MARGUERITE A. QUINN - THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Marguerite A. Quinn, 73, of Middlebury, Vt., went to meet the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2015, at her winter home in The Villages, Fla. She was with her beloved husband, John, and her daughter, Audrey, when she passed very peacefully as she slept. "Maggie," as she was fondly known by friends, was the daughter of the late Beatrice and Albert Abair of Waltham. She graduated from Vergennes High School in 1959, and later from Castleton College with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was six credits from attaining her Master's Degree in Court Administration when Trinity College closed in Burlington. She married the late Robert Stebbins in 1959 and together they raised two sons and a daughter. They divorced after 12 years of marriage. Maggie had a very successful career as a Court Reporter for the State of Vermont. She later retired as the Managing Court Reporter for the State. One of the last remaining court reporters who still took Gregg shorthand in lieu of a stenotype machine, she was admired for her speed and uncanny accuracy with the written word. Maggie handled several high profile criminal and civil trials, taking shorthand notes during the day and often staying up nearly all night typing the daily transcripts. She was highly regarded by judges and attorneys alike for her advice about cases and courtroom procedures. Maggie accomplished more in her 73 years on this Earth than some groups of people accomplish in their combined lifetimes. In addition to the challenges of raising three children as a single mom, she managed to juggle a very successful career and belong to civic, political and professional organizations, as well as doing a myriad of community service activities. She also taught Court Reporting classes at Champlain College each semester when they had the program. In 1978, she met the love of her life, John Quinn. In 1991, John asked her to marry on her 50th birthday. Over the years, along with her cousin, Mary Jane Lowman, she helped to found Indokids, Inc., and assisted Mary Jane and Charlie Lowman with bringing over 100 Indonesian children to the United States to complete high school and college. This program was one of her proudest accomplishments and her Indonesian "kids" considered her to be like a second mother to them, well into their own adult lives. Michael Arlantis arrived at Maggie and John's home in Weybridge as their first "Indo-Kid" and he became a part of the family. Michael successfully completed high school and graduated after a full scholarship from Middlebury College. He now lives in Indonesia with his own wife and children, as a successful engineer. The family has many wonderful stories of the melding of the cultures that came from having Michael, Glenn Simanjuntak and many other Indonesian boys and girls, share meals and the family home. Maggie never shirked a task. Maggie and John opened their home to anyone who was in need and hundreds of wonderful meals were shared around the kitchen, dining room, living room and wherever people could find a place to sit. If you left hungry or tired from the Maggie and John Quinn home, "it was your own fault." Maggie retired in 1998, after working 37 years for the State of Vermont. She found a new second career as the Development Coordinator for Elderly Services in Middlebury, helping to raise money for their new building. People had a difficult time saying "No" to Maggie Quinn. She was able to find a million-dollar donor. Maggie's team raised over $5,000,000 for the new Elderly Services building. Today, this building provides a variety of services to people in Addison County and beyond. Maggie and John spent thousands of hours with this project and it was not uncommon for her own children to learn that she was busy on any given day doing something for "Elderly Services." Maggie was very proud of her favorite daughter, Audrey. She never concealed that pride. When her grandsons, Taylor and Tanner, arrived, the grandchildren became a very special source of love and pride as well. Any conversation included her wonderful grandsons. Her two sons, Robert and Thomas, served in the U.S. Marines, and although Maggie always worried about them, she was very proud of their service. She wrote to them weekly and saved every single piece of mail they ever sent back from their various posts around the world. Maggie's friends knew that she was a prolific letter writer, and unless she was on one of her many trips around the world, she rarely missed a birthday, anniversary, illness, or sympathy card for anyone she knew. People would hear from her in good times and bad. Many cards contained very generous checks. If Maggie thought you needed a little extra boost, you got a check. She never asked; she just did it. She visited countries and places far too numerous to mention all of them, but they included Paris, where she visited the home of Monet; Saudi Arabia; Thailand; Indonesia; Costa Rica; Ireland; China; and Mexico. She cruised through Alaska's Inland Passage and the Panama Canal. For a modest farm girl from Waltham, Vt., she touched thousands of lives and was truly an inspiration. Maggie was a "get it done NOW" kind of a woman and when she set her mind to something, she either wanted it done now, or she did it. We often shared many laughs with her about that personality trait. If you procrastinated, you incurred the wrath and you quickly learned from her not to do that. She was a past State President of the Vermont Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She also served as a Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters; Secretary-Treasurer of the National Court Reporters Association; 25 years with the Middlebury Rotary Club, serving as its President and Exchange Student Program Assistant Governor. