Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mitchell J. Malco Jr.



Mitchell J. Malco Jr. 76, passed away on Saturday September 23, 2017 at his home in Springfield. He fought the good fight of faith for many months. He was born May 3, 1941 in Bellows Falls, Vermont the son of Mitchell J. Sr. and Mary K. (Rock) Malco. He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1959.

He was a Postal Carrier for the United States Postal Service in Springfield, Vermont for many years, retiring in 1991.

Mitch enjoyed the outdoors, and loved working outdoors, He was a hard worker and working was his pleasure. He loved humor and laughter and was very optimistic. He enjoyed stock car racing and sponsored several local drivers in 3 classes for many years. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He is survived by his Life Partner Diane Sanford of Springfield, and several cousins and special friends.

He was predeceased by his father Mitchell in 1989, his brother Robert in 1993 and by his mother Mary in 1999.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Shawn Therrien will officiate.

Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield, Vermont.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the St. Mary’s Community dinners and Fish Fry’s at 10 Pleasant Street Springfield, Vermont 05156.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John Swiniarski



John (Jack) Swiniarski Jr., 68, of Springfield, Vermont, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center following a heart attack.

He was born Dec. 3, 1948, in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of the late John Sr. and Anna (Bajkiewicz) Swiniarski. He attended North Bennet Street Industrial School in Boston, Massachusetts, and began work as a licensed contractor. He then worked for the United States Postal Service for 28 years until his retirement in 2008, where he held positions such as supervisor, postmaster and district finance manager of several offices across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Jack was an avid card player, had a passion for numismatics, and took pride in his landscaping.

He is survived by four daughters, Tara Fly, husband Paul and sons Nathaniel and Caleb of Edmonds, Washington; Heather Rae Dunn, husband Bill and daughter Mara of Stoneham, Massachusetts; Alexis Swiniarski of Grafton, Ohio; and Samantha Swiniarski of Keene, New Hampshire; his fiancee, Mary LeBlanc of Springfield, Vermont; his sisters, Joan Collins of Erie, Pennsylvania and Geraldine Gagnon and her husband Ernie of Newport, Vermont. Jack is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins, along with many close friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert (Bob) Swiniarski.

Calling hours and a celebration of his life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Rev. Cushman A. Bryant



Reverend Cushman A. Bryant, 92, of Dowling Park, Florida passed away from cancer on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. He was born June 11, 1925, in North Springfield, the son of Clarence and Beatrice (Whitcomb) Bryant. Cushman grew up in North Springfield where he became a member of the Advent Christian Church at age 15.  He graduated from Springfield High School in 1943. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII.  After his time in the Navy, Cushman attended the New England School of Theology and for 60 years served as pastor at various Advent Christian Churches, including the Advent Christian Church of Rutland, Vermont.

He moved to Dowling Park 35 years ago from Nova Scotia. In retirement, he was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Dowling Park.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years: Erlene A Bryant, Dowling Park, FL ; Three daughters: Joy Goode, Lake City, Fl , Donna Carr, Nicholasville, Ky and Amy Beebe, Apopka, Fl; Two sons: David Bryant, Winter Haven, Fl and James Bryant, Bangor, Me; Eight grandchildren and Eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, September 25, 2017 at Bixler Memorial Chapel, Dowling Park, Fla. with Rev. Jason Hilliard officiating.


In Service of God and Country 

6/29/2015

Seventy years ago, World War II was almost a year old. The United States had yet to enter the war directly, though they were sending supplies to their allies in Europe. Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia were marching (literally and figuratively) through Europe and Asia, defeating and laying claim to those countries they desired. It was a frightening time at home and abroad. And things had only just begun.

As the world remembers the 75th anniversary of its second world war, we would like to take the opportunity to spotlight a few Advent Christian Village members who served our United States as servicemen and women during those years of war. Without the personal sacrifices of brave individuals from all over, the outcome of the last world war would not have been as favorable. One such individual is Cushman Bryant.

