Joan Carroll Beauchemin of Burlington, VT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 8th, at the Fletcher Allen Hospital, with friends and family at her side. A full obituary and details of a celebration of her life will appear in the Burlington Free Press on a future date. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services, South Burlington, VT.
UNDERHILL -- James Edson, of Underhill, peacefully passed away April 10, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care with his family by his side.
He was born in Barre in l948, the son of the late Julius H. and Mildred C. Edson Nadeau. He attended Winooski schools, and worked for many years at EBAC Whiting Co. and Office Max. Jim enjoyed working his land, mowing his fields and hunting. He loved to have a good time working or playing. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley; he was an avid 50-year Harley rider.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Edson; son, Eric; daughter, Kimberly Senecal-Flanders; grandchildren, Eric Jr., Bryan Senecal, and Gabriella Flanders; brother, Thomas; nephew, Dan Edson; many close friends; his beloved dogs, Zeus and Little Guy, and his three cats.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Kevin; brother, Robert; and very special brother-in-law, Donnie Regimbal.
A memorial gathering and luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Essex Center Grange Hall. Arrangements provided by Stephen Gregory and Son Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
ESSEX JUNCTION - Mary Barbara Jones, formerly of Essex Junction, died as a result of Alzheimer's disease, early Sunday morning, April 6, 2014, in The Arbors, in Shelburne. She was born in New Haven, Conn., on April 5, 1931, the daughter of the late Richard L. and Katherine Sullivan Jones. She and her family lived in Branford, Conn., where she enjoyed many sports and family events with cousins, friends and neighbors. Mary Barbara attended Branford schools and was a graduate of Mt. Ida College in Newton Center, Mass. "Barb" was employed by the Yale University Athletic Association before moving to Vermont in 1970. Employment at the University of Vermont included positions in the President's office as his Executive Secretary, as Office Manager, and as Special Assistant to the President. She then moved on to the Public Relations office. She also served as co-chair of the University's United Way Campaign. She retired from UVM in 1995. Mary Barbara was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Essex Junction where she served on the Parish Council. She completed the Diocesan Lay Ministry Program and in 1998 was commissioned, along with her classmates, by Bishop Kenneth Angell to serve the church. She was also instrumental in the formation of Holy Family's Youth Ministry Program Committee and served the parish as a sacristan and as a Eucharistic minister which included administering communion to ill and disabled persons in their homes. She also served as a sponsor for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Mary Barbara was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying televised tennis, golf and football. She was an enthusiastic bridge player, hiker, golfer, swimmer, cross country skier, and tennis player. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Jones Davis of Burlington; and her brother, Richard L. Jones Jr. and sister-in-law, Martha Bell Jones of Lexington, Ky. Other survivors include: niece, Samantha Jones Wright of Lexington, Ky., Michael Wright, and their children, Oliver, Franklin, and Beatrice; nephew, Richard M. Jones of Salem, Mass., his wife, Naomi Cottrell Jones, and their children, Frances and Phoebe; niece, Karin Davis Powell and her husband, James Powell of Raleigh, N.C.; niece, Deborah Davis Marshall and her husband, Philip Marshall of South Hero; niece, Susan Davis, Kevin Douglas, and their children, Marshall and Julia of North Ferrisburgh; and by several cousins. The family would like to thank the many excellent caregivers from the Visiting Nurse Association, Converse Home, and The Arbors who supported Mary Barbara during her difficult illness over the past four years. There will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Essex Junction on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, gregorycremation.com, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403.
COLCHESTER -- Betty, 94, went on to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 4, 2014.
Betty was born in Flint, Mich., on April 23, 1919, to Myrtle Johnson Lozon and Carl F. Lozon Sr. Betty had many accomplishments in her life. She trained as a W.A.S.P. in 1942, and loved flying her Piper Cub. She was an accomplished singing comedienne and entertainer and performed in many shows entertaining our troops overseas as well as in the States. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1950, where she continued to perform for dignitaries and military personnel.
