BRIAN KEITH LAVALLEE – GRAND ISLE – Brian Lavallee, 57, died in his home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 following an extended illness of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Brian was born in Winooski on May 3, 1960, the son of Raymond and Carlene Lavallee. He was educated at St. Francis Xavier School and Winooski High School. Brian was married in Essex Junction on May 3, 1986 to Kelly J Salter. He was employed for many years at IBM until he retired in 2016. Brian loved life and lived it to its fullest, infecting those around him with his passion for living and having fun. He loved roller coasters, Bruins hockey, water tubing, snow sliding, Halloween and vacationing in Maine. He was a successful athlete whether he was playing Little League as a young boy, being the star goalie on his high school hockey team, or coaching his daughters youth sports. Brian’s passion for life was surpassed by his passion for, and devotion to his family. He was a beloved husband, father, son and brother. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kelly Lavallee; 3 daughters, Jaime, Lisa and Stacy; his mother, Carlene Lavallee, 9 brothers and sisters, Diane Stromme, Carol Lavallee, Ronald Lavallee, Linda Frank, Reginald Lavallee, Bruce Lavallee, Michael Lavallee, Theresa Bachand, and Suzanne Lavallee; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Raymond Lavallee. Per Brian’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.gregorycremation.com
Alice Mashoian Walrath, 84, died peacefully and surrounded by love on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington, her home for the last three years.
Alice was born in 1933 in New York City, the daughter of Yeghishe Mashoian and Oghidar Troshagirian, refugees of the Ottoman Genocide of Armenians. She grew up with a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins, learning English only when she started kindergarten. Throughout her life, she loved school, checking out library books, swimming at the beach, and listening to the Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast.
Alice always worked. Her first job, at age 12, was helping a blind woman navigate the streets of Manhattan. Alice followed her sister Rose, also going to college to become a teacher.
In chemistry class at University of Albany she met David Walrath, who liked to chat her up about the weekly lab. They married in 1954. While Dave served in the the Army, Alice spent a very cold year teaching at SUNY Potsdam. They moved together to Durham, NC, where Alice earned a Master's in Biology from Duke University and Dave studied engineering. They returned to the New York area in 1960, first to Riverdale, then Closter, NJ, moving to Hastings in 1972, making lifelong friends in all these places. Alice and David travelled the world with their children, Mark, Dana, and Suzy, living for a year each in Brazil, Yemen, and Egypt, where Dave designed public works projects.
Alice taught biology at schools ranging from Hunter College, Riverdale Country School, and Mercy College to Sing Sing Prison and Mohammed Ali Othman School in Taiz, Yemen. For nearly 20 years, Alice directed the general biology labs at Barnard College, especially enjoying thinking up hands-on problems for students to solve. At home, dinner table conversation might include an explanation of the relationships among different plant families, or about dominant and recessive genetic traits, or maybe just pretending to know what the cat was thinking. She enjoyed the beauty of simple things, like reading books to children, sunsets over the Hudson River, finishing a crossword puzzle. Alice loved spending time at Lake Oscawana in Putnam Valley, NY, swimming, walking, pedal-boating, singing, and playing cards with family and friends.
Alice joins her late husband David, and is survived by her sister Rose Robischon; her three children, Mark, Dana, and Suzy; son-in-law Sandeep Mehrotra; and eight grandchildren (almost enough for a baseball team, she would say): Max, Nishan, Tavid, Aram, Ally, Arjun, Gabby, and Araxi. The family will be forever grateful for the remarkable compassion and care Alice was given by the staff and community of the Ethan Allen Residence. Even as her abilities declined the love she (and we) received there was profound. The family would also like to thank Bayada Hospice and Stephen Gregory Funeral Services for their kindness and support.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alice's memory to the Ethan Allen Residence (1200 North Avenue, Burlington, VT 05408) or the Friends of the Hastings Public Library (7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706).
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 17 at 1 pm at South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY. A memorial service in Burlington is being planned for January 2018.
Richard E. Dufresne died peacefully on December 5, 2017 after a brief illness at the age of 86. Dick was born January 8, 1931, the youngest child of Timothy and Irene Dufresne. "The Duke," as he was affectionately known to many, was renowned for his kindness and generosity to all who crossed his path. An open door, open heart, open mind, and open wallet were all hallmarks of his nature. Neighbors, friends, family, and friends of friends and family always knew they could come to him at any time if they were in need of a ride, a loan, a meal, a place to stay, or just a good story and some laughs.
