Daniel W. Hill

Dan left us on 10/27/16 to be in a better place where there is no pain or suffering, just peace and love. Dan worked for Top Dog Painters for many years. In his earlier days Dan loved to hunt and fish. Dan leaves behind his mother Verna Martelle, his loving wife Bonnie Racine Hill, daughters Heather Hill, Shelly Hill, and son Daniel Hill Jr., his sisters Carol Sweet, Judy Daudelin, and Donna Cota aka Ducky as Dan fondly called her. Dan also leaves behind grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and cousins. Dan also leaves many friends. A special Thank you to Gary Larock, and Lisa Victory, for their love, support, and help, during this difficult time. Dan was predeceased by his father Watson Hill, stepfather Ralph Martelle, his grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. Services for Dan will be held on November 5, 2016 at Stephen Gregory and Son 472 Meadowland Dr. So Burlington, Vermont 05401 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

 

John Josiah Bartlett True

John Josiah Bartlett True, 76 years of age was received into the healing arms of our Lord Jesus on November 1, 2016. He died of complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The funeral service will be held at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on 1063 Prim Road in Colchester, Vermont, where John was a member, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM.   The Reverend Lisette Baxter, Rector will perform the ceremony with burial immediately after the service also at Saint Andrew’s.  

John was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts  son of Dr. Ansel and Evelyn (Ullman) True on January 14, 1940. He graduated from Mount Hermon, Northfield Massachusetts in 1958, Keene State College with a BS in education in 1966 and the University of Vermont with a Masters in Education in 1992.  He was in the Army from 1959-1962 where he served two of those years in Okinawa. He often spoke of fondness for the region and the people.

He taught math at Lyman C. Hunt and later at Edmunds Middle Schools until retirement in 1995. On weekends and school vacation time, he drove bus for Vermont Transit. He drove full time for them from 1995, until the end of 2006. He had served as a volunteer on the Colchester Fire department and Mallett’s Bay Rescue in the 1980’s. While living in Monkton Vermont he served for a while on the planning commission and the Emergency Response Team.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years Sandra (McClaren / Broderick), his children Jennifer True Gustafsson and her husband Richard, Josiah (Josh) True and his partner Kate Hadden, Susan Broderick her partner John Carp, Michelle Broderick and her partner Paul Sayers and a combined eight beloved grandchildren, Trevor (Titus), Tyler, Simon, William, Rachel, Mattias, Caroline and Mayzee. John is also survived by two sisters Rachel Billings and her husband George, and Rebecca Norman and her husband Victor, Rosemary True wife of predeceased brother Stephen True.

John enjoyed life with family, friends, gardening, animals, traveling, occasional partying and his church community.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont.

Carol A. Cole

Carol A. Cole, the best legal assistant who ever practiced, best friend, and wife of 31 years of John H.W. Cole, and the loving mother of Crystal Cole and John R. Cole, of puppies Darby, Dickens, Howard, and Brady, and Zorro the cat, of South Burlington, Vermont, passed away on Thursday, October 27th, of a stroke, at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.  Born July 3, 1950 in Euclid, Ohio, Carol was the daughter of Robert and Vera (Payton) Neumeyer.  She initially attended Kent State College, and graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Carol’s wishes were for a private service and that in lieu of flowers donations in her name be made to the Humane Society.  Her remains will be interred at Sylvan Abbey near those of her father, Robert Neumeyer, who predeceased her.  Condolences may be sent to Gregorycremation.com

Sharlene Marie Rasco

Sharlene Marie Rasco, age 59, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 15th, 2016 after a courageous battle against cancer. She was born in Plattsburgh, NY on November 30th, 1956, daughter of Norman and Jane Defayette. She was employed by Family Health Associates in Barre, VT and Plattsburgh Pediatrics in Plattsburgh, NY where she retired after 15 years.

Sharlene was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading numerous books, volunteering, and “running the roads” on many fun adventures. Sharlene is survived by her husband, Matthew Rasco of Grand Isle, VT; daughter Alicia and husband Phil Partridge of Barre, VT; son Brent and wife Laura Rasco of Essex, VT; Amanda and her husband Jason Pitts, of Milton, VT.  She is survived by the joys of her life; her four grandsons, Noah and Ryan Partridge, Alexander Pitts, and Jackson Rasco. She is also survived by her mother, Jane Defayette, sisters Julie Duprey and Laurie Taylor, brothers Sid and Nathan Defayette; and many nieces and nephews. Sharlene was predeceased by her father, Norman Defayette.