Cushman grew up in Vermont. After the war had been going on for a few years, he received a draft notice during the summer of 1943. Not having yet graduated from high school, Cushman’s mother and principal worked it out that Cushman could receive a deferment in order to complete his senior year in half the time and report for military service during the winter of 1944. Cushman says he believes his teachers took pity on him, helping him to pass all his senior classes in half a year, and sending him off to Navy boot camp in January 1944.

Cushman Bryant was a scrappy 
 18-year-old when he joined the 
 Navy in 1944. Cushman served 
 until April 1946. 
After World War II had been going on for a few years, Cushman Bryant received a draft notice during the summer of 1943. Not having yet graduated from high school, Cushman’s mother and principal worked it out that Cushman could receive a deferment in order to complete his senior year in half the time and report for military service during the winter of 1944. Cushman said he believes his teachers took pity on him, helping him to pass all his senior classes in half a year, and sending him off to Navy boot camp in January 1944.

After boot camp, Cushman was assigned to the USS Waldron, a destroyer named for John C. Waldron, a US Naval aviator who led a squadron of torpedo bombers earlier in the war. Cushman was assigned as a gunner’s mate, but construction on the ship was not finished until early summer 1944.

Stationed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a short distance by train from his hometown of North Springfield, Vermont, Cushman was granted leave to return home for his high school graduation ceremony. Though administration had asked for all applause to be held until the last name was called, when Cushman strode across the stage in uniform to receive his diploma, he received a standing ovation.

For the next two years, Cushman served on the Waldron. The Waldron’s main duty was to escort ships in the Pacific which were putting the pressure on Japanese forces.

One of the more memorable events Cushman remembers is when a Japanese picket boat attacked another destroyer and then attempted to break by the Waldron in order to get to the ships the destroyers were protecting. The Waldron could not fire on the boat because of its proximity to the other destroyer, so she rammed the picket boat, splitting it in two.

During Cushman’s two years as a sailor, he says he may not have advanced in rank or performed any memorable military service, but he is well remembered because of his faith.

Cushman and two other men, after finding each other because all three read their Bibles and prayed in their bunks, approached the captain about holding regular religious services on the Waldron. The captain granted their request and supported them, even when others fought to end their activities. Cushman had not previously had any ideas of becoming a preacher or missionary, but he readily and willingly acted as a chaplain for the men serving on the Waldron, including the captain himself.

Gunner’s Mate Cushman Bryant stands aboard his ship, the USS Waldron, a destroyer.
Cushman remembers fondly one particular sailor. On occasion, when in port, those who were involved in religious services on the separate destroyers would get together for what they called revival services. One of those times, an inebriated sailor approached Cushman and asked if they could pray together. Despite being warned by another chaplain that the sailor was most likely going to give Cushman trouble the next day, Cushman says he responded, “If someone asks me to pray with them, I’m going to pray.” The next day, Cushman found the sailor and discovered that he had left home on bad terms with his family and was now praying that God would heal those relationships. At a Waldron reunion, years later, people remembered that sailor and how Cushman had helped him turn his life around.

Cushman has attended several reunions of the crews of the USS Waldron. In fact, he has the special honor of being a “plank owner,” meaning he was one of the original crew aboard the Waldron when it was first commissioned.

After his time in the Navy, Cushman attended the New England School of Theology and served as pastor at many churches in the east, even after his retirement to Advent Christian Village. At Waldron reunions, he is known as Reverend Bryant and has been asked to pray, and he has also performed a wedding ceremony.

We thank Cushman for his years of service to our country. But, more than that, we thank God that he used Cushman to support and reach so many sailors through love and ministry.

 --Advent Christian Village News,
Dowling Park, Florida

  
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Rosilda E. Cady



Rosilda E. “Rose” Cady 94, passed away on Monday morning September 18, 2017 at the Springfield Hospital. She was born October 21, 1922 in Manchester, N.H. the daughter of Alfred and Rosilda (Tessier) Caron.

On July 8, 1950 she married Clarence H. Cady in Springfield, Vermont. He predeceased her on April 30, 2004.

As well as being a Mother and Homemaker, Mrs. Cady was employed as a Secretary in the Machine Tool Industry working at the Fellows Gear Shaper and Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield.

