Miscellaneous Windsor County, Vermont Obituaries


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Adelina Bonneau, 95
CLAREMONT -- Adelina T. "Lena" Bonneau, 95, of Hillside Terrace, died Wednesday morning (Sept. 25, 1996) at Integrated Health Services of New Hampshire at Claremont after a long illness.
For 76 years, she lived in Claremont and formerly resided in Massachusetts and Canada.

Mrs. Bonneau was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Church in Claremont. From 1920 to 1926, she worked in the finishing room at McCalver Shoe Co. and at International Shoe Co., in Claremont. She was born in Manchaug, Mass., on Nov. 13, 1900, the daughter of Auguste and Parmelia (Deziel) Ouellette. Mrs. Bonneau was raised and educated in Canada.

Her husband, Milford J. Bonneau, died in 1975 Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. John (Theresa) Tetreault of Claremont and Blanche Bonneau of Quincy, Mass.; two sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Angelina) Bothalon of Richmond, Quebec, Canada, and Mrs. Denis (Marie Jeanne) Beauregard of Acton Val, Quebec, Canada; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Napoleon Ouellette.

Bernice Dennett, 75
SPRINGFIELD -- Bernice D. Dennett, 75, died Monda morning (Sept. 23, 1996) a Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center following lengthy illness.
She was a lifelong Springfield resident. Recently, she lived at Southview Apartments, formerly resided at Westview Apartments for many years, and earlier at Southview Apartments. Mrs. Dennett formerly worked at Hanson Court Convalescent Home for many years. She had also worked at Skip Bruce's Store and at the former Southview Laundromat. She was born in Springfield on Jan. 1, 1921, the daughter of Nelson and Dorothy (Ordway) Hance.

She attended Springfield schools.

On May 6, 1937, she married Alfred W. Dennett in Springfield. Survivors include her husband, Alfred W. of Springfield; five daughters, Mildred Buxton of St. Johnsbury, Vt., Patricia Comerford of North Walpole, Silvia Campbell, Betty Gokey and June Theetge, all of Springfield; one son, Lawrence "Larry" Dennett of Charlestown; two sisters, Myrtle Bicknell and Eleanor Johnson, both of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Calvin Hance.

Bicknell service
SPRINGFIELD -- A graveside funeral service for Clifton S. Bicknell, 84, of Crescent Street, who died Sept. 21, 1996, at Springfield Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas W. Hiltsley, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel at 99 Summer St. in Springfield.

Blanche Quartz, 88
FORT MYERS, Fla. Blanche B. Tucker Quartz, 83, of 2615 Kings Crown Blvd., at Shell Point Village in Fort Myers, died Monday (Sept. 23, 1996) at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers.
For the past seven years, she lived in Fort Myers and formerly resided in New London, N.H., for five years and in Claremont for 74 years. Mrs. Quartz was a registered nurse and worked at the former Claremont General Hospital for 35 years. She retired in 1974. She was a parishioner of Shell Point Village Church and Claremont First Congregational Church. She was a member of Claremont Women's Federation of the church.

Mrs. Quartz was a former member of Claremont General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was born in Claremont on Oct. 10, 1912, the daughter of G. Herbert and Mildred (Benjamin) Bartlett.

On Oct. 24, 1936, she married Bernard W. Tucker Sr. He died in 1984.

Later, on Oct. 12, 1986, she married Milton H. Quartz, who died in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Bernard W. Tucker Jr. and John B. Tucker, both of New London, N.H.; two daughters, Marion T. Forte of Naples, Fla., and Nancy T. Ciardelli of Burlington, Vt.; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Marion Conlin, and a brother, Richard Bartlett. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., in Claremont.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Claremont First Congregational Church, at corner of Pine and Pleasant streets, with the Rev. Mary E. Scales, pastor, and the Rev. Larry Turns, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to: Stevens High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 710, Claremont, N.H. 03743, for a memorial scholarship fund in memory of Blanche B. and Bernard W. Tucker.