Dick was predeceased by his parents, siblings, and his beloved son Glenn Kelly. Surviving family members include his loving daughter Autumn and adoring grandson Connor, his sister Lorraine, four nieces and nephews, as well as their children and grandchildren, all of whom he treasured. Also survived by his cousin and longtime horse partner Todd Rooney, his exceptional best friend since the third grade, Bill Skiff and the Skiff family, and his loving former wife and lifelong family partner Janet Dufresne.
The family wishes to especially thank the affectionate fellowship and support of Starr Farm Residence and exceptional nursing and staff of UVMC Baird 3.
A memorial service will be scheduled for Spring 2018 at St. George's cemetary in Bakersfield, VT. Date TBD.
In lieu of flowers and in keeping with his giving nature, donations can be made to Committee On Temporary Shelter (COTS,) serving Vermont.
Solon Charles Burroughs, (Sol) passed away at the age of 53 on November 25, 2017 after a brave and difficult five-month struggle with cancer. Sol worked in construction most of his life, and in recent years he worked with his brother's business. He enjoyed music and spent time playing bass guitar in a band with his brothers in Louisiana. He loved fishing and was a big fan of NASCAR racing and particularly enjoyed the Dale Earnhardt years. He also, had a huge love for animals and rescued many dogs and cats that were abandoned during the cold winter months. He would bring them to his home and give them the love and care they needed. Sol leaves behind his long-time partner and best friend, Dot Busque, of Colchester, his sister, Patricia and Michael Bergeron, of Essex, his brothers Robert Burroughs, of Louisiana, Frank and Donna Burroughs, of Jericho, and John Burroughs and Diane of Jericho. He also leaves behind loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and good friends who were a big part of his life and were there for him throughout his illness. Sol is predeceased by his father and mother Francis and Vera Burroughs and his brother Joseph. Sol will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew him for his great sense of humor and his selfless, giving spirit. Sol's family would like to thank all the wonderful staff from VNA Hospice for the exceptional care they gave Sol. We would also like to thank those of you who reached out showing your love and support for him. A special thank you to Dot Busque for her love and devotion to Sol for the past 17 years and the support and care she provided throughout his illness. Also, a special thank you to Donna Burroughs for being there with Sol day and night giving him the loving care and comfort he needed at the beginning of his illness and during the final days of his life. There will be a celebration of Sol's life at the Winooski VFWon Saturday, December 16th from 1 pm - 4 pm. Donations in Sol's memory may be made to the VNA Hospice or to an animal shelter of the donor's choice. Those who wish to send online condolences may do so at www.gregorycremations.com.
Gail L Sheldon, age 81 passed away Friday November 18th at Helen Porter Nursing Home in the dementia unit surrounded by her family.
She was born in Vergennes, VT the daughter to Richard and Vonda (Hallock) Sheldon. She lost her mother as a young child and was raised by her Grandmother and Grandfather Hallock along with her aunts, uncles, brother and sisters.
Gail graduated from Vergennes High School and Becker College. Gail loved to travel and lived in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. She worked in FL for a Doctor and the Phone Company. She worked at WPI in Wooster MA, and moved back to Vermont where she then worked at Middlebury College, R.S.V.P, and Addison County Home Health and Hospice.
She is predeceased by her two sisters Patricia Smith and Diana Parks and a nephew Jeffrey Parks and a cousin Dennis Thomas. She leaves behind her Brother Gary Sheldon and Mary of Tennessee; Brother Keith Craig and Annie of Addison; Sister Connie Goodrich and Peter of West Ferrisburgh; Brother John Sheldon and Cathy of Monkton; Sister Noreen Sheldon of Panton; Brother Harold Sheldon and Diane of Panton; and Brother-in-law Harvey Smith of Middlebury and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Helen Porter Nursing Home especially the Dementia Unit for the warm loving care that she received during her long stay.
Gail is a member of the Congregational Church in Vergennes, VT and held many positions in her years there and was known as Aunt Gail to many children. The Celebration of her life will be Saturday November 25th at 11:00 am at the Congregational Church on Water Street in Vergennes.