Betty moved to Shelburne in 1955 where she opened The Olde Shingle Barn, an antique shop, which she ran for many years. She continued entertaining and was an accomplished artist designing and marketing her own stationary, Vermont Notes, and working in many art mediums. She met poet Robert Frost and he signed one of her manuscripts she had done in calligraphy of his poem, The Gift Outright. Betty, an ordained minister, devoted the rest of her life to the service of the Lord. She traveled to Africa twice to minister to the people there, whom she loved dearly.
Betty is survived by her beloved son, Mitch Loiselle and wife, Sandi, of Jericho; grandchildren, Nicole Yandow and husband, Chris, of Jericho, James Loiselle and wife, Kim, of Kalamazoo, Mich., Tonya Washburn of Hallandale Beach, Fla., and Joe Cormier and wife, Erin, of Burlington; as well as nine great-grandchildren, Brad, Camden, Ryan, Ethan, Corey, Tyler, Lia, Mariah, and Kara. Betty is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children, locally and around the country.
Betty was predeceased by her parents; and siblings, Carl F. Lozon Jr., William "Bill" Lozon, Jane Korte, and Lou Ann (Irish) Davenport.
Special thanks to the staff and nurses at Green Mountain Nursing Home who took great care of her.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 21, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Living Hope Christian Church, 1037 So. Brownell Road, Williston. Burial will follow at New Mount Calvary Cemetery, Plattsburg Avenue, Burlington. Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Special Olympics Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive #2, South Burlington, VT 05403.
SHELBURNE - Ann Talley, 92, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, March 29, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, at The Arbor's in Shelburne.
Ann was born April 30, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., to Ralph D. Allum and Rose Tschida. She was an artist, a wife, and a kind mother. She was actively involved in artistic endeavors throughout her life. Prior to her marriage to Robert, she was an art teacher at Cooper Union in New York. She raised a family of three in the suburban forests of Southfield, Mich., from 1961 to 1990. Ann was a collector of living nature. She taught us all an appreciation for nature and resource conservation long before it was the popular thing to do. Ann possessed an unbridled energy for life and exhibited a compassion for all living things in the daily activities of life.
In 1990, Ann and Robert relocated to Utica, N.Y., to be near their son, Tom. During that time, Ann served as a board member of the Utica chapter of the NAACP, and was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica. Ann moved to the Burlington, Vt., area after the death of husband, Robert, in 2001. She spent her remaining years at The Arbors in Shelburne for aid and assistance with her Alzheimer's disease.
Ann was predeceased by her husband, Robert White Talley, and is survived by sister, Jane; sons, Robert "Tom," and Richard; daughter, Carol; grandchildren, Maya, Daniel, Christine, and Natja; nieces, Eileen, Sally, and Sue; and nephew, Rob.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Parties interested in attending will be notified. Condolences can be sent to the family via www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of gifts or flower's, the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.
MARION (FRAZER) PEPPER SHELBURNE - Marion (Frazer) Pepper, of Shelburne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. She was born in Long Beach, N.Y., on Feb. 2, 1929, the daughter of Sarah (Lammey) and Richard Frazer. Marion attended school in Long Beach and in 1950 graduated from Oneonta State Teacher's College in Oneonta, N.Y. She taught school in Sidney, N.Y., and in 1952 returned to Long Beach and became a Dental Assistant. In her years in Vermont she worked for the Shelburne Inn, Fletcher Allen Hospital, and the Vermont Wildflower Farm. She was married to Robert Pepper of Hudson, N.Y., in 1953. He predeceased her in 1981. Marion is survived by her son and two daughters: Robert and his wife, Susan (Critchlow) and their children, Benjamin, his son, James, and Benjamin's fiancee, Stacey Lambert, and Molly, Andrew and Abby Pepper; Elizabeth Tobin and her husband, John and their children, Nicholas and Jordan Tipson, and Peter and Susan Tobin; and Emily Danis and her husband, Scott, and their children, Hillary and Hannah Danis. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Carpenter; a very special cousin, Richard Pierce of Ireland; as well as her nieces and nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Susan in 1960; and her granddaughter, Kelsey Critchlow Pepper in 1988. A service of life and remembrance will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Shelburne Methodist Church, 30 Church St., Shelburne. There will be no visiting hours. Immediately following the service, a gathering of friends and family will take place in the fellowship hall. Arrangements are being made by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service. Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Marion to the American SIDS Institute (http://www.sids.org/ ndonate.htm); or Special Olympics/Vermont (http://www.special olympicsvermont.org/).
