John Cort-Desrochers

John Cort-Desrochers (née John Francis Desrochers) passed on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from cardiac disease. I write my own obituary so the blame cannot be put on anyone else. I passed as expected. From the time of conception, we know we will die at some point. I was born at 4:20 pm on July 11th, 1937 at 17 Maple Street in St. Johnsbury, VT, to Felix and Marieanna (Pinard) Desrochers, joining seven siblings. The first child died at two and a half days of age. I was predeceased by Alfred, Armand, Marguerite, Robert, and Paul. I am survived by Sr. Bernadette and Rachel Helen who is married to Leo Ducharme. I married Patricia (Sanders) Desrochers, and we brought forth five children who survive me: Kevin, Joe is married to Stacey, Sam is married to Tracy, Pam is married to David, and Lisette is married to Phil. My dear wife, Sheila and our son, Tom, who is married to Bridget survive me as well. I am also survived by my grandchildren: Erica, Mike, Jordan, Hanna, Danielle, Jacob, Jonah, Megan and Lucinda, along with my great granddaughter, Ava.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to list all of the descendants of Felix and Marieanna Desrochers. To celebrate the year 2000, I sponsored a family reunion at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Barre, VT. Over 90 of Felix’s descendants showed up, so you can see I am survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. To learn more about the family and about my life, you can obtain a book I authored, “Up from Maple Street”, free of charge, at the reception after my funeral while the supply lasts.

The various careers I undertook include 36 years as an educator, both elementary and secondary in Vermont schools. I retired in 1993 as the high school principal in Williamstown. I also was a part time hardware clerk at Sweeney Hardware in St. Albans, handcrafted Rosary maker and author of “Call to Rebellion,” “Laurie the Martyred Child” (both original and revised), “Up from Maple Street”, “Oh No, Not Again”, and “Perdition and Redemption” which is the sequel to “Oh No, Not Again”.

In lieu of flowers (I’m allergic to them), donations should be made to Williamstown Endowment Scholarship Fund, PO Box 315, Williamstown, VT 05679. The fund provides scholarships to Williamstown High School graduates for post-secondary education. I started the fund with $50.00. It now stands at over half a million dollars. My goal was to see it reach one million dollars.

There will not be any calling hours. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward’s Church, 76 Beckett St., Williamstown, VT, on Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The inurnment will follow at the East Hill Cemetery on Gilbert Road in Williamstown. The luncheon reception will be held at the hall in the basement of the church.

Ruth Mary Kuhn

Ruth Mary Kuhn nee Dorsey died May 6, 2016 in Mansfield Place, Essex Junction, Vermont. She was born October 19, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ruth married Joseph G. Kuhn on June 21, 1950. Besides Joe she leaves her five children and spouses; Cecilia Hochstin, Mary Arel, Michael Kuhn, Barbara Robbins, and Laura Moeykens. Ruth also leaves nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A mass will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 12 noon at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Shelburne, Vermont. On line condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com

Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn

Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn of South Burlington completed her journey through this life on April 24, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at the UVM Medical Center after a brief struggle with cardiovascular disease. She was 69. Vicki was born and raised in Manistique, a small city on the northern shores of Lake Michigan on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on September 26, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Franklin C. Creeden and Leocadia 'Sis' Creeden (Olesak).

She graduated from Manistique High School and earned a Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University. She relocated to the Washington D.C. area with her husband at the time, and began her first career of raising her children. In 1976, the family relocated to South Burlington, VT. Once the children were raised, she began her second career at the Internal Revenue Office in Taxpayer Service in Burlington in 1987, where several of her colleagues became her dearest lifelong friends. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and maintaining stubborn devotion to all of those fortunate enough to have been close to her. She loved all wildlife, but was particularly drawn to the free spirited lifestyle enjoyed by birds.

Vicki is survived by her children; Paul Washburn and his companion Kelly Shepard of South Burlington; and Jessica Washburn, her companion Kyle Ellingson, and beloved grandsons Chancelor and Braddock Olsen of Polson, MT, as well as her ex-husband James Washburn of Shelburne. She also leaves sisters Maureen Leech and her husband Jerry Leech of Manistique Michigan, Rosemary Cox and her husband Terry Cox of Chelan, WA, Mary Creeden and her husband Bruce Peterson of Circle Pines, MN and her brother Andrew Creeden and his companion Kathy Kloss of Republic, MI, 6 nieces and 4 nephews.

Celebrations of her life will be held on Friday, April 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Dr., Suite 7, South Burlington, Vermont and at a date to be determined over the summer in Manistique, MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462 or http://www.birdsofvermont.org/do nate.php.