Donations can be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home Dementia Unit, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, or Project Independence.
Gerald Robert Ragis, born at Burlington, VT on March 31, 1935, the son of Bruno J. Ragis and Ruby Anne Sawtelle. He passed away on November 17, 2017 at University of Vermont Medical Center.
He was educated in the Burlington Parochial School system. Further education was at Genessee Abbey, Piffard, New York, Le Grand Seminaire de Montreal, Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.
Father Ragis was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Robert F. Joyce at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Burlington, on May 25, 1963. Since that time he has tried to serve the Church with compassion, honesty and common sense in various ministries at Rutland, St. Johnsbury, Burlington, Newport, and Orleans. For twelve years he was a monk of Mt. Saviour Monastery at Elmira, NY and Benson, VT. He then served as pastor at Charlotte and Hinesburg.
He is survived by his sister Gloria Stowell and her children; his brother Ronald and his son; his sister Ruth Ann Jones and her children as well as his close friends Zhao Peng and Henry Maciejewski.
Funeral services will be held and announced at a later date. Burial of his ashes will be private and at the discretion of the family.
His final request is that you pray for priests and do kind and loving things for each other, till we joyfully meet in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Martin Levitt, 91, died November 1, 2017. For a full obituary, go to www.sevendaysvt.com, see Arts & Life. Friends and family are invited to gather to remember Martin on December 10 at 3:00 PM, Sunset Ballroom at Comfort Suites, South Burlington, VT. Arrangements: Stephen C. Gregory & Son.
Dale Robert Billado, 58 of Essex Junction passed away unexpectedly November 11, 2017. He was born June 9, 1959 to Wilfred Billado and Shirley Jones Billado. Dale is survived by his soulmate and wife of 25 years Tina Gellock Billado, his "adopted" angel Maddison Tarte, and their fur baby Sassy Cat. Dale is also survived by his mother, his mother-in-law, Mary D. Gellock, sisters Patricia Brown, Debra Kawlewski (Andy) and Penny Suchman (Andy), brothers Larry Billado (Noreene) and David Billado (Jani), sisters-in-law Terry Ross (Brian), Diane Arnold (Keith), brother-in-law Frank Gellock and his step father Gerald Lumbra. He is survived by nieces & nephews: Jeff Billado, Julie Benham, Lori Senna, Kimberly Vuley, Amy Fortner, Laura Wilson, Aaron Billado, Nichole Powers, Jason Billado, Kyle Suchman, Alex Veronneau, Jennifer Veronneau, Kristen Veronneau, Stacy Baumhardt (Kevin), Jeremy Ross, Matthew Arnold, Amanda Arnold and several great nephews & nieces. Dale was pre-deceased by his father, his sister Paula Veronneau and his father-in-law Franklin P. Gellock. Dale was a member of the Catholic Church. His kindness and willingness to help others was far reaching. Dale was a sports buff and an avid Red Sox fan. He enjoyed a lengthy career in the culinary field and worked in numerous restaurants across the country. Dale was fond of all animals and their humane treatment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dale's memory to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital or your local animal shelter.
A gathering to celebrate Dale's life will be held on Saturday, January 6th , 2018 from 2 to 4pm at Gregory & Son Cremation Services located at 472 Meadowland Drive Suite #7 South Burlington, VT.
Martin Levitt, 91, of Burlington, VT died peacefully on November 1, 2017, surrounded by the loving kindness of the staff and residents of Ethan Allen Residence. He is mourned by many including Margery MacLeod Glass and Anne MacLeod. A full obituary including plans for a gathering in his memory will be published at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son, South Burlington, VT.
Pfc. Edward F. Bessette
Pfc. Edward F. Bessette, age 98, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, October 27, 2017 at the home of his daughter in Underhill.
Edward was born February 4, 1919 in Malletts Bay, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Sweeney) Bessette. He attended school until 8th grade, then went to work various jobs in the area.
In 1941 he enlisted in the Army and served four years with the Battery A 211th Field Artillery in WWII. Edward loved sharing his many stories of his life growing up, the middle child, in a very large family, all those years ago. He also talked about his adventures while in the War. After waiting over 60 years to receive his medals, The American Legends Post 91 in Colchester honored him at a special dinner and presented his medals in front of his family and friends. This was a proud moment in his life!