"and when I die, if you need to weep,
cry for your brother or sister
walking the street beside you
and when you need me, put your arms around anyone
and give them love.
look for me in the people I've known and loved
so when all that is left of me is love
give me away
MICHAEL ANTHONY SECOR COLCHESTER - Michael A. Secor, two months old, went to be our guardian angel on March 31, 2014, in mommy's arms, at home. Michael was born Jan. 29, 2014, eight weeks early, at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Michael is survived by his very proud parents, mother, Ann Secor of Colchester, and father, Lee Martinez of Colchester; three sisters, Jada Loesch and Samantha Secor of Colchester, and Alyssa Martinez of Belton, Texas; one brother, Kirk Martinez of Belton, Texas; two grandmothers, Beverly Secor of Colchester, and Linda Tiller of Brandy, Texas; several aunts and uncles, aunt, Lisa Menard of South Burlington; aunt, Diane and uncle, Steve Tuttle, of Colchester; aunt, Linda and uncle, Jim McNeil, of Plymouth, Mass.; aunt, Carole Menges of Sidell, Ill.; aunt, Alex and uncle, Bear Mayfield, of Early, Texas; uncle, Bruce and aunt, Leia Secor, of Weymouth, Mass.; and many cousins. We only had a very short time together, but you will always be in our hearts. Life seems so unfair and Michael was taken away too soon from us. We could never ask for a better angel to be watching down on us. We love you with all our hearts and you will be forever greatly missed. Our Prince forever. Those we have held in our arms for a little while we hold in our hearts forever. Services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Crematory, 472 Meadowland Dr., South Burlington (2nd left past Tilly Dr.) A reception will follow at Holy Cross Parish, Church Road, Colchester. To send online condolences to the family please visit www. gregorycremation.com.
Ph.D., University of Kentucky;
Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of Vermont.
Gordon passed into the hands of our Father on March 18 and found the peace that belongs to those who have touched the lives of their family with a legacy of love. His was a life centered on people: serving the community, teaching our youth, advocating for the disadvantaged, lobbying for important causes, and striving to create a lasting sense of family within his home.
Born in Waldwick, N.J., on Feb 25, 1924, to Emma Peckart Lewis and Winfield S. Lewis, he was of the age to see his first service to society in the U.S. Army during WW2 as a 1st Sergeant in the Pacific theatre. His principle posting was Okinawa. He returned to Rutgers University in N.J. upon discharge from the Army where he continued his lifelong study of human interaction by majoring in Sociology. He went on to receive his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. March Madness was never a dull time in our house!
His teaching posts began at the U. of Kentucky in Lexington and continued at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.; Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y.; and the University of Vermont. He retired in 1988. Summer teaching positions included the University of Alberta, Canada; University of New Brunswick in Fredericton; and Long Beach State University, Calif. He also was fortunate to take several sabbaticals to England: one to Reading University and two to the University of Sheffield. These experiences reconnected him to his maternal grandmother's English heritage and established him as a card-carrying Anglophile.
Gordon's influence and service was far reaching. His academic service included: Chair of the UVM Sociology Department, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Chair of the Senate Financial Policy Committee, and a plethora of lesser college and university committees. Beyond the academic world he served on the Burlington Board of School Commissioners, was twice president of Howard Mental Health Services and served as trustee at Unitarian Universalist churches here and in Florida. He was on the Shelburne board of Civil Authority and Democratic committees at local and regional levels; State President of Florida Council on Human Relations; on the Board of Directors of the Florida Citizenship Clearing House; and District Governor of Pi Gamma, a social science honorary society.
His connectedness to people included a heavy involvement in the civil rights movement. He was particularly proud of a study he organized and executed in 1957, while teaching in Florida, that disproved the often presented justification by the Orlando Sentinel that Southern blacks were happy with the way things were. This willingness to speak out to make society better was further demonstrated in his many contributions and letters to Op-Ed pages both locally and abroad. He ran for state office on the belief that society functions best when we focus our greatest energies on taking care of each other.