Edith Moore, 87
WESTMINSTER -- Edith Crandell Moore, 87, died Friday (Sept. 27, 1996) at her home.
She was a longtime Westminster resident. Mrs. Moore had been an active parishioner of the First Congregational Church. She had also been active in the Grange and other civic activities. Mrs. Moore was an avid gardener and shared perennials from her garden with many in the area.

She was born in Southampton, Mass., on April 11, 1909.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Lewis H. Moore; three sons, Lewis Moore Jr., of Westminster, Ernest Moore of Balston Spa, N.Y., and Thomas Moore of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; one sister, Virginia Hanson of Broad Brook, Conn.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational Church in Westminster.

There will be no visiting hours.

The Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home of Westminster is handling the arrangements.

Ellen Godek, 92
CLAREMONT -- Ellen E. Godek, 92, formerly of Chellis Street, died Thursday (Sept. 26, 1996) at Sullivan County Nursing Home in Unity after a long illness.
She was a longtime Claremont resident. For many years, Miss Godek owned and operated Godek's Store in Claremont. She was a longtime communicant and organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Claremont.

Miss Godek was a member of Virgil H. Barber No. 892 Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 808 Ladies Auxiliary, both in Claremont.

She was born in Peterborough, N.H., on June 29, 1904, the daughter of Frank and Bronislawa (Piwowarski) Godek.

Miss Godek graduated from St. Mary High School in Claremont and attended Lincoln Prep School and New England Conservatory of Music, both in Boston, Mass.

Survivors include many cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Al Godek, in 1966.

Francis Ball, 58

CLAREMONT -- Francis B. "Frank" Ball, 53, of Winter Street Extension, died Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21, 1996 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a brief illness. Since 1974, he lived in Claremont and formerly resided in Connecticut.
Mr. Ball owned and operated Todafrali's Deli on Washington Street and Vegetaball's Farm Pesto Sauce with his wife since 1987.

From 1983 to 1986, he worked for the U.S. Post Office. From 1969 to 1983, he worked for American Telephone & Telegraph. Mr. Ball was a founding member of the Preachers Motorcycle Club, now known as Freelancers Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed his family, friends, the outdoors and his Harley.

During the Vietnam Conflict, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received the Purple Heart.

He was born in Hartford, Conn., on July 1, 1943, the son of Francis Fisher and Mary Felicia (Sica) Ball.

On Aug. 13, 1977, he married Darlene Nacel.

Survivors include hie wife, Darlene of Claremont; two sons, Skye A. Nacel of Portsmouth, N.H., and Hazen S. Ball of Claremont; one daughter, Zanda A. Ball of Claremont; his father of Mil- waukee, Wisc.; one brother, Forrest Ball of Bennington, N.H.; two sisters, Patricia Loso of Milwaukee and Mary-marlene Gaskill of Atlanta, Ga.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gertrude Brys, 54
KEENE, N.H. -- Gertrude A. "Trudy" Brys, 54, of 238 Base Hill Road, died Monday (Sept. 23, 1996) at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene after a period of failing health.
For the past five years, she lived in Keene and formerly lived in Charlestown for several years. Mrs. Brys was bookkeeper for Bell & Falk Law firm and at St. James Episcopal Church, both in Keene. She also worked part-time at Jo-Ann Fabrics in Keene.

Mrs. Brys was formerly active in Claremont Adult Education program at Stevens High School and later at Keene High School.

She was a parishioner of St. James Episcopal Church in Keene.

She was born in Bangor, Maine, on Dec. 15, 1941, the daughter of James and Gladys (Runnells) Raymond.

Mrs. Brys attended Meriden, Conn., schools. She graduated from O. H. Platt High School and attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Survivors include one daughter, Michaelanne Brys of Augusta, Ga.; her parents of Barefoot Beach, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. There are no visiting hours.