Rose and her husband Clarence enjoyed the outdoors, camping, canoeing, and biking, they also enjoyed traveling. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Drives in Springfield for many years as well as volunteering in the community.

She is survived by her children – Charles H. Cady of Hamilton, N.Y., Thomas J. Cady of Underhill, Vt., Mary E. Hill of Andover, Vt. and Michael A. Cady of Davison, N.C. 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many niece, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her 6 siblings.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday October 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont. Reverend Peter Williams celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Cemetery in Springfield.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Jonathan B. Holden



Jonathan B. Holden passed away on Monday morning September 18, 2017 at the Springfield Health and Rehab. Center in Springfield, Vermont after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born August 13, 1956 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Kenneth and Carolyn (DeCell) Holden. He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1974.

He was employed as a Machinist with the Bryant Grinder Company in Springfield, Vermont for 20 years, and most recently as a Truck Driver with St. Pierre in Charlestown, New Hampshire for 15 years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid hunter, enjoyed riding motorcycles and was always willing to lend a hand and help anyone who needed help. He is survived by his son Shawn Holden of Chester, Vt. 3 daughters – Emily Raymond of Essex Jct., Vt. Merideth Comchan of TN., and Ashley Hennessey of Boynton Beach, Fl. 1 brother Randy Holden and his wife Terry of Andover, Vt. 7 grandchildren – Alexis, Madison, Sam, David, Connor, Lauren, and Patrick. Nephew Chris, and nieces – Vanessa, Valerie, Melissa, and Michele.

He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Carolyn and brothers Kenneth and Ron.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday September 30, 2017 at the Plain Cemetery in Perkinsville, Vt. Reverend Dave Young will officiate. A celebration of life gathering will follow at K.J.’s in North Springfield.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lillian E. Colburn



Mrs. Lillian E. (Cote) Colburn, 79, of Springfield, Vermont, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

She was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Canterbury, Connecticut, to Victor Cote and Elvezina (Daigneault) Cote of Connecticut.

Lillian worked at Tambrands for 26 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth A. Colburn Jr., of Springfield, Vermont.

She leaves six children, Christy Lawrence, Kenneth Colburn III, Kevin, Coleen Martin, Kerry and Kelly. Kory Colburn died in 2011.

Lillian has five sisters, Cora Smith, Lena Snide, Jane Fellows, Edna Guarana; and three brothers, Lawrence, Ronald and Ernest Cote.

She was predeceased by one sister, Rita Tatro; and three brothers, Victor, Roger and Conrad Cote.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Gloria O.Thompson



Gloria Odele (Day) Thompson, beloved family historian, died of advanced age Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. She was born in West Stewartstown, N.H. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1918, to Clyde and Odele (Bonney) Day. Gloria was blessed to grow up in loving family with a father who gave her roots and a mother who gave her wings. She had two older brothers, Louis and John and younger siblings, Suzette, June and Merton (Buddy).

Gloria was an avid reader and writer that was rewarded with being the Class Salutatorian in 1936. She fulfilled her mother's dream and received her Teaching Degree from Plymouth State University in 1939. Gloria faithfully returned to her high school and college reunions was the only returning alumni at her 80th high school reunion and at her 75th college reunion. Gloria taught all eight grades in a one room schoolhouse in Stark, N.H. for two years.

On Aug. 31, 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold Thompson, in her mother's beautiful garden. World War II changed their plans and Gloria followed Harold to Key West, Va. and San Francisco. Following Harold's discharge in 1946, they moved back to New England and bought a home on Reservoir Road in Springfield, Vt. where they lived together until 1984.

Gloria and Harold welcomed three blond daughters, Bonnie. Kathleen and Mary from 1949 to 1952. Gloria was "Mommy Thompson" to Susan Spencer Fisher, who lived across the street and she also babysat other children on Reservoir Road. She and Harold traced their family trees before Ancestry.com was available. They continue their love of travel and re-visited places that they had been in the 1940's.