These professional achievements reflect only a small part of Gordon's success. At the heart of his interest in people was his love of spending time with them. He maintained many lifelong friendships, many of which were not limited by geography. He treasured his coterie of English friends and was eager to visit whenever possible. Deeper than these connections, however, was his love of all things family. He felt blessed to have had five children of his own and then blessed again when the grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived. He was quick to take an interest in anything they were involved in and looked forward to getting updates on their progress with whatever endeavor they had chosen.
Such devotion led him to one of the great joys of his life: soccer. Two of his sons played and he joined in enthusiastically by learning all he could about its intricacies, serving as a team manager and as co-commissioner of the Champlain Summer Soccer League, and, of course, watching every game his sons were playing in. He went on to become a booster of the UVM men's soccer team and would follow the progress of players upon graduation. He continued to attend games even when we worried about his subjecting himself to Vermont's late fall weather. He carried his interest in the game with him on his sabbaticals and, with his affinity for connecting with others, had the opportunity to become acquainted with some professional football people. He was delighted when he was able to bring some of these talented coaches stateside to help grow the game here. One of those coaches, John Warnock in particular, became a dear friend.
Those left to continue his best ways include his devoted wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Hurley Lewis of S. Burlington; daughter Melissa M. and Mark Heim of Boston and their children, Sarah and partner Rachel Wener, and Jacob; Ronald W. and his wife, Ann, of Colchester; G. Jason and his wife, Sally A., Colchester, and their children, Brenden and Quinten; Nicholas H. and Linda, Ridgewood, N.J., and their children, Ryan and Eric. Gordon’s son Jeffery J. Lewis predeceased him. Jeff's wife, Patty L. Rollins, of Marietta, Ga., continues to be a special part of the family. Their children include Dan and his wife, Susan, and Kimberly. Gordon’s great grandchildren include Elizabeth Lewis and Kylee Lewis. He was predeceased by his brothers Burton, Ronald and Robert.
Papa, you touched our lives with the enduring presence of love. We are comforted by it and thank you for our ability to share it. God bless.
A memorial service to celebrate Gordon's life will be held at 3 p.m. April 5, at Stephen C. Gregory and Son, 427 Meadowland Dive, Suite 7, in S. Burlington. Condolences may be made online at http://www.gregorycremation.com
WINOOSKI – Catherine Trieb Poplawski passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014 with her loving family by her side. She was born June 29, 1948, to George and Theresa (Boucher) Trieb. Left to cherish her memory are her children and their families; Richard and Lisa Gorton, daughters Amanda and Samantha Torrey, David Gorton, Michelle Gorton-French, husband Patrick, and the “lights of Cathy’s life” grandchildren Lindsey Bessette, Myles, Jaxon, and Jayden French. Sisters; Theresa Siple-Edwards and husband Michael, Anna Delorme. Brothers; George “JR” and Marge Trieb, Mitch and Bonnie Trieb, Edward and Donna Trieb, and William “Bubba” Trieb. Special friends Cheryl Delorme and Ila Lewis. Many nieces, nephews, and friends whom she cherished. “Sister” will be remembered for her enduring love of her family, friends, bingo, and gambling. Cathy was predeceased by her parents and brother in law Bruce Delorme. Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services, 472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 7, South Burlington, VT from one to four p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Cathy’s memory to The American Cancer Society, VT Division Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
STARKSBORO -- Betsy Publicover, of Starksboro, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2014, with the love of her life by her side.
Betsy was born in Salem, N.H., on Aug. 5, 1970, she resided in Newbury, Mass., and graduated from Tritor Regional High School. She moved to Vermont and resided in Starksboro with the love of her life, Bobby Bennett, and two stepchildren, Rebecca and John Bennett.
She is also survived by her parents, William and Peggy Publicover of Charleston, S.C.; two children, Hans and Heidi Publicover of Charleston, S.C.; and two sisters, Amanda Higgins of South Carolina, and Jennifer Publicover of Massachusetts.
