Lisa Lewis

 Lisa Lewis, of South Burlington, Vermont, passed into eternal life on April 6, 2019. A woman of great courage, intelligence, sensitivity and creativity, she dedicated much of her life to caring for her husband and children. Lisa demonstrated her indomitable courage in many ways, including cross-country camping trips at an advanced stage of pregnancy and perseverance in coping with the challenges of aging. She demonstrated her intelligence in her wide-ranging reading, which embraced history, feminism, mythology, the New York Times, and the New Yorker, as well as in her early fascination with the Rubik’s Cube. Lisa showed her sensitivity in thoughtful awareness of the people around her and concern for their feelings.  She expressed her creativity in sewing projects, including hand-crocheted curtains for the kitchen. Daily family dinners also showed Lisa’s skill; every day she generously prepared creative, economical family meals. 

Lisa loved reading, taking walks, babbling brooks, crossword puzzles, bowling, and, in later years, Bingo. Jeopardy, Big Bang Theory and the History Channel were favorite TV shows. Lisa was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable sports fan, and in later years especially enjoyed watching tennis and golf. Her family and friends often enjoyed her sense of humor, whimsy, and playfulness.

Elizabeth Lucretia Hurley (Lisa) was born on July 23, 1928 in Albany, New York. She graduated from Spring Valley High School and married the love of her life, Gordon F. Lewis, in 1947. She supported him in his doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky by waitressing, and throughout her life was an astute, empathetic observer of wait staff. In mid-life, Lisa earned two Associate Degrees at City College of San Francisco. 

Lisa is survived by her family and friends who loved her. Son Jeffrey J. Lewis’s widow, Patty L. Rollins, husband Anthony Rollins; grandson Daniel F. Lewis and wife Susan, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth and great-grandson Jeffrey; granddaughter Kimberley and great-granddaughters Kylee and Madison; daughter Melissa L. and husband Mark Heim, granddaughter Sarah Heim and wife Rachel Wener, and great-granddaughter Eleanor D. Wener-Heim; grandson Jacob Heim and wife Kathleen Smith, and great-granddaughter Virginia M. Heim; son Ronald W. and wife Ann H., step-grandsons Jonathan Bradley and wife Lizabeth, Joseph Bradley and wife Susannah and step-greatgrandsons Henry, Samuel and Nathanial; son G. Jason and wife Sally A, and grandsons Brenden and Quinten; son Nicholas H. and Linda, and grandsons Ryan and Eric. Lisa is also survived by her sister, Julia Hurley Goelz and many nieces and nephews, including Meg, Susan, Doug, and Chris Goelz and Michael Hurley. Four siblings predeceased her. May Lisa go from strength to strength in the kingdom of grace.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 7, South Burlington, VT.

In lieu of flowers we ask that contributions be made in Lisa's name to either the Nature Conservancy or Audubon Vermont.

JANICE LEE WALKER KENT

February 27, 1934 - March 16, 2019

Janice Lee Walker Kent, a 20-year resident of Vermont, was reunited in Heaven with the love of her life, Bruce, and a host of other beloved family and friends on March 16, 2019.  A short illness at the time of her 85th birthday followed a brave and determined year of recovery from a stroke in March 2018. 

Janice was born in Redford, Michigan, the sixth of eight children, to Edythe (Griffith) and Allan Walker.  As a child, Janice treasured her siblings and had a great sense of humor.  She was a Key Punch Operator at Chrysler Corporation when she met handsome sailor, Bruce Gordon Kent.  A  courtship of four years preceded their marriage on February 20, 1960.  Together they created the life of her dreams in Sterling Heights (Michigan), Glendale (Arizona) and Swanton (Vermont).  Janice and Bruce were blessed with five children, 11 grandchildren, and 55 married years before his death in March 2015. 

Janice adored her extended Kent and Walker families and had many friends.  She loved reunions, connections on Facebook, the Red Sox, and was great at games.  Before a lifelong battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis crippled her hands, she loved to play the piano and took pride in sewing clothes. In addition to her favorite career choice as a stay-at-home Mom, Janice enjoyed assorted jobs such as an Administrative Assistant and Child Care Provider.  

Janice was active in both the Sterling Heights and Mission Bell Methodist Churches, serving as Children’s Choir Director, Junior MYF Leader, singing in the Adult Choirs, and organizing talent shows for senior centers and hospitals.  As a retiree in Vermont, she was a hospital volunteer at Northwestern Medical Center and enjoyed performing in the annual “Cardiac Capers” fundraiser.  After the death of her husband, she became a Senior Companion and was featured in an article in Vermont Maturity magazine.  At 82 years she created and completed a unique “Bucket List” which included zip lining and surprising far away relatives and friends with visits.  

Following her 2018 stroke, Janice was blessed to receive great care, attention and friendship from the many unsung heroes of elder care in Vermont.  Her family would like to sincerely thank the staffs at: Birchwood Terrace Rehab, The Gazebo, and Sterling House.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents, six of her siblings (Harry Walker, Norma Beauchamp, Patricia Walker, Jim Walker, Mary Ellen Walker and Keith Walker) and her husband.  She is survived by her youngest sister, Karen DiFranco, and will be forever loved and missed by her children (Kathryn and John Rhadigan of TX, Daniel and Lori Kent of MI, Kelly and Earl Walters of VT, Sharon and Pat Cunningham of TX, James and Lisa Kent of MI) and her grandchildren (McKenna and Kal Rhadigan, Kathleen (Kent) and Matt Elrod, Justin (fiancee Kayla Boehm) and Shane Kent, Kayla (fiance Tim Paul) and Kelsey Walters, Kasey and Chase Cunningham, and Noah and Alec Kent).  

MEMORIAL ARRANGEMENTS: To celebrate Janice, two memorial services are planned: the first, on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00pm at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service in South Burlington, VT; and the second, (to include church and graveside service), in Michigan, at a later date.  If desired, gifts may be made, in memory of Janice Kent, to Sterling House of Richmond, VT (61 Farr Road, Richmond, VT 05477).

Karen E. Dattilio

Karen E. Dattilio, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 14th, 2019. She was born in Burlington, Vermont on June 11th, 1957 to Michael and Muriel (Joyce) Dattilio.

She is survived by her husband, soulmate and high school sweetheart of 46 years, Craig Hill. She is survived by her sister, Kathie Gallo and husband Tom, and her brothers, David Dattilio, Dana Dattilio and his wife Kim, and Dominic Dattilio and his wife Laura. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws, Judy Hill and Kathy Gratton (also described as sister from another mother) and brother-in-laws, Eric Hill and his wife Kim, Rodney Hill and his wife Elizabeth and Mike Hill and his wife Ann. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews whom she treated like her own. She was predeceased by her father, Michael Dattilio, her mother, Muriel (Joyce) Dattilio, her brother, Cosmo Dattilio, her parents-in-law Barbara and Lyman Hill and her brother-in-law, Ernest Gratton.

Karen worked at the Grand Union pharmacy until she went to UVMMC at UHC campus in 1994 and worked as a Pharmacy Technician with people who soon became like her second family. She had an obsession with “The Wizard of Oz” and always joked about how her alter ego was the Wicked Witch. Her generosity and humor outshone the persona she took on as the “Wicked Witch,” and the only resemblance she had was her cackle that made everyone else around her smile. Her sense of humor was unmatched and she could find the humor in almost anything.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 2pm-4pm at Stephen Gregory and Son Cremation Service at 472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 7, South Burlington, VT. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the UVM Children’s Hospital.