The birth of a granddaughter in 1978 brightened their lives and Brianna and her grandmother developed a very close bond. Following Harold's death, Gloria moved to Jensen's Park in Concord, N.H. in 1985. She later lived at BriarPipe Apartments in Penacook, N.H., and at Gerrish Manor and Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, N.H. When asked her secret of aging gracefully, Gloria attributed it to her great beginnings in northern, rural New Hampshire. Come December, Gloria enjoyed the pleasurable task of sending over 100 Christmas cards and she continued this practice until her 98th year.


Gloria had a quiet but deep faith that was celebrated in the Methodist Churches of Springfield, Vt. and Concord. She was a kind and accepting woman who loved to visit and share stories of her past and present. And she had a delightful sense of humor that kept her spirits up and made family, friends and helpers chuckle. Saying goodbye to her daughter, Bonnie, in October 2009 was a time of great sadness. Her two surviving daughters, include Kathleen Thompson in Houston and Mary Allard, Concord, and her granddaughter, Brianna Allard, Portsmouth. In addition, Gloria is survived by her brother, Buddy, West Stewartstown, Helen Hurd Day, widow of John W. Day, Fort Myers, Fla., 16 nieces and nephews and their partners, including Dick and Jacki Day of Concord, cousin, Janet Shaw of Bow, her son-in-law, Stanley Bean, Orange, Mass. and she is great-aunt to more than 40 grandnieces and grandnephews and the fast growing next generation of the Day family.

Calling hours will be followed by funeral services on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wendall Butt Funeral Home, 42 Washington St., Penacook, N.H.

Graveside burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Canaan N.H.

Remembrances of Gloria can be sent to Mary Allard, 19 Amoskeag Road, Concord, NH 03301.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wesley D. Jewell Sr.


Wesley D. Jewell Sr., 94, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Jan. 22, 1923, in East Topsham, the son of Raymond and Marie (McKay) Jewell.

He graduated in 1941 from Bradford Academy and later, from Concord (New Hampshire) Business School.

Mr. Jewell married Blanche Carpenter Sept. 10, 1948, in East Corinth.

He was employed as a machinist with Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for 17 years and later, as a truck driver with St. Johnsbury Trucking, retiring after 17 years of service.

He was a member of Minerva Lodge #86 F&AM in East Corinth, the Mount Sinai Shriners and the Sinai Joes Clown Unit. He was also a volunteer driver for CRT. Mr. Jewell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, vegetable gardening and puttering.

Survivors include his wife, of North Springfield; four children, Virginia Ricker, Susan Jewell, both of Perkinsville, Wesley Jewell Jr., Mark Jewell, both of Springfield; a sister, Paula Jewell, of East Corinth; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The graveside Masonic service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in New Cemetery in East Corinth.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Duane G. Wyman



Duane G. Wyman, 90, of Felchville, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at his home.

He was born Dec. 19, 1926, in Felchville, the son of Claude L. and Dorothy E. (Nutter) Wyman.

He graduated in 1944 from Springfield High School after taking the five-year co-operative course serving apprenticeship at Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Co.

Mr. Wyman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Qualified Cadet.

He married Jessie E. Petty, of Ludlow, May 24, 1947, in Brownsville.

He retired as a supervisor after about 40 years at Jones and Lamson in Springfield. He also worked for Cone Automatic in Windsor, Bryant Grinder, Eric R. Bibens, both in Springfield, as well as the state and town of Reading highway departments. Mr. Wyman served on the School Board and as tree warden, auditor, lister, chairman for Felchville Cemetery Association and firefighter.

He was past member of the Masonic Lodge in Springfield and enjoyed summers at the Lake Echo cottage he had built. Survivors include his wife, of Felchville; two sons, Alan Wyman, of Harwood, MD, and Dennis Wyman, of Salt Lake City; five granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two siblings, Wanda Maki and Morris Wyman.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in Felchville Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Wyman home on Tyson Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Felchville Cemetery Association, in care of Howard Sanderson Jr., P.O. Box 129, Reading, VT 05062.