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and very active in politics, for most of her adult life. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #14 in Vergennes. In 2001, she was presented with a Bicentennial Citizens' Medal by Middlebury College, of which she was very proud. Ever the organizer, Maggie provided an outline for what she would like us to publish in this obituary. But, there truly is not enough column space, to write down all of the wonderful things that Maggie did for people. She was a loving and caring wife; mother; sister; grandmother and friend. To say that she will be "sorely missed" by those who knew her, is truly an understatement. The world was a better place because of Maggie Quinn, and there will never be another woman like her. Maggie is survived by her husband, John Thomas Quinn; sister, Beverly (Abair) Norton and her husband, Roger, of Vergennes; her three children and their spouses, Robert and Angela Stebbins of Georgia; Thomas and Susan Stebbins of Westford; and Audrey and Chris Carter and their two sons, Taylor and Tanner Carter, of Penacook, N.H. In addition, she is survived by her very special Indonesian sons, Michael of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Glenn of Arizona. She is also survived by many cousins; nieces and nephews; and thousands of friends from around the world. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Vergennes in the late spring and a second announcement will appear at that time. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements in Florida are entrusted to the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, where online messages may be left. Arrangements in Vermont will be entrusted to Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Elderly Services, PO Box 585, Middlebury, VT 05753; or to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Hwy., Middlebury, VT 05753.
SHELBURNE -- Hilma "Val" Martel, 77, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House. Val was born on April 11, 1937, in Portland, Maine, to Louise Wilson Watts. She married the love of her life, Rene Martel, in 1981. He preceded her in death in 1991.
She leaves behind her son, David (her "Baby Boy") Semon and his wife, Jean, of Poland, Maine; daughter, Gwen Lorain of Mechanic Falls, Maine; stepdaughter, Penny Beniot and her husband, Charles Jr., of Leigh High Acres, Fla.; stepdaughter, Sue Sweeney and her husband, Pete, of Milton; and four grandchildren, Valerie Lorain, Rachelle Benoit, Christy Sweeney, and Travis Sweeney.
Val's first car was a '59 Cadillac. She also enjoyed motorcycle riding. Val moved to Vermont over 40 years ago, and initially lived at the Shelburne Campground. Val worked for VNA for many years, then worked at Uncle Leo's in Shelburne, as well as working many years beside her husband at his cleaning service.
Many people remember Val as a cashier at the Shelburne Supermarket, and her dedication to community service, such as The Angel Fund. The Angel Fund was created to help fund activities for Shelburne children that their families otherwise could not afford, including summer camps, musical instrument rentals, and after school activities. Val was also instrumental in making sure all children in Shelburne received holiday gifts. By matching children's wish lists with donors from local churches, no child went without.
Most people knew Val as "The Lady at the Food Shelf." She welcomed the clients to the food shelf and she listened with great empathy and offered heart-felt words of encouragement and warm hugs when needed. In addition to providing food for families in need, Val managed the financial donations to the Shelburne Food Shelf. She judiciously used the funds to help families with immediate needs, such as emergency fuel and urgent home repairs. Val answered phone calls from families in crisis at all hours of the day and night. In the past few months, Val worked with other people to make sure these programs would continue in the community.
Val was a Christian with a deep faith in God and a member of the Shelburne Methodist Church. In her free time, Val enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Val was loving, selfless, very witty and had an amazing sense of humor. She was a special friend to Marc and Tina Lewis and their children. Marc was her caregiver during her extended illness and accompanied her on her doctor's appointments and visited her daily at the Respite House.
Special thanks to Dr. Addis and the oncology team at UVMMC, Dr. Berry and the team at the Vermont Respite House, and many others who supported Val during her illness. Val will be missed by so many people.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Shelburne Methodist Church in Shelburne. Burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Patient Support Program of Vermont, Vermont Respite House, or the Shelburne Food Shelf.
Charlene S. (Maynard) Brown – passed away after a short illness on March 12, 2015 at UVM Medical Center. She is survived by her son, Adam Brown, and his wife Ally (Pullano) Brown, her beloved granddaughter, Ryan Duval, and Danielle Girard. She also leaves behind her sister Lynn (Larry) Snow, sister Karen (Peter Juras) Maynard, brother David (Jackie) Maynard, and nieces Laura (Bob Steele) Snow- also her God Daughter, Jada (Jason) Payea, and nephew Jordan Maynard. She is predeceased by her parents, Louis and Jeannette Maynard, and the love of her life and long-time partner, Leo Ploof.