Private burial will take place Thursday afternoon in Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown.

George MacDonald, 81
ELKINS, N.H. -- George D. MacDonald, 81, died Thursday evening (Sept. 26, 1996) at New London Hospital. Mr. MacDonald had been an Elkins resident since 1924. He had been employed with .Scott & Williams, a manufacturer of knitting machines, in Laconia, N.H., as an electrician for 27 years. Retiring in 1977, he was a master electrician and worked throughout the area as a self-employed electrician. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Mr. MacDonald held many memberships including; King Solomon's Lodge No. 14 F&AM of Elkins; an Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite member of the Lodge Council, the Chapter of the Valley of Concord and of the New Hampshire Consistory of the Valley of Nashua; a 32nd Degree Mason; the Bektash Temple of Concord and Captain Emeritus of the Provost Guard of Bektash Temple; the Martha Chapter No. 34 of the Order of the Eastern Star; the American Legion Post No. 40 of New London; the Elkins Fish & Game Club; the National Rifle Association; and the Pleasant Lake Protection Association. Mr. MacDonald was also a past member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Electrical Contractors. He was born in Winchester, Mass., on Nov. 14, 1914, the son of Arthur P. and Marguerite (Weston) MacDonald. Survivors include his wife of more than 37 years, Jeanne (Bruggeman) MacDonald of Elkins; one son, John J. MacDonald of Waltham, Mass.; two daughters, Mary A. MacDonald of Elkins and Barbara L. MacDonald of Sunapee; seven grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday at the First Baptist Church of New London, with the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Thurston, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Elkins Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Chadwick Funeral Home in New London. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. by King Solomon's Lodge No. 14 of Elkins. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to: Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Careu St., Springfield, Mass. 01104.

Gordon Cushing, 85
EDGEWATER, Fla. Gordon Francis Cushing, 85, died June 2, 1996, at his home in Edgewater.
He and his wife, Alice, moved to Florida in 1977 and formerly resided in Windsor for several years.

Mr. Cushing was manufacturing manager and worked at Cone Automatic Machine Co. in Windsor for 32 years before retiring.

He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Mr. Cushing was a former member of Father Fontaine Council No. 2832 Knights of Columbus in Windsor and Concord (N.H.) Elks Lodge. He was born in Concord on Nov. 14, 1910, the son of Abraham and Anne (Crawley) Cushing.

He attended Concord schools. On Sept. 24, 1933, he married Alice McGrath in Concord. Survivors include his wife, Alice of Edgewater; three sons, John Cushing of Cornish, James Cushing of Windsor and Jeffrey Cushing of Waterville, Maine; one brother, Dr. Laurence Cushing of Edgewater; two sisters, Esther Suosso of Concord and Ursula Martell of Edgewater; four grandchildren; one greatgrandson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Dean and Howard Cushing.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor with the Rev. Rene Gelinas as celebrant.

The Knigh Funeral Home on Ascutney Street in Windsor is in charge of arrangements.

Gordon Smith, 90
KEENE, N.H. -- Gordon Frederic Smith, 90, formerly of Brattleboro, Vt., died Friday (Sept. 27, 1996) at the Langdon Place, ACLF Home, where he had resided since May. Mr. Smith was a self-employed cabinetmaker for many years and was known for his craftsmanship.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro. Mr. Smith was an avid fishHe was born in Randolph Center, Vt., on March 10, 1906, the son of Charles L. and Jennie W. (Flint) Smith. Mr. Smith attended school in Randolph and attended Norwich University. On Oct. 17, 1925, he married Helen Elizabeth Hildreth in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Smith; two daughters, Caryl Thurston of West Swanzey, N.H., and Sylvia Moore of Springfield; six grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Ker, Westerlund and Fleming Funeral Home at 39 High St., Brattleboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, 57 South Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301.