Arrangements are by Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. For online condolences, visit www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Francis L. Hilliard



Francis Leslie Hilliard, 92, formerly of Bellows Falls, Vermont passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is predeceased by his wife Doris (Grout) Hilliard, whom he married Oct. 1, 1960. Francis was born Nov. 7, 1924, to Adelaide Hilliard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

He attended school in Charlestown prior to joining the Navy in 1943 to serve his country during World War II. Before retiring in 1986, he worked for 35 years at the Fellows Gear Shaper Corporation in Springfield, Vermont, as a machinist/assemblyman, where he was known as “Butch." After marrying, he moved to Bellows Falls where he resided until December of 2009 when he moved to Beachwood, Ohio to live with his daughter, her husband and their two sons.

He is survived by his daughter, Betty Hilliard; son-in-law E. Rene Rodriguez; grandsons Jonathan and Duncan Rodriguez; his sister, Nancy Bogle of Claremont and brother-in-law, Brian; as well several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Alstead.

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Nancy G. Eaton



Nancy Gertrude Eaton, 80, passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Dorset, Vermont, the daughter of Harlan and Dorothy (Crandall) Coolidge. Nancy grew up on the family dairy farm in Dorset and was a graduate of Burr & Burton Academy. Nancy continued her education at the University of Vermont, where she received her degree in teaching. She went on to become a math teacher in Windsor. She afterward became a social worker for the Vermont Department of Human Services, working in Springfield, Vermont.

Nancy loved the outdoors, she loved caring for her horses and riding with her friends, she was also an avid vegetable and flower gardener and she loved her St. Bernards.

Surviving is her daughter Teresa Eaton of Perkinsville; her two grandchildren, Miranda Holmes and Jeremy Holmes; and her two great-grandchildren, Colin and Gabriel Holmes.

She was predeceased by her husband, Irving Eaton.

The graveside service and interment will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Plain Cemetery in Perkinsville. A celebration of her life will follow at the Springfield VFW Post #771.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.
Arrangements are in care of Adams Funeral Home, Chester.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Arthur R. Taft



Arthur R. Taft, 59, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

He was born Sept. 23, 1957, in Springfield, the son of Clifford and Rena (Martin) Taft.

He graduated in 1975 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Taft was employed as a lineman and in electrical maintenance at substations for Central Vermont Public Service for many years. He built, owned and managed North Springfield Self Storage for many years.

He enjoyed snowmobiling and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include a brother, Martin Taft, of North Springfield, nephews, great-nephews and -nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Nancy Sammel.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the funeral home with the Rev. George Keeler, pastor of North Springfield Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

John E. Thomas



John E. Thomas, 74, of Baltimore, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at Mount Ascutney Health Care Center in Windsor.

He was born May 11, 1943, in Springfield, the son of Elbridge and Anna (Shepard) Thomas.

He graduated in 1962 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Thomas spent his life working on the Thomas Family Dairy Farm in Baltimore where he also held various town offices over the years.

He enjoyed helping people, hunting, attending fairs and watching the draft horses and horse pulls.

Survivors include his daughter, Joan Whaley, of Baltimore, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son, Robert Thomas, and brother, Shepard Thomas.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, where a calling hour will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service officiated by the Rev. Jean O'Bresky.

A gathering will follow at the Thomas Family Farm in Baltimore.

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Gilbert F. Whittemore



Gilbert F. Whittemore, 67, died Sunday Aug. 27, 2017, of cancer, surrounded by family.

He was born May 17, 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Gilbert and Dorothy (Novakoski) Whittemore.

He graduated in 1968 from Springfield High School; in 1972, summa cum laude, from Harvard University; in 1975, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; in 1976, with a master's degree and in 1986, a Ph.D., also from Harvard.

Mr. Whittemore taught at St. Paul's Choir School, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, MIT and Lesley College. He also worked at the law firm of Stalter & Kennedy, that merged with Rath, Young & Pignatelli and Gilbert, until his retirement in 2016.

He was a member of the ABA, American Precision Museum Board of Trustees, International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum Committee, Association for the Advancement of Science, The History of Science Society and the Society for the History of Technology.

He served as a staff attorney for Vermont League of Cities and Towns and, at the request of President Clinton, on the White House Advisory Committee on the Human Radiation Experiments.

Mr. Whittemore enjoyed gardening and volunteered at Springfield Humane Society.