Charlene’s unwavering love and devotion to Adam will continue to live on, as they shared an unbreakable bond and connected souls. Her granddaughter, Ryan, was the light of her life and brought her such untold joy. Her nephew, Reese Payea, held a very special place in her heart, as they shared a mischievous sense of humor. She will continue to love them with all her heart and watch over them for eternity. Charlene’s strength and her selfless love for her family and friends will leave a permanent mark on those who loved her, and her infectious laughter will continue to resonate.
It was Charlene’s wish that, when she passed, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in memory of Leo, in hopes of someday finding a cure. We take comfort in knowing that Charlene, Leo, and Mom and Dad are now reunited. A memorial service for Charlene will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 7-9pm at Stephen Gregory & Son Cremation Service at 472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 7, South Burlington, VT 05403, 802-985-3523.
BURLINGTON -- John E. Berryman passed away peacefully with his family beside him on Monday, March 2, 2015, following a brief period of failing health.
He was born March 10, 1930, the only child of the late George Percival and Gladys L. (Elliott) Berryman. He was raised in St. Albans and attended Bellows Free Academy, then the University of Vermont receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Electrical Engineering in 1954. Following graduation, he served in US Air Force intelligence, rank 1st Lieutenant, stationed in Dayton, Ohio. There he met and married his first wife, the late Miriam (Lenz) Berryman, on May 26, 1956, mother of his two daughters.
He started his career working at General Electric in Hudson Falls, N.Y., where he won awards for capacitor design. His family joked that he liked to exercise his engineering brain to solve problems and figure out how to accomplish the impossible in the most efficient manner. In 1966, he took the opportunity to relocate his family back to Vermont, taking a position with Burlington Electric Light Department where he served as chief engineer for many years, before retiring on June 26, 1993.
John and Betsey J. Bartlett were married on July 17, 1983. They spent the last 32 years together in loving and supportive companionship, feeling very lucky to have each other.
John had many hobbies and interests. He very much agreed with the quote, "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats," from "The Wind in the Willows." From the earliest age, enjoyable summers were spent at the family camp in The Pines on Georgia Shore doing just that, messing about in boats. John built boats as a teenager and adult, and was a member of the Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society, restoring and operating wooden boats for pleasure.
John also enjoyed ownership of a Model A Ford and did restoration work on 1950's Fords. He was a member of the Organ Guild Society, promoting the preservation and restoration of pipe organs in Vermont and northern New York. Uniquely, he also built a pipe organ in his home. He was very musical playing piano and organ, as well as manually playing the bells of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in St. Albans before they were automated. He was a member of the East Penn Traction Club for model trolley enthusiasts, maintained his Ham Radio operator license, was a flower and vegetable gardener, an avid reader, and very interested in genealogy. He documented the family tree and produced historical photograph albums for his aunts, uncles and cousins.
John is survived by his wife, Betsey; daughter, Anne B. Blair and her fiancee, Christopher Proborowski; step-children, Steven Drinkwine, Jenny Daout, and Janie Bartlett; and dear cousins, Fred (Kay) Berryman, Carolyn Reidy, and Liz (Gary) Foote. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanne E. Berryman.
Plans are being made for a spring or summer memorial service which will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, South Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, a tribute may be made for the Music in the Lobby program to the UVM Medical Center Foundation 461OH4, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.
BURLINGTON - Stephen R. Peltier, 65, passed away in Birchwood Terrace Healthcare during the late evening hours of Feb. 28, 2015, following an upper respiratory illness. Steve was born in Shawnee, Okla., on Oct. 28, 1949, to Gerald L. and Virginia R. Peltier. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1969, and, after a brief stint in the US Navy, moved back to Oklahoma for a number of years. He returned to Vermont in 1985 and worked a number of jobs around the area, his favorite being Velan Valve. Steve is survived by siblings, Michael Peltier and Catherine; Dan and Dawn Peltier, and their daughter, Kate; and Laurie Peltier and her son, Scott. Special thanks to the staff of "B" Wing at Birchwood for all their efforts to make Steve comfortable and feeling like one of their family. There will be no viewings scheduled, and a springtime burial ceremony is planned at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory & Son of South Burlington.