There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall on Exchange Street in Middlebury. A benefit dance will follow at the hall from 7 p.m. to midnight, with a 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, Shelburne.
Ramona "Mona" (Perry) Ravenelle, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
She was born to the late Frank Perry and Elsie (Cota) Perry on May 11, 1929 in St. Albans, VT.
Mona will always be remembered for her kind heart, warm smile and outgoing personality. Her warmth and generosity were felt by so many, including the foreign exchange students she brought into her home as well as the caregivers that came into her life, developing close friendships that lasted a lifetime. Her sunny spirit will be remembered by all who knew her.
Mona is survived by her cousins: Ruth (Perry) Garner, George Perry, Raymond (Shirley) Cota, Lorraine (James) Manley, Donald (Diane) Cota, Doris (George) Bergeron, Robert (Becky) Cota and Judy (Mark) Willis. She is survived by a foster-child Deborah Franks who she help raised. She is also survived by her former spouse, Bernie Ravenelle.
She was predeceased by her parents, her late husband Jim Nies, aunts, uncles and a cousin Barbara Perry Sweeney.
A note of thanks to her special cousins Ruth Garner and Mary Ann Yeatts-Peterson MD, who provided loving family presence. Her caregiver of many years Cheryl Callahan who was with her at her passing and special friends Mae and Bob Zimmer who spent countless hours with her along with Gloria Mathieu who also was a long time friend. She had a special friendship with Kyoko Davis and her family, who was one of her foreign exchange students that Mona was so fond of. Mona also had many wonderful friends at her Barlow Street Winooski Senior Residence during the 19 years she resided there.
There will be a memorial mass and an interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Albans in the spring.
A special note of thanks to the Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services for their professional, dignified and respectful caring assistance.
HINESBURG -- Sheryl Lawrence passed away on Feb. 13, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born Feb. 8, 1955, to Howard I. Dibler and Frances A. Hansen, Sheryl leaves her beloved husband, Ernest R. Lawrence; children, Nancy and husband, Scott, Penny, Christy and fiance, David, Tiffany, Natalie and Bobbie; grandchildren, Christopher, David, CJ, Rachael, Jordan, Isaiah, Katie, Tashiana, Scotty, and Kayla; one great-grandchild, Catalina; and extended family and friends.
Sheryl will be remembered for her love of angels and roses. She could light up a room with her smile. She had the ability to turn anyone's frown upside down. She touched the hearts of many and will be deeply missed.
A remembrance celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.gregorycremation.com
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the family: Ernest Lawrence, 201 Hillview Terrace, Hinesburg, VT 05461.
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Lloyd Jay Hier, 69, of South Burlington, died on Feb. 9, 2014.
Lloyd was a graduate of Otter Valley Union High School, and the University of Vermont where he played on the golf team. Lloyd was passionate about cards, darts and golf. He sat on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Country Club, and was the youngest president of the Vermont Golf Association. In 1976, he was the Vermont State Amateur Champion and was runner-up three times. He won the State Mixed Scotch Foursome and was the winner of four L.D. Pierce titles. He was the club champion multiple times at Burlington Country Club, Rocky Ridge and Proctor-Pittsford County Club.
He was well known for his competitive nature, and was the first person to win both the State Cribbage Singles and Doubles tournament in the same year. He was an excellent dart player and played for many years on many winning teams for the Men's Dart Association. He will be remembered for his patience, steady hand, smooth putting swing and his tenacity.
Lloyd served in the Vermont National Guard and was a member of the American Legion, the Eagles, Elks and the Ethan Allen Club. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing and held the state record for the largest catfish for three years. One of his greatest joys was spending time outdoors with his young grandson, Pauly.