Returning home after the war Edward worked on farms in Vermont and Massachusetts. He spoke very highly of his job on Herpes Dairy in New Braintree, MA, which he had to leave to come home to care for his mother and the house he grew up in. Once back in Vermont he worked for Reed & Stone Construction in Essex Junction until retiring in 1981. On March 28, 1981 he married Ilamae Bessette and together they raised a family. He kept busy in the winter ice fishing with his family and friends, in Summer he was busy working in his vegetable garden. His rather large garden was known for how beautiful the veggies were and you would never find any weeds in it.
Edward is survived by his step sister Helen Lavee of Colorado Springs, CO; his step children Arthur (Brenda) Bessette of Milton, Pauline Davaris of Sudbury, MA, Peter Davaris (Tsiala) of Burlington, Mary (Robert) Martelle of Underhill. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edward was lucky to meet and hold his youngest great grandson August John Martelle born on October 4th, 2017. Many nieces and nephews, some that he has reconnected with over the last few years.
Besides his parents and siblings, Edward was predeceased by his wife Ilamae in 2000, his step daughter Linda LaRocque in 2004.
There will be no visiting hours per Edwards request. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Holy Cross Church, 416 Church Road, Colchester. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Lunch will be served in church hall after service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward's memory to Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties (VNA) 1110 Prim Rd, Colchester, VT 05446. His family would like to thank the VNA for keeping Edward in A1 shape. He lived a quality life with regular visits from his Home Health nurse. The Hospice team of nurses and doctors were outstanding too. Thank you so much.
Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service of South Burlington, Vermont.
Jennifer Suzanne Butts, 45, passed away peacefully on October 24th at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester following a long, courageous battle with Huntington's Disease.
Jen is survived by her mother, Mary Lomas; her sister, Cheryl Tourville; her brother-in-law, Lee Tourville; the love of her life her niece, Madison Tourville; several aunts, uncles and cousins and many loving friends. She was predeceased by her father, Leo Butts, in 2012.
We would like to thank her friends and caregivers at Crescent Manor in Bennington, VT and the very caring staff at the VT Respite House.
There will be a celebration of Jen's life on Saturday, November 4, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Junction.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jen's memory to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, HDSA Massachusetts Chapter, P.O. Box 14, Chelmsford, MA 01824.
FLY HIGH ANGEL. . .
Lloyd H. Atkins Sr. of Richmond VT passed away peacefully at home with his family on October 15th, 2017. He was born in Bristol, VT on September 17th, 1924, son of Erwin Atkins and Carrie Belle Booska, he married Mattie Ann Rivers from Bridport, VT on February 14, 1947.
He served in the Army during World War II and later worked for F. W. Whitcomb Construction Co for many years as a welder and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Lloyd leaves 4 children, Darlene Wargo of Winooski, Lloyd Atkins and his friend Kristine Liberty of Richmond, Ed and Diane Atkins of Colchester and Linda and Neil Nelson of Bristol, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 27th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge St in Richmond, VT.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, contributions can be made to Richmond Rescue, 216 Bridge St, Richmond, VT 05477.
On Sunday October 15, 2017, the lord opened his arms to Lucille (Soutiere) Youngman as she entered his sacred kingdom.
One of thirteen children born in Winooski on July 6, 1938 to parents, Oasias and Hortense Soutiere. Lucille graduated from Winooski High School in 1958 and went to work at General Electric prior to starting her family. She returned to work at Sudexo - St. Michael's Campus where she proudly served the Edmundites for many years before retiring.
She married the late Howard (Chub) Youngman who predeceased her on March 28, 2005. They began their life together in Queen City Park, Burlington VT. In 1970 they moved to the home they had built together on Skunk Hollow Road in Jericho VT where they raised their five children; Kim, Kelley, Kevin, Kipp and Kathy.
Lucille's summers were spent at the family camp; "The Lazy U" where she thoroughly enjoyed and welcomed friends, family and newcomers! According to Lucille, her greatest accomplishment was raising her family. Her faith, selflessness, devotion and her knack for making everyone around her feel loved and valued was truly a gift.