Jean “Meana” Carniglia, 90, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 14, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Jean was born on September 14,1924 in Windsor Locks, Connecticut where she lived for 79 years before moving to Appletree Point in Burlington. Jean is survived by two daughters, Nancy Carniglia of Waltham, Mass and Martha Clelia of Berlin, VT; five grandchildren: Deana Lee of Essex Junction, VT., Debra L. Maher and husband Gordon Maher of Burlington, VT., Anthony Carniglia of Stowe, VT., Matthew Carniglia and wife Jackie of Moriah, NY and Thomas Carniglia of Clewiston,FL. Jean is also survived by seven beloved great grandchildren: Elliot,Olivia,Ian and Adam Maher and Wyatt, Audrey and Gabrielle Carniglia. She is also survived by a brother Robert Malloy of Summerfield, FL., a nephew Michael Malloy of Marlborough, CT,.two nieces, Hermit Susan Malloy of Italy, and Kathy Gregory of Ellington, CT.,daughter-in-law Sandy Duncan of Stowe,VT., and dear friend Theresa Farr of Windsor Locks, CT. Jean was predeceased by husband Francis J Carniglia DVM, daughter Maureen Lee, son John Carniglia, grandson Joseph Carniglia and brothers Frank and James Malloy. Deb wishes to thank Meana’s many special friends and neighbors including Tam and Jim Smith, Lee Libby, Kevin Breen, Abby McIntosh and Jen Debedout for their unwavering love and support and to express eternal gratitude to Dr. Melissa Brandes and to the dedicated TLC caregivers who enabled Meana to remain in her home for the last four months of her life because it had been her greatest wish. Jean’s family will hold a memorial gathering in Vermont to celebrate her life at a later time. Burial will be private at St Mary’s Cemetery in Windsor Locks CT, also at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son, South Burlington VT.
BURLINGTON -- Kenneth Thomas Kane, 86, died on Feb. 13, 2015, peacefully at his home.
He was born in Burlington, son of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Rayta) Kane. Ken graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947, where he was captain of the Varsity Basketball team, and played football and baseball. Ken loved playing sports and was an avid Boston Celtic fan. Ken's passion was working with kids teaching them sports. He coached basketball, baseball and hockey for numerous years in the Burlington area.
Ken worked for IBM in Essex Junction where he participated in the basketball and golf leagues until retirement in 1982. He moved to South Carolina where he enjoyed playing golf. He later moved to Delaware to live with his family, and recently moved back to Vermont, living at Pillsbury Senior Community. A special thank you goes to the team at Pillsbury for their help and support.
He is survived by his children, Tom Kane, Kimberly and her husband, Bill, Shannon, David and his wife, Cindi, Kristin, and Kevin; six grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by a son, Bruce; and sister, Elizabeth Kane.
A memorial service will be held in the spring, date and time to be announced. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son, South Burlington.
BURLINGTON - Bruce went gently in his sleep on the evening of Feb. 5, 2015, at home. Bruce was born on Oct. 21, 1946, in Burlington, to Charles and Dorothy Tudhope. He was predeceased by his brother, Paul. He is survived by his brother, David and wife, Lise; nephews, Eric and wife, Sherry, and son, Kalub; Aaron and sons, Miroslav and Radomir, and their mother, Marina; Ryan and wife, Piper, son, Teddy, and daughters, Eliana and Olivia, Ivy and Lauren; sister-in-law, Martha Tudhope and Chip Strong; and cousin, Barbara Mohamed. Bruce had fond memories of his caregivers, Patrick, Ndidi, and Alain. We are grateful for the good care that Bruce received from the people at Pace, Bayada, VNA and CHC. A celebration service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation in South Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to Camp Thorpe, 680 Capen Hill Road, Goshen, VT 05733. -
Shelburne- Sue, as she was known by everyone, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 4th at UVM Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. She was 62
Sue was born Feb. 13, 1952 in Burlington, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Adams. She attended school in Burlington.
Sue was married to Roderick Fisher Sr. of Shelburne, where they operated Shelburne Lawnmower Repair for many years. Rod (Bub) predeceased her in 2011.
She enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading, working outdoors and most of all, baking for and spending time with her family. Sue especially loved spending time with Abby, Hannah and Holden, who found her caring and helpful. Sue was known for her strong opinions, always willing to share in regards to local and U.S. politics, CSPAN viewer ship will certainly suffer
Sue is survived by her children, Rod and wife Paula of Milton , and grandson Casey Groff, and Shawn, wife Tracy and granddaughter, Abagail of Milton, sister Laurie Poquette, husband Darren and children Hannah and Holden of Essex Junction, brother Patrick Adams and wife Judy of St. Albans and mother Margaret Adams of Colchester.