Lloyd is survived by his life partner, Paula Verrastro, and her family, Paul (Jennifer) Verrastro and their son, Pauly; and Robert (Crystal) Verrastro; brothers, Gary (Betty) Hier of Winooski, Bruce (Lynnia) Hier of Vergennes, and Curt Hier of Fair Haven; sisters, Gail (Paul) Ashley of Brandon, Sally (Mick) Lyons of Brisbane, Australia, Joyce Errecart of Shelburne, and Marsha Henry of Walkersville, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ready South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. The family invites you to share in a celebration of his life at the Eagles Club, Shelburne Road, at 3 p.m. Online condolences can be sent to the family at: gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1612, Rutland, VT 05701-1612; or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
CHRISTINE (HURLBURT) CORLISS - BURLINGTON - Christine passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2014, at the age of 46. Born in Scituate, Mass., she spent childhood summers on the beaches of Cape Cod, where we are sure her soul will rest in peace forever. Known for her sharp wit and keen intelligence, she had much to offer and we are heartbroken that such a promising future was cut short. Christine is survived by her beloved son, Alex of Shelburne; her brother, Rick also of Shelburne; her brother, Jim and his wife, Laurie, of Switzerland; and her sister, Caroline, brother-in-law, Paul and nieces, Kiley and Emily of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and her stepmom, Anne Hurlburt of Shelburne. Also missing her greatly is Simon, her devoted Shih Tzu who never left her side. We'd like to especially thank her dearest friend, Johanna Laba, whose constant and soothing presence helped Christine's passing be filled with dignity, comfort and peace. Additionally, much love and appreciation goes to Sue Lindberg for her devotion and steadfast support through all of this. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vermont Respite House, to whom we are forever grateful. Many thanks also to the angels in Baird 6 at Fletcher Allen who took such great care of Christine. Memories or condolences can be shared at gregorycremation.com.
DENNISPORT, MA, and Naples, FL — Suzanne passed away peacefully at her daughter's home in Vermont on Jan. 21, surrounded by her family, after two years with lung cancer. She is survived by her five children (Sally, Keith, Peter, Tim and Cinny), and eight grandchildren.
Born to Hazel and Randolph Betts in 1931 in Watertown, CT, she went to the Northfield School, and earned a BS from Colby Sawyer College. While working at Mass General and living in Boston, she met the love of her life, Staff Burrell, and they married in 1956. They moved to Cape Cod to fulfill their dream of raising a family in a small town.
Susie loved being outdoors and living close to nature. She went for bike rides, walked the beaches, picked beach plums and wild grapes for making jelly, fed the birds, gardened and took outdoor showers until the pipes froze. She was an avid yard-saler and competitive Scrabble player. She was happiest puttering in her gardens, picking flowers and making beautiful arrangements, which brightened every room.
Both Susie and Staff were generous with their time and enjoyed being involved in their community. Together they volunteered with Southside Civic Association in Dennisport and the Brewster First Parish Unitarian Church. For over 20 years Susie volunteered at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
Susie and Staff spent many winters "on the road" traveling by RV. They settled into a wonderful community at Lake San Merino RV Park in Naples where they enjoyed bike riding, outdoor band concerts and participating in community activities.
We are grateful for the support of Addison County (Vt.) Home Health & Hospice, Hope Hospice on Cape Cod and AVOW Hospice in Naples, FL. Donations in Susie's memory can be made to hospice, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, or First Parish Brewster. Online remembrances can be made at www.Gregorycremation.com
A memorial and celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
SHELBURNE -- Gloria J. Wade, 68, passed away Jan. 20, 2014, at her home after a brief illness.
She was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Middlebury, daughter of Nelson A. and Buelah I. (Ladue) Eubar. She worked at Simmonds Precision for 20-plus years. She was currently employed by Kinney Drugs and enjoyed working with what she called her other family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace; and sisters, Beverly DeBerardino of Windsor Locks, and Sandra Thibodeau of Norich, Conn. She is survived by her son, Michael J. Danyow and wife, Cookie; daughter, Donna M. Fitzgerald; sister, Bonnie Stagg and husband, Gerry; five grandchildren, Robbie, Tabby, Bethany, Devin, and Katie; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a gathering to celebrate her life on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle's Club in Vergennes. If you would like to send the family online condolences please send them to www.gregorycremation.com
Contributions and donations for consideration are the VNA, The Veterans Association, or The Children's Hospital of Vermont.