Lucille is survived by her children, Kim and Jim Kilpeck, Kelley Youngman and Mary Ann Senske, Kevin and Ruth Youngman, Kipp and Sara Youngman and Kathy and John Sirois; multiple grandchildren; her brother Fr. Ronald Soutiere and sister Theresa Companion and sister in law Beverly Austin.
Our Family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who took part in her care including Dr. James Boyd, Dr. Lucy Miller, the special community at Our Lady of Providence, the VNA Hospice team, and finally the VNA Respite House staff and volunteers who worked so diligently to ensure comfort and support to the families they serve as a whole.
Services will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Saint Francis Xavier Church at 11am immediately followed by graveside services at St. Francis Cemetery in Winooski, VT. A Luncheon celebration will be held at the American Legion 3650 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester, VT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either The Binter Center for Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders, 15 Prospect St., Arnold 2,
Burlington, VT 05401. Please make checks payable to UVM Medical Center with In Memory of Lucille Youngman in the memo area. Donations can also be made online at www.UVMhealth.org/medcenter/bintercenter or McLure - Miller VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester, VT 05446; in Memory of Lucille Youngman.
Kaylin Nicole Mitchell
• South Burlington
August 8, 1999- September 26, 2017
Our beautiful daughter, sister, and friend passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Essex Jct., Vermont.
Kaylin grew up in South Burlington and had a great love for her friends and family. Her humor and wit could put a smile on anyone's face she encountered. She graduated from South Burlington High School in June 2017 and was getting ready to pursue her career interest in the veterinary field. Kaylin loved warm weather, the beach, and surrounding herself with the people she loved.
Kaylin is survived by her mother, Nicole Trombly Mitchell; father, Nathan Mitchell; stepmother, Amy Mitchell; best friend and brother, Dylan Mitchell; best friend and sister, Camryn Mitchell; her two peanuts who she adored, brother Caiden "Buggie" Irish and sister, Gwendolyn "Gwennie" Mitchell; grandparents Alan and Marilyn Trombly, Gail and Dean Kirby, and David and Darlene Mitchell; her close friend who was like a sister, Katie Delorme; close friends David Cross, Denis Devac, and Nalla Burnell; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A scholarship in Kaylin's memory is being set up by her family, and it will be given to a few graduating students from South Burlington High School each year. Kaylin's brother, Dylan, and sister, Camryn, will choose the recipients and present the award at graduation.
Kaylin's celebration of life will be held on October 6th, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. Services were provided by Stephen C. Gregory and Son of South Burlington.
Dr. Dennis Jones
Age: 76 • South Burltington
Dr. Dennis Jones, 76, passed away August 10, 2017 at Vermont Respite House after a short battle with cancer.
Dennis was born July 20, 1941 in Eastham Merseyside, Great Britain. The only child of Anna (Nancy) Hagerty and Gersham Jones. He attended Wirral Grammar School for Boys, graduating in 1950. He was given a full scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge. While there, he studied Medical Sciences and Chemistry with a specialty in Pathology. He received a Doctorate in Nutritional Pathology and Histochemistry. After which he became a University Demonstrator (aka. Assist. Professor).
Dr. Jones left Cambridge and joined the Dutch Pharmaceutical Company, Organon, where he was head of Cardiovascular Disease Research and Development for eight years. From there, he moved to France to become Director of R and D for Laboratories UPSA (now Bristol, Myers, and Squibb). He left that job two years later and immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada to manage a food engineering and agricultural commodity processing research facility. From there, he moved to Montreal, Quebec to become Director of R & D and Q.C. for Horner. Three years later, he joined the Bariatrix group to develop unique nutritional products. During that time, he chaired the Canadian Government's Expert Committee on Human Nutrition and the Canada Committee on Food.
Dennis moved to the U.S. in 1992, working as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Bariatrix and eventually Somalabs, where, at the time of his death, was part owner and operator. Both of these companies were dedicated to improving health via nutritional and pharmaceutical means, including the education of the obese in the principles of good nutrition.