As Sue wished, there will be no calling hours or services. She will be buried with her beloved husband, Rod in Shelburne at a later date.Arrangements by Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Services.
Sue had a deep love for all animals. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vt. 05403.
” Whenever the wind blows, think of me”
SHELBURNE -- Edward Coleman, 89, a lifelong resident of Shelburne, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2015. Tut, as he was better known, was born on Aug. 25, 1925, to Wallace and Alice (Burbo) Coleman.
Tut spent two years serving his country in the Navy. After returning home, because of his love for woodworking, he became a master carpenter. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time with family and friends - reminiscing about his life experiences.
Tut is survived by his three children, Barry Gadhue, Julie Welch, and Lee Coleman and his wife, Wendy; loving grandchildren, Michele, Sarah, Kelly, Angela, and Rachel; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Tut was predeceased by his wife, Janice (Doyle); grandson, Kyle Gadhue; and seven brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Church Street in Shelburne. Funeral services will also be held at the United Methodist Church on Feb. 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Eagles in South Burlington. Arrangements are being made through Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his honor to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.
VERGENNES -- Janet (Washburn) Paige, 77, of Vergennes, formerly of St. Johnsbury, passed away peacefully Jan. 23, 2015, in Redstone Villa Nursing Home in St. Albans with her children by her side, following a 10 year struggle with Alzheimer's.
Janet was born Aug. 19, 1937, in Randolph, the only child of John Washburn and Cornelia Bass. Janet's mother, Cornelia, died of Tuberculosis when Janet was age six; she was then raised by her father and stepmother, Ila Dana Washburn. Janet married Ronald Paige, of practically everywhere in Vermont, May 1959, and they settled in St. Johnsbury.
After graduating from Burlington Business College (later to be known as Champlain College) in 1956, Janet held many important office and office manager positions, including the Law Office of Governor Phil Hoff, Fairbanks Scales, and the Law Office of John Swainbank; eventually reaching Paralegal status. She was well known for serving 20 years as the Registrar of the Probate Court for Caledonia County, as well as serving many years, in nearly every possible position for a layperson, at North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury.
In 2008, when Janet was no longer able to live alone in her home, she moved to Vergennes and lived with her daughter, Patti, who cared for her up until her recent hospitalization just before the first of the year.
Janet was predeceased by her mother; father; stepmother; husband; two aunts; and three uncles. Janet is survived by her daughter, Patti Paige of 5 Sunset Dr., Vergennes; son, Michael Paige and wife, Shellie, of 41 Mountain View Blvd., South Burlington; two granddaughters, Chelsea Paige of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Jenna Paige of Essex Junction; aunt, Linda Bradshaw of Williston; many cousins; and sisters-in-law, Leota Sumner of Burlington, Beverly Lewis of Stem, N.C., and Madine Bitcon of Woodland Park, Colo.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude for the care and compassion that Janet received from the staff at Project Independence, the adult daycare facility operated by Elderly Services in Middlebury.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 1 p.m., at Vergennes Congregational Church. Online condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that donations be made in Janet's honor to Elderly Services, Inc. in Middlebury, www.elderlyservices.org; or the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.
HUNTINGTON -- Paul C. Brace Jr., 65, passed away on Jan. 22, 2015, at his home.
He was born in Burlington on July 28, 1949, and graduated in 1967 from Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg. Until retiring on May 31, 2014, Paul worked for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Paul was predeceased by his son, Jacob C. Brace, in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara (Barron) Brace; father, Paul C. Brace Sr. of Huntington; mother, Lucy Brace of Bradenton, Fla.; and sister, Sharon Austin of Bradenton, Fla.
There will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Services, South Burlington.
