PAUL R. BUTLER

SHELBURNE -- Paul R. Butler, 67, died on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Ludlow on Aug. 4, 1947, the son of the late Muriel (Hastings) and Hartwell Butler. He graduated from Black River High School and Rutland Business School. Paul was employed by the State of Vermont. He was recently recognized by the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) for his 30 years of service. Paul was dedicated to the mission of serving Vermont families in need. He was noted to be extremely well respected, both among his colleagues and in the community, for his extreme dedication and leadership.

Survivors are his brothers, Mr. John Butler and wife, Jeanne, of South Burlington, Mr. Michael Butler and wife, Beverly, of Ludlow; sister, Mrs. Rebecca Bixby and husband, Louis, of Ruskin, Fla.; three nephews, Peter and Matthew Bixby, and Aaron Butler; lifelong friends, Barb and Jim Massucci, and their children, Elizabeth, Ian, and Noah; and Heather Grimes, who was very supportive to Paul these past few months.

Paul was passionate about the seaside in Maine and had a favorite spot that he returned to for at least the last 20 years. He was an avid NY Yankee fan. Paul is remembered fondly by his nephews for all the time, love and guidance they received from their uncle.

Paul highly commended the genuine caring received from his Oncology nurse, Julie Shevlin, NP, Janet Ely, and physician, Dr. Chris Nunnick. The family would like to recognize and thank FAHC and the organization's amazing and skilled staff who contributed to Paul's care, and supporting his courageous spirit, this includes the nursing staff on McClure 6, the ER, the Radiation Therapy staff, and the Oncology clinic staff.

Paul's wishes were for cremation and to have his ashes spread between his favorite Maine get-a-way, a family spot in Ludlow, and gravesite of fond Massucci pets in Craftsbury. There will be visiting hours on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son, 472 Meadowland Drive, South Burlington, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. The family invites you to share your memories by visiting www.gregorycremation.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul's memory to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495; or to Vermont Public Radio, 365 Troy Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.

 

JACQUELYN C. SALTER

GRAND ISLE -- Jacquelyn C. Salter, 73, passed away unexpectedly of complications following a brief illness, on Aug. 24, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Born in Colchester on Feb. 7, 1941, Jackie, also known as "Mema" to her grandkids, was retired and fulfilling her dream of living on Lake Champlain with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Hirsch, and son-in-law, Christian Hirsch, of Ohio; daughter, Kelly Lavallee and her husband, Brian Lavallee, of Grand Isle; son, Daniel Salter and his wife, Kristen Salter, of Bristol; grandchildren, Jaime, Lisa, Stacy, Cameron, Lane, Christian, Hannah, and Sam; and three grand-dogs that she thought the world of.

Jackie was predeceased by her husband, John Salter; daughter, Brenda LaPlante; and sisters, Virginia, Jan and Thelma.

Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.

KENNETH D. RHEAUME II

BRISTOL -- Kenneth D. Rheaume II passed away at his family's home in Bristol on Saturday, May 31, 2014. "Ken, Kenny," was born in Middlebury on June 15, 1965, to Kenneth and Loretta Rheaume. 

He is survived by his son, Sheldon G. Rheaume of Essex; father, Kenneth D. Rheaume I of Bristol; and five sisters, Marie Burt of Port Henry, N.Y., Lori Anne Rheaume of Mesa, Ariz., Debra Rheaume of Starksboro, Stacey Isbell of Bristol, and Kristina Hoadley of Richford.

Ken and his family wish to express "especial" graciousness to his Birchwood Terrace Healthcare family for providing him with  exceptional care during his stays, particularly to Sandy, Janice, Heidi,  Melissa, Megan, Rachel, Marie, Celeste, Alysia, Todd, Walt, Sue and Dan, and to our wonderful family and care team at Addison County Home Health and Hospice; Jane and Sarah.

There will be a private gathering of friends and family in celebration for Ken on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his family's home in Bristol, at 1 p.m.  Condolences may be sent to www.gregorycremation.com.

Monetary donations may be made in Ken's name to Birchwood Terrace Healthcare Activities Dept., 43 Starr Farm Rd., Burlington, VT 05401; or to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Hwy., Middlebury, VT 05753.

ROBERT FRANCIS DIDYOUNG JR.