Guy Bemis, 95
WALPOLE -- Guy H. Bemis, 95, also known as "Mr. Walpole" due to his activity in many aspects of community life, died Friday (Sept. 27, 1996) at Cheshire, Medical Center in Keene, N.H., after a brief illness.
Mr. Bemis had been a Walpole resident since 1922. He had worked in the general store in Walpole, later known as the Walpole IGA. By 1931, he had bought out all the store's partners and he and his wife ran the store until their retirement in 1964.

After retirement he expanded his civic life, which brought him recognition as a leader and teacher.

He had served as Republican town chairman and was so influential that few presidential or congressional candidates visited the area without meeting him. Mr. Bemis had been a zoning board member.

He was an active justice of the peace for many years. Mr. Bemis was a drivinglicense examiner from 1931 until 1951.

He was past president of the town's historical society and was chairman of the town's celebration of America's bicentennial in 1976. Mr. Bemis was an authority on Walpole's history and many visitors searching for their ancestral roots sought him. He lived in one of Walpole's historic homes, the Aaron Howland House, built in 1833, and he worked to preserve and mark historic sites in Walpole, including Indian carvings discovered near Vilas Bridge. For several years he and his wife made a business of renovating historic homes and other properties in town. He had been a 4-H adviser and also worked with the Boy Scouts.

He began an annual historic tour for Walpole's fifth-graders starting in the late 1960s, which continued through this last spring. In 1982, he helped lead a cultural exchange program between Walpole and Houston, Texas, elementary schools.

Bemis also crafted fine cherry furniture for members of his family, including canopy beds and night tables for his granddaughters and as recenty as this year a miniature canopy bed for his great-granddaughter. Other activities included hosting annual heart fund events and leading the Walpole Society for Bringing to Justice Horse Thieves and Pilferers. Mr. Bemis received numerous awards, including Outstanding Community Service Award from the Keene Rotary Club and a recognition from the Women of Walpole for "his many years of service to the community. Generous of time, good humor and dedication, he has worked with adults and schoolchildren to present and preserve the history of Walpole."

He was born in Townshend, Vt., on Nov. 5, 1900, the son of Eugene and Grace E. (Austin) Bemis.

Mr. Bemis attended Leland and Gray High School in Townshend and Tiffany Business School in Keene. He grew up on farms in Townshend and Athens, Vt., training steers and colts. Through the 1920s he was active in ox-pulling competitions throughout the area.

In 1929, he married Marion Knapp. She died July 31, 1991. Survivors include one daughter, Joan Bissland of Bowling Green, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial services in Walpole were private.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Congregational Church of Walpole.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Guy Bemis Memorial Fund, Walpole Elementary School, in care of Ann Rogers. The fund will be used for educating children about local history.

The Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home of Bellow Falls is in charge of the arrangements.

Hellen Bolles, 92
WALPOLE -- Hellen A. Bolles, 92, of Green Pastures, died last Monday (Sept. 23, 1996) at Langdon Place in Keene, N.H.
Mrs. Bolles was an elementary school teacher prior to her marriage.

She was a former member of the Montclair Operetta Club, the Chatham Community Players and the Suburban Music Guild in New Jersey. She was a parishioner of St. John's Episcopal Church in Walpole.

Mrs. Bolles was a member of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club.

She was born in Magnolia, N.J., on July 15, 1904, the daughter of Robert N. and Elizabeth (Drape) Aspinwall. Mrs. Bolles attended schools in New Jersey and was a graduate of New Jersey College in Trenton.

Her husband, Charles F. Bolles, died in 1988. A memorial service was held in St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Robert Freeman officiating.