DAVID F. RUSSIN - MILTON - David F. Russin passed away Jan. 18, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston with family by his side. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Patricia M. (Bessette) Russin, on July, 7, 2011. He was born on Aug. 12, 1942, son of the late Francis H. Russin and Alice L. (Hibbard) Russin. He married Patricia M. (Bessette) Russin on Sept. 28, 1962, in Essex Center. David enjoyed being around his family, fishing, going to the casino, telling jokes and loved old cars. He worked at South Burlington School District and at Haywood Tyler, Inc. He is survived by three daughters and two sons, Lisa and husband, Randall LaFountain, of Georgia, Kevin and wife, Rhonda Russin, of Milton, Chris and wife, Sandra Russin, of Vergennes, Amy and husband, Chris Fassett, of Grand Isle, and Karen and husband, Edward LaFountain III, of Colchester; 11 grandchildren, Amanda Geraw and Joshua Geraw of Burlington, Shannon Geraw of Colchester, Kristie Kilpatrick and Rachel LaFountain of Colchester, Tausha LaFountain of Shelburne, Becky LaFountain of Bolton, Kyle Russin of Milton, Calob Russin and Caitlin Russin of Fletcher, and Jason Russin of Vergennes; 11 great-grandchildren, Zoey and Zachary Miller of Burlington, Cooper and Coty Russin of Milton, Reilly and Grayson Kilpatrick of Colchester, Eric LaFountain of Colchester, Saquoiah and Cameron LaFountain of Shelburne, Mckenna of Colchester, and AnnaBella of Fletcher; and brothers and sisters, Robert Russin and wife, Sylvia, of Underhill, Larry Russin and wife, Beatrice, of Underhill, Roger Russin and wife, Colleen, of Cambridge, Gloria Tracy and husband, Stanley, of Milton, Beverly Paradee of Jericho, Nancy Mathieu and husband, Lionel, of Milton, Linda Mathieu of Westford, Kathy Aube and husband, David, of Hinesburg, and Marilyn Mashia and husband, Allen, of Hinesburg. We would like to thank the Vermont Respite House in Williston for the care they have gave our father, brother, grandfather and greatgrandfather. David's wishes were to be cremated. There will be no funeral or wake. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service of Burlington. Online condolences are welcome at www.gregorycremation.com.
ZELVA (FLOWER) LADEAU BRISTOL - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Zelva (Flower) Ladeau, exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Zelva passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehab Center in Middlebury, Vt. She was born in Hartland, Vt., the daughter of the late J. Howard and Diamond (Rose) Flower on Oct. 9, 1922. She was home schooled through grade 3, then she attended Hartland Elementary School. She graduated valedictorian from Windsor High School in 1940. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1944, she was a language teacher at Bristol High School and later in Mooers Forks, N.Y. Zelva married Clayton M. Ladeau Jr. in Brandon, Vt. on Aug. 4, 1947. She and Clayte became the proud parents of their son, Brian, whom she adored. She worked extremely hard at Drake, Smith Furniture Co. in Bristol. Then, when she and Clayte started their own pine furniture store, Deerleap Furniture Co., she worked at their store on Main Street, Bristol. She took great pride and enjoyment in her family, enjoying the simple pleasures of life. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed her favorite tv show, Jeopardy, trying not to miss a single night of it. Zelva is survived by her loving husband, Clayton; her son, Brian and his wife, Pam; her grandchildren, Carmen and her husband, Don Jochum, and Brian II and his wife, Dawn Ladeau; her great-grandchildren, Marissa and Kristina Jochum, and Logan and Noah Ladeau; her sisters, Iloene Brennan, and Ildolyn and Ildolyn's husband, Bob Ahearn; brother-in-law, Arthur lord; plus many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Thalen, Launise and Norlan Flower; and her three sisters, Mavis Ebbett, Lyrace Fontaine, and Gracile Lord. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Bristol rescue Squad, Addison County Home, Health & Hospice, Helen Porter Medical Center and Helen Porter health & Rehab. A gathering to remember and celebrate Zelva's life will be held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the Bristol American Legion from 12 to 3 p.m. To send online condolences, please visit www.gregorycremation.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to either Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443; or to Addison County Home, Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
COLCHESTER -- Kimberly Ann Gonyo, 47, of Colchester, passed into the loving arms of our Holy Father on Dec. 23, 2014, at her home after a period of illness.
Kim was born on Feb. 8, 1967, in Connecticut to Sandra (Bessette) Gonyo and Robert S. Gonyo Sr. Kim graduated from Burlington High School. She enjoyed swimming, woodworking, fishing and camping. Before she became ill, Kim was active in her community by helping her neighbors with various chores and by baking and giving freely from her garden.
Kim is survived by her mother, Sandi LaBree and stepfather, Rodney LaBree of Virginia; her father, Robert S. Gonyo Sr. and his wife, Freda, of Connecticut; four brothers, Robert Jr. of Fairfax, Jeffery of Kalamazoo, Mich., Randall of South Hero, and Billy of Virginia; stepsisters, Debra and John Cyrus of Connecticut, and Barbara and Paul Nelson of Maryland; several nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Kim also leaves her beloved dogs, Diva and Leah, and cat, Tiger. She will be missed by family and friends.
She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, George and Francelia (Wells) Bessette; and paternal grandparents, George and Mary (Steere) Gonyo; and step-grand-parents, Clair and Mary LaBree.