WILLISTON -- Dana G. Robitille, 65, of Hardwick, died Jan. 17, 2014.
Dana was born in Morrisville to Donald Robitille Sr. and Patricia (Sweet), and grew up in Swanton. Like many Vermonters, Dana moved away for a few years, but his beloved Green Mountains drew him home again. He worked for Johnson State College's cafeteria service for 23 years.
Dana is survived by his wife of 20 years, Melissa; his children, Shawn, Micah, Asa, Michelle, Christopher, Benjamin, Timothy, Tamara, Emma, Isaac, and Grace; stepson, Daniel; 11 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and siblings, David, Sylvia, Scott, and Lisa.
There will be no service. Online condolences may be offered at www.gregorycremation.com
HINESBURG -- William Mashia, 79, of Hinesburg, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1934, in Williston, to Kenneth and Theresa Mashia. He married Beverly Irish on Sept. 20, 1952, and they enjoyed 55 years together, until she predeceased him in 2008. Bill worked various jobs including carpentry, construction and truck driving. He was an avid hunter, who looked forward to deer season, blue grass festivals, camping, and special times with family, friends, and especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his seven children and their spouses, Cheryl and Tom Estey of Starksboro, Michael and Lisa Mashia of Richmond, Rick Mashia, Mark and Caroline Mashia of Hinesburg, Laurie and Chris Meyer of Williston, Allen and Marilyn Mashia of Hinesburg, Gary Mashia and Robin of Hinesburg; 15 very special grandchildren; eight very special great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald and wife, Shirley Mashia, of Fairfax; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Harold and Paulita Irish, Roy Irish, and Sharon Irish; nieces and nephews; and daughter-in-law, Pamela Mashia. He also leaves behind many longtime friends and very special friend and companion, Viola Bedell of Bristol. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Janice, and brother-in-law, Howard Irish.
There will be no visiting hours prior to the funeral. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Hinesburg. A reception will follow immediately after the service at St. Jude's Parish Hall. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Service. Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com
WESTFORD -- Jackie M. Gribbons, of Westford, passed away, Jan. 10, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1932, the daughter of Minnie (Krall) and John L. Gribbons, who predeceased her. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and Master of Arts degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She began her exemplary career in education as an elementary physical education consultant in Grand Rapids, Mich., followed by four years as a junior high school physical education teacher in Willoughby, Ohio. She returned to her undergraduate institution as Assistant Dean of Women.
Jackie came to Vermont in 1966 when she assumed the position of Dean of Women at the University of Vermont, a position she held until 1975 when she was appointed Assistant to the Executive Vice President. In the years that followed, she held nine additional administrative and faculty positions including Coordinator of Title IX, Assistant to the Vice President for Administration, Student Grievance Coordinator, Senior Associate to the Senior Vice President, Director of Staff Professional Development, and Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Development.
In 1970, she co-founded the nationally acclaimed graduate master's program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and for 35 years served as Assistant Professor and Professor Emerita, Coordinator of graduate student practicum internships, and Acting Program Chair from 1973-75. She retired twice, finally in 2007, when she received her greatest honor, a rare Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Vermont.
A national leader in higher education, Jackie dedicated her professional life to the advancement of women in higher education. She was elected the President of the National Association for Women in Education and also held executive positions as Vice President of Association Advancement, Vice President for Professional Relations, Trust trustee, and numerous task forces and commissions. She also was a founding member and State Coordinator of the Vermont Women in Higher Education, affiliated with the American Council of Education, which annually bestows the "Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award" in her honor.
Her outstanding contributions were recognized with other awards in her name including the Panhellenic award at Bowling Green State University and the Outstanding Practica Supervisor award, Exceptional Service award in the College of Education and Social Services, and the "Jackie M. Gribbons Gift Fund" at the University of Vermont. She was also the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and distinguished service presented by the National Association for Women in Education and the American College Personnel Association. Her portfolio included expertise in career development, leadership, women's issues, training, and planning, and she was a noted speaker and presenter locally, regionally and nationally.