Survivors include his mother and his wife, both of Perkinsville; six siblings, Jonathan, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, Scott, of Springfield, Jeff and Edward, both of Perkinsville, Camilla, of Rutland, April Case, of Watertown, Massachusetts; nieces, nephews, grandniece and grandnephew.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. The Rev. Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Darl G. Hill


A beloved husband, father, family man and friend, Darl Gene Hill was born Aug. 22, 1962 in Springfield, Vermont. Born to his parents Harry E. Hill, his father, and Doris Hill, his mother, who are both predeceased.

Darl was a native of Vermont, he loved the beauty the seasons brought to Vermont. Darl was a very hard working man, he worked his whole life, and his dream was to retire, and live out the rest of his days comfortably. Darl was last employed at Mac's Woodstock Market in Woodstock, Vermont. Previously, Darl worked for other companies like The Woodstock Inn, Vermont Soapstone, and The Springfield Fence Company.

Darl always helped people in their time of need, he was always tinkering and fixing things to keep busy. Darl was a man of his word and would give the shirt off his back and help you no matter who you were, stranger or not!

Darl was dedicated to his wife and loved her very much, Lisa Hill, survivor of Springfield, Vermont. Darl and Lisa were childhood sweethearts and crossed paths later on and got married on Feb. 14, 2004. They got married and honored their vows and each other. It was them against the world. They were outlaws, legends, and lovers of our time!

Darl was a dedicated father to his daughter Felicia Vezina, survivor of Springfield, Vermont, son-in-law Robert Vezina as well as Darl's son Jon Gassert Jr., both survivors of Springfield, Vermont. Darl had many brothers and sisters; Barry Hill of Rockingham, Vermont, Howard D. Hill, Roy A. Hill, and Harry E. Hill Jr., all survivors of Springfield, Vermont; Patsy Gannaway of McMinville, Oregon, Doris R. Kilburn and Ruby A. Hill, both survivors of Springfield, Vermont, and Darlene J. Cooper, survivor of Cornish, New Hampshire.

Two sisters Mabel Garrapy and Vivian Currier, and one brother George E. Hill predeceased their brother Darl.

Darl had two grandchildren, Daniel R. Vezina and Liam E. Vezina, both survivors of Springfield, Vermont. He had two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins. Darl loved the company of his family and friends. He loved his two Siberian huskies Jasmine and Sasha! He loved his motorcycle. Darl loved to laugh and have fun!

Darl fought the good fight! Darl spoke that God told him that God was coming to bring him home on his 55th birthday! Sadly this was true! Darl Gene Hill received his angel wings and was taken from us Aug. 22, 2017 at 6:35 a.m.

Visiting Hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, Vermont. A Celebration of Darl's life will be held the following day Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post #25 on Court Street in Windsor. Condolences may be expressed to Darl's family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In memory of Darl to take care of his wife Lisa Hill, please make memorial contributions and donations to Lisa Hill, 54 South Street Apt#2 Springfield, VT 05156.

Darl Gene Hill will forever be loved and missed! Never forgotten! Gone too soon!

–Written by Darl's daughter ~Felicia Vezina~
 
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wayne T. Griffin



Wayne T. Griffin 58, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday August 19, 2017 at his home in Windsor, Vt. He was born November 17, 1958 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Wayne E. and Patricia A. (Sullivan) Griffin. He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1976. After high school he completed the Co-op Machine Tool course in Springfield.

He was employed as a machinist at Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield, Cone Blanchard in Windsor for 18 years and most recently as a Tool Maker with Sturm Ruger and Co. in Newport, N.H.

Wayne was an avid hunter, he enjoyed cooking and was a great cook, He enjoyed snowmobiling and was an avid N.E. Patriots fan. He was also a member of the Precision Valley Fish & Game Association in Perkinsville, Vt.