Friends and family can gather to remember Kim and celebrate her life at her home in Windemere Estates, 87 Mt. Sterling Ave., Colchester, between Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, through Jan. 7, 2015; calling hours will be from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Arrangements are with Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services, South Burlington.
WEST FERRISBURG -- Beloved by all who knew her, Mary (Derby) Morris died peacefully, in the loving arms of her caregivers and family, at home on Dec. 28, 2014, in West Ferrisburg. She was 98 years old.
"Bootsie" was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Dr. George Strong Derby and Mary Brewster Brown Derby. Her summers were spent in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. She attended the Winsor School in Boston and St. Timothy's School in Catonsville, Md. Married in 1940 to DuBois S. Morris, she lived in Washington, D.C., and Weston, Conn., before moving to Ferrisburg in 1998.
She was an active volunteer in every community in which she lived. Blessed with beauty, graciousness, a loving heart, humor, warmth and generosity, her house was a mecca for family and friends. Most devoted of wives, most loving of mothers, best of friends, and most caring of neighbors, she was one of a kind and she will be sorely missed.
Bootsie was the matriarch of a large family including her devoted children, Eloise Clark (Christopher), Peter Morris (Pennie Beach), George Morris, Diana Raphael (David), and Daniel Morris (Debbie); and 10 adoring grandchildren, Eloise Patterson, Christopher Clark Jr., Diana Stroble, Sarah Morris, Hasket Morris, Mara Raphael, Jory Raphael, Ben Raphael, Annie Montgomery, and Michael Morris; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, DuBois S. Morris, who died in 2005.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to "Team Bootsie," Pat Owens, Tammie Shepard and Michelle Dickerson, along with Barb Lavoie and Lisa Stockwell who gave extraordinary care to our mother in her last years.
A celebration of Bootsie's life will be held later in the spring. Calling hours with her family will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the parish hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vergennes. Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.
SHELBURNE -- Art Green died of natural causes on Dec. 19, 2014, one day after his 84th birthday. He was surrounded by his family, his primary focus in life.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1930, in Somerville, Mass., to Arthur and Alice (DePugh) Green. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and later in the Air Force Reserves and Army National Guard. In 1973, after working at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., his skills in aviation radar brought him and his family to Vermont, where he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, until his retirement in 2005, ensuring radar sites at Vermont airports functioned flawlessly. At the age of 79, he earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics and the title Master Electrician from Ashworth University. Art had the incredible ability to fix anything. He was the master of "jerry-rigging" when called for.
He married his best friend and wife, Nancy (Pratt), on March 23, 1957, in Waltham, Mass., and together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. They found joy from camping, traveling to Europe numerous times, and in more recent years, driving their RV to Key West each winter.
Art was a gregarious, friendly gentleman who always found a way to help those around him. Whether it was snow-blowing a neighbor's driveway, helping coach pee-wee hockey, or volunteering with numerous organizations over the years, he found happiness from knowing his acts improved the lives of others. His legacy lives on through organ donation. He had a love of trains and recently was part of the restoration of the "220 Engine" at Shelburne Museum. He was also a member of Isaac Parker Masonic Lodge of Waltham, Mass.
He will be dearly missed by those who survive him including his wife, Nancy; their five children, Art Jr. (Tammy) of Windham, Maine, Deborah Rooney (John) of Shelburne, Steve of Burlington, Betsey Dempsey (Don) of Williston, and Penny Fairhurst (Sean) of Shelburne; grandchildren, Heidi Green Fowler, Jeremiah Green, Kane Rooney, Maggie Rooney, Jack Rooney, Katie Dempsey, Aaron Dempsey, Abby Fairhurst, and Molly Fairhurst; great-grandson, Evan Fowler; sisters, Frances Drew (twin), M. Elaine Sakowich, and Evelyn Knight; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is already missed by his adored Gordon Setter, Libby. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Grace.
A memorial service and celebration of Art's life is planned for Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Shelburne United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Online condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shelburne Rescue.
GRAND ISLE -- Leo B. Spear Jr., 62, of Grand Isle, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the UVM Medical Center after a prolonged illness.
Born on March 5, 1952, in New Haven, Conn., Bernie was the son of the late Leo B. Spear Sr., and Joan (MacDonald) Spear. He graduated from Wilbraham (Mass.) High School where he played varsity football. After high school, he attended Paul Smith's College. He was an active parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish and was employed for many years as a carpenter at Leo B. Spear Construction Co. in Massachusetts and Vermont, and later at Ciambro Corporation and S.D. Ireland.