Helen Metcalf, 72
ALSTEAD -- Helen S. Metcalf, 72, of Griffin Hill, died Tuesday (Sept. 24, 1996) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Mrs. Metcalf formerly worked at her father's woodworking mill in Gageville, Vt., and at a mill in Somerville, Mass. She was a former cook for Lebanon (N.H.) schools; a hardware store clerk in Lebanon; and had worked at the Book Press in Gilsum, N.H., at Brush Master in Keene, N.H.; at Murray Heel Co. in Walpole; and at Jan-Met Machine, with her husband, in Walpole. Mrs. Metcalf was an avid musician and played the accordion. She played with Woody and the Ramblers Band entertaining in the Connecticut River Valley for several years. She also entertained with her brothers for many years at area Grange meetings.
Mrs. Metcalf was also a ballroom dancing instructor and roller skating competitor. She enjoyed canning and cooking wild game. Her jelly recipes were printed in the National Grange Magazine.

Mrs. Metcalf was a longtime member of Pomona Grange in Saxtons River.

She was born in South Royalton, Vt., on Aug. 18, 1924, the daughter of Raynold J. and Helen (Thayer) Cowing. She attended Gageville and Bellows Falls schools. On Aug. 12, 1955, she married Daniel Metcalf Jr. in Alstead.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Jr. of Alstead; three sons, Rooney Gibbs and Ronald Gibbs, both of Grafton, Vt., and Carl Gibbs of Enfield, N.H.; two brothers, Earl Cowing of North Westminster and Irwin Cowing of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren; two nephews; and one niece. She was predeceased by her first husband, Glen Gibbs. There are no calling hours. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Daniel Metcalf Scholarship Fund, in care of Barbara Porter, Alstead, N.H. 03602.

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

Joan Smith, 54
CHARLESTOWN -- Joan G. Smith, 54, of Snumshire Lane, died Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 25, 1996) at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a short illness.
For the past 23 years, she lived in Charlestown and formerly resided in Springfield. Mrs. Smith was secretary and treasurer and worked with her husband, Paul W., at P&J Trucking in Charlestown. She enjoyed her family life, grandchildren, her dogs and cats, crocheting, crossword puzzles and gardening. She was born in Springfield on Oct. 26, 1941, the daughter of Roland and Doris (Fadden) Gosselin.

On Aug. 8, 1959, she married Paul Wendell Smith. Survivors include her husband, Paul W. of Charlestown; two daughters, Mrs. Christopher (Elaine M.) Tobias of Charlestown and Mrs. Terry (Paula J.) Miller of Claremont; one son, Timothy P. Smith of Victorville, Calif.; two sisters, Beverly G. Marcotte of Perkinsville and Gertrude Tarajkowski of Springfield; one stepbrother, Bradley Batease of Claremont; two stepsisters, Beverly Ladeau and Shirley Fleury, both of Claremont; six grandchildren; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and She was predeceased by her father several years ago; her mother, Doris Gosselin Batease; and a brother, Jack Gosselin, in 1968.

Mary Blood, 94
WINDSOR -- Mary S. Blood, 94, died Friday (Sept. 27, 1996) at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Mrs. Blood had been a Windsor resident for more than 60 years.
She had worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Windsor for 10 years. Mrs. Blood was a parishioner of the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor. She was an active member of the Rebekahs for many years. Mrs. Blood enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and especially her family.

She was born in Orford, N.H., on March 18, 1902, the daughter of David and Nettie (Flanders) Gilbert. Mrs. Blood received her education in Corinth, Vt. On March 17, 1925, she married Forrest Magoon in Barre, Vt. He died on July 14, 1953. On Nov. 26, 1960, she married Fred Blood in Rutland, Vt. He died on April 13, 1979.

Survivors include two daughters, Janetta Cummings of Windsor and Belle Crowley of Sharon, Vt.; one stepson, Floyd Blood of Windsor; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sons, Earl Magoon, David Magoon and Perry Clark; one brother, Clayton Gilbert; and one grandson, Jon Cummings. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor with the Rev. Robert J. Hundemann, pastor of the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church, officiating. There will be no visiting hours.

The Knight Funeral Home of Windsor is in charge of the arrangements.

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