STARKSBORO -- Robert Francis Didyoung Jr., 62, of Starksboro, journeyed on to his next adventure on May 16, 2014, in the arms of his loving wife, Ellen. Bob fought a valiant battle with cancer without a complaint, always with a smile and always positive. 

Bob was born on March 1, 1952, to Robert Francis Didyoung Sr. and Irene B. Didyoung. Bob graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1974, and Georgia State in 1977, with a degree in respiratory care. Bob worked both as and in and outpatient respiratory care provider throughout the state of Vermont, providing assistance to those with respiratory needs.

In 2003, Bob chose to obtain a teaching certificate from St.  Michael's College, which he achieved in 2006. He taught middle school math in public schools, until he had to slow down. His last position in teaching was his favorite, as a tutor for VSAC where he taught basic math skills to individual students. Bob was also very involved in the Starksboro Water Co-op and served as a committee member and worked with the conservation committee on the towns walking path. 

Bob was predeceased by his father, Robert Francis Didyoung Sr., in 2002, and is survived by his adoring wife, Ellen Phelps Didyoung; their four sons, Jeremy, Jason, Jacob, and Joseph Didyoung; four grandchildren; mother, Irene B. Didyoung; brother, Tim and wife, Marie Didyoung; sister, Kathy and husband, Barry Shay; sister, Anne and husband, Chris Cutler; sister, Sue and partner, Mark; and a long list of extended family and friends.

A very special thanks to Dr. Jason Gramling, Dr.  Julian Sprague and the entire staff of Shep 4. Without them, Bob's peaceful journey would not have happened.

Visiting hours to celebrate Bob will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Dr., Suite 7, South Burlington. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 10 a.m. at The Church of St.  Benedict, in Mohnton, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shep 4 Education Fund, c/o Development Office at FFHC, 1 S. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401; or the Starksboro Town Clerk's Office, c/o Conservation Land Trust Walking Path, PO Box 91, Starksboro, VT 05484.

GERDA CARROLL

BURLINGTON -- Ten days ago, Gerda Carroll was drinking wine and eating seafood at a waterfront restaurant in Burlington, laughing with friends and refusing to allow the dark cloud of illness shadow her joyous life. After bringing so much laughter and irreverence to us all, she died at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Gerda's life was both that of a survivor, and one who lived in the moment. She was a child who witnessed the firestorm of Dresden, Germany, but was guided by visions of angels to safety. In the stark aftermath of World War II, she was a little girl who gratefully ate her grandmother's gastronomy of rutabaga rations and nothing else, but still played outside with vigor and trusted God wholeheartedly. As a child who relocated to Brazil with her missionary father and the rest of the family, she lived in a glass tree house amidst a jungle full of wild food and heartful friends. Gerda grew up there, but the family relocated to North America, and so she found a new life as a young lady in Canada, ultimately resettling into solid career in the United States. 

After the birth of her two girls, and upon finding her great love, Jim, she spent life working and sailing on Lake Champlain, boating the Intercoastal Waterway, and wintering in Panama City, Fla. Life on the water connected her to a special pod of dolphins that would follow her in her travels, and she was one of the few who saw Champ first-hand. She could see things the rest of us overlook. Gerda's world was full of people, parties, travel and joy. She left us all a bit happier and much more inspired in our own lives. Then, she went to join Jim. She was a gift.

Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.

 

 

MICHAEL D. TRUAX

Lincoln- Michael D. Truax, 61, a longtime resident of Lincoln, passed away at home, after a courageous battle with leukemia on May 12, 2014. Mike was born on December 30, 1952 to Henry & Helen (Ward) Truax. Mike worked for many years maintaining the properties of the Lust and the Goldstein farms in Lincoln, until his illness prevented him from working. He was an active member of the Lincoln Neighborhood Watch, spending countless hours directing traffic for emergencies and events in the Lincoln community. He was the guardian angel for the Lincoln General Store, watching and waiting each morning for it to open.  He enjoyed hunting and playing cards with his friends.

He is survived by his twin brother, Mark, and older brother George (Wendy) both of Lincoln, a sister-in-law Gay Truax (Ward) of Salisbury, an uncle, Albert Truax of Burlington, several nieces and nephews, and many special friends. He is predeceased by both parents, and his brothers, Henry and Ward.

A memorial service will be held at Burnham Hall on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice.

The family would like to thank Jane and Jess, for the special care given to Mike to make his last days as comfortable as possible.