The family will have a private celebration of Sharlene’s life on Saturday October 22nd, 2016. The family would like to thank the VNA staff as well as the staff at UVM Oncology wing for their kindness and wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the V.N.A (Visiting Nurses Association), 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05466 or Mail a check payable to "The University of Vermont Cancer Center" The University of Vermont Cancer Center Office of Development The Courtyard at Given - 1 South 89 Beaumont Ave
Burlington, VT 05405 in memory of Sharlene Rasco

Marie F. Lambert

Marie F. Lambert, age 85 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 7th, 2016. She was born in Burlington, VT on September 5th, 1931 the daughter of Arthur and Florence (Muir) Durochia. She was employed by G.E and retired in 1990.

Marie is survived by her daughter Linda LaRose and Melvin Corey of Colchester, sons Roger Lambert and wife Kathie of Burlington, Michael Lambert and Sharon Chicoine of Colchester. Grandchildren Victoria Rooney and husband Jesse of Tennessee, Caren LaRose of Burlington, Michelle Williams and husband Antoine of Shelburne, Nicole Atherton and husband Michael of Shelburne, Stacey Pepper and husband Benjamin of Colchester and Chad Lambert of Burlington. Marie also had 10 Great Grandchildren who brought her much love and happiness. Marie was predeceased by her husband Roger, brothers Charles, Donald and Nelson Durochia.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 10 o'clock at Stephen C. Gregory and Son on 472 Meadowland Drive, So. Burlington, VT. The family would like to thank the VNA staff with a special thanks to Kacey Sonia, R.N. and L.N.A Emily, Melinda and Kelly for all of their kindness and wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the V.N.A, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05466.

John Neville Farmer

            Professor John Neville Farmer died gently July 10th 2016 at Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, VT.  He is survived by his wife Margaret (McQuarrie). They were married for 63 years.  John was born to English parents on June 19th 1929 in Simla, India.  His parents were Sydney John Farmer (S. J.) and mother Marjorie (Farmer) Farmer (Fink).  His step-mother was Dr. Norma Dunning Farmer.  S. J. joined the British Army in 1914 and was shipped to India serving the army in the Office of Military Accounts.

            John became a world traveler at a young age, sailing to England twice by the time he was six.  His grandmother Ethel Farmer cared for him until he was seven when he was enrolled in Brighton Preparatory School for Boys in 1936.  Three years later as World War II began his father came to England to take him to Burma where the family lived until the start of the Japanese War.  He and his mother escaped to India on a refugee ship.  His father got out later bringing all the military accounting records with him – for this he was awarded The Order of the British Empire.

            Shortly after settling in Kolhapur, India John’s mother asked for a divorce and his father obtained custody of their only child.  John continued his education in more boarding schools and a military school but not before he had told his Dad that the doctor he had seen at the American hospital in town was a woman and beautiful.  His dad checked her out.  In 1943 S.J. married Dr. Norma Dunning, the Director of the Presbyterian Mary Wanless Mission Hospital and she became John’s loving and ambitious mother.  As WW II ended the three of them traveled to the United States on a sabbatical arriving August 2nd 1945. 

            At 16, John’s scattered education, with no records, made it difficult for American schools to know how to place him.  Eventually yet another boarding school was the solution.  Kiskiminitas Springs School in western Pennsylvania was the answer and he did well with the five week, one course sessions they used. That helped him catch up in his math and science and shine in his history, literature and Latin.

            John attended the College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio where he discovered Zoology late in his third year, changed majors, met Margaret and married her in 1952.  He went on to graduate school at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa in 1953.  He was drafted into the US Army and earned his American citizenship between his Masters and his PhD which was completed in 1960.

            He then taught at the University of Missouri for 19 years and became renowned for his ability to lecture to huge classes of 500 to 800 and earn the respect and affection of a great many of his students.  In addition he advised pre-meds and was the major professor guiding 13 PhD’s and Master’s students through their research and dissertations.  He also received numerous awards for outstanding teaching while at Missouri.