He was a fellow at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Member of the Society of Biology, Chartered Chemist, Chartered Biologist, Chartered Scientist of U.K., Cambridge. Dennis headed one of the first studies of Essential Fatty Acids and their impact on heath. At Bariatrix, he was also the formulator of what we've all come to know as "Balance Bar". He was extremely proud of his work on protein bars. He always insisted on the finest ingredients, the best proteins and the most palatable flavors. Dennis said he had the best Q.C. team at Bariatrix and relied and respected their opinions in creating the best products. Making protein bars was a major part of his life's work.
Dennis thoroughly enjoyed reading, his love for science fiction was like no other, reading a book per day almost his whole life. He would also read books in several languages, as he spoke six. His favorite was Dutch, which up until his death, he was rereading his favorites. He would say that there were no words which compared to the fluidness and fun of that language. His best friend Tom referred to him as a "Pharmacopoet".
Throughout his life he had many cats, some of which he carried around wherever his travels took him. Last but not least was his absolute love of cars, most cars. He knew everything about cars, both foreign and domestic. He loved hanging out with the "guys" at his favorite auto shop and discussing how much power he could get in his car or what kind of wheels and tires gave him speed. He leaves behind his beloved black Audi S5. Besides his wife, that was his second love.
Dennis is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Holly (although together for 27 to be ever so accurate), two daughters, Megan Daly and her husband, Dan, and Morgan Rocissono and her husband, Andrew Rome. He leaves behind two special, beautiful grandsons, Nicholas Korajkic, II (a constant traveling companion) and Warren Rome, 7 months, who spent a very short but special time with his grandfather. Finally, he leaves his only granddaughter, Harper Jones Rome, whom he referred to as "The Little Lady".
Dennis and Holly resided in Shelburne for 24 years (they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in 1995) before moving to South Burlington in 2016. It should be duly noted that Dennis passed away on the anniversary of their first date, 27 years later.
A special thanks to the McClure Miller VNA, Respite House in Colchester and its incredible staff. He was treated with dignity and respect and his needs in those final days where met unceremoniously by a group of professionals dedicated to Hospice Care. He knew his family was supported by them thereby letting him rise up to heaven, greeted by those who had gone before him.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT. Interment will be private. A special Thank You to Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services for their personal and professional attention in our time of need.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, Florida 34120 or online at corkscrew.audubon.org
The sanctuary was recently damaged by Hurricane Irma. This was a very special place that Dennis enjoyed, walking the boardwalk and searching for alligators and beautiful birds. He would be honored to know that he was helping to rebuild this place he adored.
Daniel Nicholas Kucij
Daniel Nicholas Kucij died unexpectedly on September 23, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a result of a traumatic brain injury. He was 73 years old.
Dan, or Nick, as some called him, was born on January 30, 1944, in Queens, New York to Daniel and Rosalia Kucij, and grew up in Long Island. After completing his bachelor's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he served in Nepal as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. When he returned, he married the love of his life, Miriam Ruth Morrill, whom he had met on a blind date while she attended Russell Sage College. They moved with their daughter Sara to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. There they taught elementary school and had a son, Nicholas Dorje, who died shortly after birth from delivery complications. Their daughter, Maya, was born a year later. In 1975, they moved to Vermont, where he completed his masters and doctoral degrees in Education at UVM. Dan worked as a Special Education administrator in the Franklin Central Supervisory Union until he retired in 2000. Afterward he did consulting work for the State of Vermont and was an adjunct professor at UVM.
Dan loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking photographs, operating his ham radio, birdwatching, and visiting Maine.
Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Mim, and his infant son Nicholas. He is survived by his daughters: Sara (Patrick) Filliettaz of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Maya Kucij (Walter Goettlich) of Warrensburg, MO; his four grandchildren: Emmet, Owen, Henry and Esther; his brothers: John (Lyn) Kucij of Schenectady, NY and Richard (Ruth) Kucij of Napierville, IL, as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by his friend, Kathy Archer, as well as the members of his long-standing Burlington men's group, and his many beloved friends and former colleagues.
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington
at 152 Pearl Street on Sunday, October 1, at 3pm, followed by a reception in the Society's Parlor. Online condolences may be sent to www.gregorycremation.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to www.savethechildren.org, a cause both Dan and Mim cared deeply about.
