas, Nev., Richard Cockerline of Hudson, N.H., Scott Cockerline
of Litchfield, N.H., Earl Cockerline of Kingston, N.H., and Timothy, Rory
and Seth Cockerline, all of Westford; four sisters, Ruth Lizotte and Lorraine
Belida, both of Dracut, Mass., and Dorothy Fletcher and Sarah "Sally" Betts,
both of Westford; one brother, Robert Cockerline of North Carolina; 13
grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by a son,
William Cockerline in 1966; a sister, Beatrice "Betty" Rooney; and a brother,
Orin Bascom, 66
CHARLESTOWN -- Orin Edward Bascom, 66, of 74 Old Claremont Road, died
Monday morning (Aug. 5, 1996) at his home after a brief illness. He was
a lifelong Charlestown resident. Mr. Bascom was an auto mechanic. He owned
and operated Orin's Auto Service on East Street Extension in Charlestown
for 10 years and retired in 1992. Earlier, he operated Orin's Shell Station
on Main Street for 30 years. Mr. Bascom had also worked two years at Fellows
Gear Shaper Co. in Springfield.
Mr. Bascom was an antique car enthusiast. He was a member of Yesterday's
Antique Car Club in Springfield and Granite State Gas and Steam Engine
Association. Mr. Bascom owned a 1926 truck called "Willis Knight."
During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was born in Charlestown on June 28, 1930, the son of Merton L. and
Charlotte N. (Greene) Bascom. On July 8, 1956, he married Elizabeth A.
"Betty" Armis. Survivors include his wife, Betty of Charlestown; one son,
John O. Bascom of Charlestown; one daughter, Mrs. Steven (Beth A.) Lavoie
of Loudon, N.H.; three brothers, Charles H. Bascom of Middlebury, Vt.,
Merton E. Bascom of Charlestown and Thomas J. Bascom of Mesa, Ariz.; three
grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edward Brown, 78
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. -- Edward Francis Brown, 78, died July 25,
1996, at his California home. Before moving to California, he lived in
the Springfield area for many years.
Mr. Brown was a former machinist for 25 years at Fellows Gear Shaper
Co. in Springfield. He was a life member of Robert L. Johnson Post 771
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Springfield and American Legion Post 18 in
Vermont. He was born in Worcester, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1917, the son of Edward
F. and Evelyn A. (Stetson) Brown. On Aug. 31, 1947, he married Lucille
Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Desert Hot Springs; two daughters,
Carolyn B. Cross of Newport Beach, Calif., and Priscilla A. Wright of Newfane,
Vt.; one sister, Marjorie Dyer of Palm Desert, Calif.; four grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.