            After 19 years at MU, the University of Oklahoma beckoned.  In Norman, OK, he continued to attract large numbers of students, lecturing twice a day to more big classes and continued as head of pre-med advising.  Again he received many teaching awards with the most prestigious making him a David Ross Boyd Professor of Zoology.  That honor was named after the first President of the University of Oklahoma who had graduated from of the College of Wooster, as John had. 

            John retired in 1995. He and Margaret stayed in Norman where they had a rich and active life in Oklahoma City and Norman for another 17 years.  They moved to Shelburne, Vermont in 2013.  Former Norman friends, Jo and Ted Herstand had introduced them to Wake Robin, a carefully planned and beautiful non-profit CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) in Shelburne.  Leaving Norman was hard but they were happy to be close to their younger daughter Susan Bueti and her family.  They joined a group of very active, interesting and interested residents.  Finally, when John needed skilled care as he struggled with COPD, he was able to live in the skilled nursing section of the community just across the driveway from their apartment. 

            In addition to Susan, her husband Serafino (Sam) Bueti and their children Alessandra and Marcus, all of Waterbury, VT, John is survived by his daughter Johann Cutkomp, husband Jake (James) Cutkomp their children Graham and Emma all of Iowa City, IA, as well as their son Steve Farmer (Steven John) and his wife Lyn of Phoenix, AZ as well as their daughters Elizabeth Meyer, her husband Andrew Meyer and their three children Henry, John and Georgia of Lawrence KS, and Stephanie Jo Farmer, husband Greg Finley and a baby girl on the way in St. Paul MN.  

            There will be a Circle of Remembrance at Wake Robin to be announced later, and Margaret hopes that she will be able to gather in Norman, OK with many of their friends later in the year. Online condolences can be made through www.gregorycremation.com.

John Cort-Desrochers

John Cort-Desrochers (née John Francis Desrochers) passed on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from cardiac disease. I write my own obituary so the blame cannot be put on anyone else. I passed as expected. From the time of conception, we know we will die at some point. I was born at 4:20 pm on July 11th, 1937 at 17 Maple Street in St. Johnsbury, VT, to Felix and Marieanna (Pinard) Desrochers, joining seven siblings. The first child died at two and a half days of age. I was predeceased by Alfred, Armand, Marguerite, Robert, and Paul. I am survived by Sr. Bernadette and Rachel Helen who is married to Leo Ducharme. I married Patricia (Sanders) Desrochers, and we brought forth five children who survive me: Kevin, Joe is married to Stacey, Sam is married to Tracy, Pam is married to David, and Lisette is married to Phil. My dear wife, Sheila and our son, Tom, who is married to Bridget survive me as well. I am also survived by my grandchildren: Erica, Mike, Jordan, Hanna, Danielle, Jacob, Jonah, Megan and Lucinda, along with my great granddaughter, Ava.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to list all of the descendants of Felix and Marieanna Desrochers. To celebrate the year 2000, I sponsored a family reunion at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Barre, VT. Over 90 of Felix’s descendants showed up, so you can see I am survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. To learn more about the family and about my life, you can obtain a book I authored, “Up from Maple Street”, free of charge, at the reception after my funeral while the supply lasts.

The various careers I undertook include 36 years as an educator, both elementary and secondary in Vermont schools. I retired in 1993 as the high school principal in Williamstown. I also was a part time hardware clerk at Sweeney Hardware in St. Albans, handcrafted Rosary maker and author of “Call to Rebellion,” “Laurie the Martyred Child” (both original and revised), “Up from Maple Street”, “Oh No, Not Again”, and “Perdition and Redemption” which is the sequel to “Oh No, Not Again”.

In lieu of flowers (I’m allergic to them), donations should be made to Williamstown Endowment Scholarship Fund, PO Box 315, Williamstown, VT 05679. The fund provides scholarships to Williamstown High School graduates for post-secondary education. I started the fund with $50.00. It now stands at over half a million dollars. My goal was to see it reach one million dollars.

There will not be any calling hours. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward’s Church, 76 Beckett St., Williamstown, VT, on Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The inurnment will follow at the East Hill Cemetery on Gilbert Road in Williamstown. The luncheon reception will be held at the hall in the basement of the church.