ST ALBANS – James “Buddy” Sanders, 69, of St Albans passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Born on February 8, 1948 in Redbank, NJ, Buddy was raised in New Jersey. He moved his young family to Vermont in the early 70’s and worked in a variety of positions, eventually opening the Hobbit Hole Delicatessen in Enosburg. Later he became a sheet metal fabricator at Tri-Angle Metal Fab, working there for 35 years until his retirement in 2015. He was a craftsman who could make anything out of a flat sheet of metal. He enjoyed cooking, learning new things in almost any subject especially history, attending sporting events of his children and grandchildren, and tending his flower gardens at home with his wife, Charlene. He is survived by his wife, Charlene (Parrott) Sanders, five children – Jim (and Becky) Sanders, Jeff (and Deb) Sanders, Cathy (and Rusty) Branon, Brian, and Zachary Sanders – fifteen grandchildren – Jimmy (and Sarahjane), Joy, Fin, Emily, Joshua, and Ruth Sanders; Ashley, Matthew, Katelyn, Emma, Bethany, and Timmy Sanders; Laura and Eddie Branon; and Haily Sanders – three great-grandchildren – Jeffy, Nika, and Eva Sanders - and several close friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Laura (Terhune) Sanders, and his brother, Horace Greely “Tripp” Sanders. Funeral arrangements will be private.
November 12, 1932 – August 17, 2017
Remembered as a man who brightened people’s days with his presence, a kind, generous spirit with a pithy sense of humor, he took pleasure in meeting people. It was his grin and sparkle that welcomed everyone.
Don married Elisabeth Sheltry of Burlington in 1960. During their almost 57 years of marriage they raised three sons; Donald (Maine, now Burlington), George (Richmond, VT) and Peter (Jackson, WY). He was pre-deceased by his mother, father and brother Ward. He is survived by his wife, sons and three grandsons; Christopher, Tyler and Parker, his brother Richard of Litchfield, NH as well as nieces and nephews. A long line of dogs accompanied Don through life, mostly labs and lab mixes. He took great delight in sharing the water with these dogs.
He taught his children, grandchildren, friends and others to play cards. Many evenings of Oh-Hell were enjoyed and cribbage was played regularly. He won often enough to be accused of unsavory play, but really, he was good and lucky.
Born in Lancaster, NH to Barbara Cushing and George Augustus Jenkins, Don grew up in Concord NH, graduated from the University of New Hampshire and served the US Army in post-war Germany. Subsequently he was hired by IBM to sell office equipment in the pre-computer age. He proudly sold Selectric typewriters, word processing systems, dictation equipment and copiers. Initially with the entire state of Vermont as a territory. As the product lines grew, his territory shrank and he focused in the greater Burlington area. A consistent producer for IBM, he was recognized half a dozen times one of the top 100 salesmen in the country. Locally, he was a member of the Ethan Allen Club where he socialized with the leaders of our community, played bridge, made life-long friends and had fun always.
Don’s success with IBM led to an equally long and successful retirement. After raising his family in South Burlington, Don and Liz moved to Bolton Valley, wintering on the mountain and skiing out the back door. Don ran the parking lot at the ski resort with a quick wit and a big smile. His summers were spent on Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire. Eventually he and Liz were enticed to winter in the Teton mountains in Driggs, Idaho, skiing Grand Targhee an Jackson Hole Mountain resorts. Here he was nick-named “Good Times” by a friend of son, Pete. Don and Liz returned to Burlington in 2014.
After suffering a series of strokes more than 10 years ago, Don began a slow decline, continuing to ski and be active, but more recently, the dementia that took his life made his days very difficult. The family wishes to extend their thanks to the dedicated staff of UVM Medical Center Hospitalists and the caregivers of The Arbors in Shelburne.
Don has been cremated. A graveside interment will occur at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM. A remembrance will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, September 16th at Burlington’s Oak Ledge Park upper pavilion.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation in Don’s name to your local animal shelter or youth sporting club/league. Family may be reached via email at Don_Liz@dkjenkins.com
Charles John Mitchell 1932-2017
John died on Aug 5, 2017 in Middlebury Vermont surrounded by his wife, Nancy (Kretzer) and his beloved children Kim of Maine and Sean of California.
