JOAN CARROLL BEAUCHEMIN

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.

JAMES EDSON

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.

ANN TALLEY

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

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

- Anonymous

GORDON F. LEWIS

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

BETSY PUBLICOVER

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.

 

GLORIA J. WADE

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.

DANA G. ROBITILLE

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