Bernie loved fishing and hunting with his Labrador retrievers. He often reminisced about a canoe trip for giant brook trout on the legendary Broadback River in northern Quebec with his father; brother, Donald; uncle, George; and cousin, Ned.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Joan Spear of Grand Isle; uncle, Kenneth Spear; and aunts, Ruth Wingate, Genevieve Millard, and Helen Abel.
He is survived by his brother, Donald A. Spear; and uncle, George A. Spear, both of Grand Isle; as well as many friends and cousins including, Rose Zeo of Ipswich, Mass., and Ned Spear of Swanton. Special remembrances also to Matthew Spear of Isle LaMotte; and family friend, June Thibault of Colchester.
At Bernie's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date, with interment in the spring in the family lot in Grand Isle. Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service, Shelburne, www.gregorycremation.com.
Contributions in Bernie's name may be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486.
WILLISTON — June Marie (Nolan) Poodiack passed away on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at the Vermont Respite House after a long, brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 42.
June was born on January 31st, 1972 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida to Michael Nolan and June Nolan. The family lived in New York for a time before settling in Danbury and Bethel, CT, attending St. Peter’s School in Danbury, and Bethel High School, from where she graduated in 1990. June earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Theater Arts from Western Connecticut State University in 1994.
From the age of 3, June knew that she wanted to dance, taking classes first at Carvette School of Dance, then at Jacki’s Dance Factory in Danbury where she remained for several years. Her love of dance blossomed at Jacki’s, and she soon became an assistant and then a teacher. She also taught at the Wilton Dance Studio.
June’s love of the stage led her to participate for several years in the summer program at Musicals at Richter in Danbury, as well as onstage and backstage roles at Western Connecticut State University, The Brookfield Playhouse, and the Sherman Playhouse. It was while working backstage at the Brookfield Playhouse that she met her eventual husband Rob Poodiack in 1991. They married at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel on August 13th, 1994.
June and Rob moved to Vermont in 1994, and June immediately began taking classes at Movement Center in Essex. She became a teacher there and then purchased the studio in 1997, expanding it eventually to three locations, and enjoying great success until closing the studio in 2014 when her illness progressed. June also founded and directed Movement Center’s repertory dance company JuMP!, which performed at hundreds of Burlington-area benefits over their 12-year run. June was justifiably proud of how many young men and women she introduced to dance and musical theater, and how many went on to careers in those fields, turning professional, or owning their own studios.
Shortly before and after her cancer diagnosis in August 2013, June became an extreme couponer. She accrued an impressive stockpile of goods at her home and took great pride in racking up big savings at the grocery store. During the fall she taught couponing classes from her home that were becoming popular.
In addition to her husband, June is survived by her sons Dan and Tom of Williston; her mother, June Nolan of Las Vegas, Nev.; her father, Michael Nolan, and his wife Anne, of Sparks, Nev.; her brother, Stephen Nolan of Campbell, Cal.; her father and mother-in-law, Bob and Jean Poodiack of New Fairfield, Conn.; her sister-in-law, Shannon Myers and her husband Dave of Lancaster, Mass.; and her nephews, Ben, Chris, and Nate Myers of Lancaster, Mass.
There will be no calling hours. After cremation, there will be a memorial service and celebration of life for June on Tuesday, December 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Road in Essex, VT.
June was an inspiration to all in her fight against cancer, and she carried herself from beginning to end with elegance, dignity, and grace. The family would like to thank the University of Vermont Medical Center Cancer Center, the Visiting Nurse Association, and the Vermont Respite House for the excellent care they gave June, especially in her final days and hours. The family would especially like to thank Jeanne Neu and Nikki Boutin for all their hard work on June’s behalf, and are very glad that June’s longest dancing friends (Jeanne, Nikki, Sue Hill, Amy Patenaude, and Lauren Mumley) were all able to see June at or near the end.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vermont Respite House or to the Essex Alliance Church Building Fund.
BURLINGTON -- Theresa Lynn Brown, 58, of Burlington, born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Joyce Brown-Harmon and Raymond Brown Sr., departed us on Dec. 7, 2014, after a long, courageous battle with health issues.
She is survived by her father, Raymond Brown Sr. (Venus); stepfather, Clarence Harmon Sr.; brothers, Raymond Jr., and Gregory Brown (Gail); sister, Cindy Harmon, the late Michael Brown and Clarence Harmon Jr.; along with her extended loving family of Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Terri's name to the Cancer Patient Support Program at www.cpspvt.org.