John was born Christmas Day 1932 to James Stuart Mitchell and Francis (Saddington) Mitchell. John was a graduate of Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton Ontario and the University of Western Ontario's School of Business (1956). His career in Marketing took him from Montreal to London England and then to New York City where he enjoyed success as an Executive with Clairol followed by many years as an independent and successful Marketing Consultant.
He met Nancy at a pool party on Long Island in 1962 and they married in May 1963. They raised their family in Stamford, CT amid a myriad of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, geese, peacocks, 2 memorable parrots, a horse and even a goat! John loved all animals but his dogs were special. Several of John’s friends commented over the years that if they were to be reincarnated, they would like to come back as one of John’s dogs.
In 2000, he and Nancy retired to Alder Meadow Farm in central Vermont.
He was the proud Gan-Pop/Papa to granddaughters Kristina (Maine) and Sydney and Addison (California) and caring father-in-law to Sean's wife, Terry (Roth) Mitchell.
John was predeceased by his parents James Stuart Mitchell (1953) , Frances (Saddington) Mitchell (1997), his older brother, David (2013), his brother in law Frederick Kretzer (2006) and sister in law Carolyn Kretzer (2011).
In addition to his wife Nancy and children, Kim and Sean, John is survived by David's widow, Audrey (Nelson) Mitchell (Mississauga, ON), and brother Peter (Beverley) Mitchell (Ancaster, ON), five nieces, four nephews and their spouses and children.
John was a complicated, intelligent, and deeply caring man with a quick intellect, dry sense of humor, and on occasion, sharp temper. He held himself and others to a very high standard. He cared deeply about his family and community and saw hard work, good table manners, and giving back as requirements of a worthy and respectable life. He passed all of these qualities to his children along with his square jaw and fierce sense of determination and independence. While reserved most of the time, he loved a good joke, evenings with small groups of friends, and long walks through fields or woods with his dogs.
John loved his life in the U.S. even becoming a citizen in 2002, but never forgot his Canadian roots. Spending time on Lake Muskoka in Ontario with the family was among his greatest joys.
The family wishes to thank the incredible staff at the Residence at Otter Creek for the care and compassion they showed John in his last months. He found true friends and a community of support at the end of his life affording him moments of joy and laughter as his mind and body slowed.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of John's life will be held at a later date.
Any contribution of either time or money in his memory to an animal shelter would put a (small) smile on his face.
3/13/1948 - 8/5/17
John was born in Westfield MA to the late John and Katherine (Zales) Malcovsky.
He graduated class of 1966 from Westfield High School and 1970 from St. Michael’s College.
He was a teacher and coach at Grand Isle and Winooski Schools. He was an avid collector of toy trains, milk bottles, pinball machines and friends. He played the accordion for many birthday parties and was an enthusiastic golfer, achieving a hole-in-one. He loved eating at Papa Frank’s and baking for his friends and family. He organized the Winooski Dollars for Scholars Train Show for 23 years, raising money for student scholarships as a way "to pay it forward" for the opportunity he was given to attend college.
He is predeceased by his father, mother and brother Joe. He is survived by his cosmic life partner Barb Pitfido and her son Max, sons John P. (Daniela) and Andrew (Andrea), sister Kathy (Gene) and brother Jerry (Renee), grandsons Max and Alex, nephew Jerry Jr. (Kristy), nieces Emily (Eric), Abigail (Josh) and Andrea (Doug), grandnephews RJ, Mike, Frankie and Oliver, grandniece Abbie, cousins Theresa (John) and Sister Christopher.
John will be greatly missed by the many friends he made in his lifetime from Westfield, St. Michaels College, Grand Isle and Winooski School Districts, The Winooski Senior Center, Burlington Meals on Wheels, golf tournaments, local and national Train Associations and shows, and everywhere he went. John had a special gift for making connections with people.
Special thanks to the staff of Joy Drive Dialysis, the VNA Respite House and Home Health Nursing, the UVM Cancer Center, Palliative Care and Shepardson 4 Oncology for their kindness and compassion during John’s illness.
According to John’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will be arranged at a later date.
Donations in John’s name may be made to Dollars for Scholars Programs in Westfield MA or Winooski VT. John asks that you consider blood and organ donations as a way to leave a legacy and offer a second chance to return loved ones to their family, friends and communities.