Jackie was the consummate independent woman who felled trees, maintained park-like lawns and gardens, and used every tool in her box to make repairs and maintain her home. One of her greatest joys was to live with her bird and wildlife friends, who seemed to communicate as well as she did with them; all were great comrades and playmates throughout her life. A gifted athlete and avid sports fan, she especially cheered the Indians, Browns, and UVM women's and men's basketball teams.
A person who told it as it was, she strove to be accepting, understanding, supportive, and fair… all tempered with her infectious laugh, constant sense of humor, and energy for and love of life, the environment, and all living things. Most of all, she prided her quest of honor, integrity and compassion.
She is survived by her sister, Lynn and husband, Mike Gerl, of Leroy Township, Ohio; niece, Christine and husband, Todd Mcmanaman, and their children, Colin, Daniel, and Kelly, of Westlake, Ohio; nephew, Michael of University Heights, Ohio; and several cousins.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service: www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jackie's honor to the charity of one's choice; the graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont; or the Vermont Respite House.
Aug. 10, 1932 -Jan. 9, 2014
Williston -- Dr. Cliffe D. Joel was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where his father was a soil conservation professor and mother an artist, before beginning a family avocado farm in sunny Vista, Calif. Cliffe graduated from Pomona College and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University. While subsequently working at Harvard Medical School, his research on the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain was related to the current omega-3 fatty acid trend. Cliffe then moved to Appleton, Wis., with then wife, Peteranne, to establish 30-year careers together as Professors of Chemistry at Lawrence University and to raise their three children.
Most important to Cliffe was family. He was a loving, patient, and involved son, dad, grandpa and husband. He also thoroughly enjoyed teaching and took special interest in his students, especially those who were struggling. Classical music and singing were among Cliffe's passions. He demonstrated his love for nature through camping, hiking, traveling, and gardening. He ran marathons, and in later years he became famous for his long walks with his walker that he fashioned with two vases to fill with flowers picked along the way. He was a gentle and caring man, known to sneak bells on the collars of neighborhood cats to protect his beloved birds. Cliffe was ever a bit rebellious, but never without a noble cause.
In 1999, Cliffe and his second wife, Emma, moved to Oceanside, Calif., close to where he'd grown up. They enjoyed traveling, the ocean, gardening, and spending time with Emma's children and grandchildren. Cliffe volunteered in the Stephen Ministry Program and taught NAMI classes. In 2010, due to progressing health problems, Cliffe moved to Vermont to be closer to his children. He became an avid fan of his grandchildren's music and sporting events.
Cliffe was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Joel; mother, Nila May Joel; and brother, Ronald Joel. He is survived by a loving family including his daughter, Dr. Lisa Angstman and husband, Paul Angstman, and grandchildren, Nicholas, Samantha, Isabelle and Baker; son, Eric Joel, and grandchildren, Conifer, Jack, Lucy, and Molly; daughter, Sara Joel and husband, Dr. Ashesh Mehta, and grandchildren, Desmond, Jasmine, and Sabrina; his wife, Emma and her son, Daniel Cullinan, and granddaughter, Aiyana, daughter, Deborah Cullinan and husband, Kevin Cunz, and grandson, Hayden, and daughter, Lisa Cullinan; and his former wife and friend, Dr. Peteranne Joel and her partner, Don Manley.
Cliffe's family wishes to thank the many kind people who enhanced his quality of life during his years in Vermont: Dr. Marvin Klikunas, Dr. Karen Cleary, Dr. Heather Finley, Dr. James Boyd, Dr. Marc Tischler, Dr. Paul Penar, Dr. Susan Dunning, Dr. Mark Whitaker, Margaret Sicotte, Au.D., the Luse Center, the caregivers and kindhearted neighbors of Pillsbury Manor South, LongTermCare Ombudswoman, Susan Alexander, Esq., and Chief Trevor Whipple and the South Burlington Police Dept.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Me2/Music for Mental Health, which is a beautiful local organization that combines Cliffe's passions for classical music and positive mental health. Donations can be made online at www.Me2/orchestra.org, or mailed c/o Lisa Angstman, 127 Brookside Dr., Williston, VT 05495.
Online condolences may be left at www.gregorycremation.com