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.

Olive E. “Beth” Sinnamon

Beth passed on Feb 13, 2019, at Vermont Respite House. Beth was an optimistic, positive spirit, fun-loving, talented and industrious. Born in Hartford, CT, at the Buckingham St. Maternity Home, daughter of Walter H. Frary and Marian Roby Frary. She graduated with secretarial training from Hartford High.

 A lovely, slender redhead, she met her husband on a blind date, and married William J. Sinnamon of Manchester one week before he reported to US Army Air Corp in 1942.  They enjoyed Wesleyan house parties and trips to the shore with friends.  She worked at US Dept of Agriculture during the war, lived in the Goodwin Building until 1951.  Beth raised two daughters in West Hartford, took care of her mother at home, then began temp jobs. One led to 21 years employment at Connecticut Public Television, lastly as assistant program manager.  Beth and Bill made a home in Higganum for 25 years.

Beth was challenged at age seven by the death of her father, and the loss of the family home on Tredeau St. She had a wonderful, loving marriage of 57 years and kind lifelong family and friends in CT.   She was a congregant at St. James's Church, and Holy Trinity Church in Middletown. She enjoyed camping through the country and Canada, and summer fun at Red Oak Hill.  She excelled as a seamstress, at croquet, and dance, and always was dressed with elegance and accessories.

She leaves her daughter Valerie of Isle LaMotte, VT, and daughter Carol Carpenter of Groton, CT, sister-in-law Rella Dickie of Florida, and Lepak nieces Susan and Virginia, and nephew Gary.  She was predeceased by her husband, her sister Anna Frary Lepak and nephew Dennis.

There will be a graveside service in the Spring at East Cemetery in Manchester, CT.

Tom O’Brien

Tom O’Brien passed away at home on December 31stsurrounded by his loved ones.  He leaves behind his beloved wife Bethany Myrick, sons Brodie and Casey, their partners, and his dear extended family.

Tom came to Vermont to attend UVM in the 60’s, where he fell in love with the mountains, the lake and the people.  He was an accomplished woodworker, inventor and an entrepreneur. Tom gave generously of his time to serve on several boards and in his children’s classrooms.  He was graceful skiing the mountains’ snow and skating the valleys’ frozen lakes, and loved sharing summer afternoons—and the occasional November gale—with friends and family on the sailboat Intuition.  

 Tom was a man full of warmth and heart, which extended to his family and his many friends—an ever-expanding group, as he found connection wherever he went.  His warmth, generosity of spirit, creativity, and kindness will be remembered by those who knew him.  May Tom’s life inspire us to live our days fully and with gratitude and kindness.   

 With joy, his family will continue to do the things Tom loved; they invite you to join them: 

Howling at the full moon

Watching for the glimmer of spiders’ eyes at night

Diving into the lake joyfully with Tom in our arms and our hearts

Remembering to turn over the rake

Watching over our children and grandchildren

Watching for all the small miracles in the woods and hillsides 

Seeing Tom in the snow sparkles

Feeling his love, light, and presence in us

Sharing and remembering our stories.  

 Toms life will be celebrated by family and friends in a gathering planned for the spring.The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Steven Ades and the staff at the UVM Cancer Center.In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to UVMMC Home Health & Hospice