He is survived by his mother Patricia Griffin of Springfield, son Eric Griffin of Reading, Vt. , daughters – Amanda Griffin of New York, N.Y. and Elizabeth Thurston of Lebanon, N.H. Sisters – Karen Johnston and Lisa Allen both of Springfield, Vt. Also by 3 grandsons and several nieces , nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Wayne E. Griffin in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday August 25, 2017 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate. Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vermont 05156.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield,Vermont.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Norman R. Cyrs

A Funeral Mass for Norman R. Cyrs will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will immediately follow. There will be a reception to celebrate Norm’s life from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Nolin-Murray Center in Springfield, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Norm’s memory to The Ascutney Trails Association or the Green Mountain Club.


Norman R. Cyrs died peacefully Friday, June 23, 2017, surrounded by his family, at the home of his daughter Katherine in Tigard, Oregon, where he had resided since 2014. Norm was born March 24, 1930, in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Bert E. and Christine (Longe) Cyrs. He graduated from Springfield High School in the Class of 1948.

Norm served in the Vermont National Guard at the rank of Master Sergeant. He worked at Jones and Lamson from 1951 until they closed in 1986 in various positions, including Engineering Checker and Manager of Engineering Standards.

Norm married Helen Ferguson in 1951, with whom he had four children: Steven B. Cyrs (Patricia) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Robert N. Cyrs (Darlene) of Granger, Indiana; Katherine A. Ellis (John Riherd), Tigard, Oregon; and Patricia H. Dalpe (Keith) of Center Conway, New Hampshire. Norm and Helen were later divorced. Norm married Beverly Stowell in 1980. Beverly died in 1994. Norm married Helen Long in 1997. Helen died in 2012.

Norm was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving as lector for 46 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight and 4th Degree member.

Norm was an avid outdoorsman and hiker. He hiked Mt. Ascutney nearly 400 times. He hiked the Long Trail End-to-End in 1983 in 21 consecutive days. Norm was an active member and treasurer of the Crown Point Road Association for many years and was a Plus member of the Vermont 251 Club, having documented his visit to every town in the state.

Norm is survived by his children; five grandchildren, Scott and Karin Ellis, Jennifer Symonds, Michelle Kovacs (Paul), Shannon Poges and 2 great-grandchildren, Brooke McDonald and Julianna Kovacs.

Norm was predeceased by his parents and sister, Doris Wetherell.

A funeral mass at St. Mary’s in Springfield, Vermont and internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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My beloved Dad, Norm Cyrs passed away peacefully at my home in Oregon on June 23, 2017 where he had lived with my family for the past 2 1/2 years. My bother Steve and I were by his side when he died.

John, Karin and I are so grateful for the time that we had with him and being able to care for him in our home. We couldn't ask for more. My Dad was so kind, prayerful, cooperative and appreciative to the end. He was a blessing for us all.

We will be gathering in Springfield later this summer to return him to the place he loved. I took his hand and brought him to my home in Oregon and I will carry him home to Vermont.

I love you, Dad. Thank you for all you taught us and for your unconditional love.

Forever,
Your Kath

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daniel P. Gray



Daniel Patrick Gray, 69, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, 2017, at Mt. Ascutney Health Center in Windsor, surrounded by his family. He was born July 24, 1948, in Miami, Florida, the son of Patrick and Mary (Donahue) Gray. He graduated from All Hallows High School in New York City, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University.

Daniel was a commodity trader/broker with Prudential-Bache and Dean Witter Reynolds.

As a young boy, he was a child model in New York City.

He served as an altar boy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He served as chairman on the Springfield, Vermont School Board and was very community-minded. He also was a landlord in Springfield, Vermont.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Lynn Gray; son Daniel P. Gray and his wife Maria, daughter Kelly Maureen Gray Hosey and her husband Neil, son James Colon; grandchildren Connor Gray, Grace Hosey and Mary Kate Hosey; and his siblings, William, Kevin and Kathleen Gray.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont.

Friends may call prior to the Mass from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Doris M. Gillette



Doris M. Gillette 97, of Clifton Park, N.Y., formerly of Springfield, Vermont died on Monday evening August 14, 2017 at Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care in Clifton Park, New York. She was the wife of the late Earl Gillette. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts the daughter of Aldo and Catherine (Barrett) Cederlund. She attended schools and graduated High School in Worcester, and graduated from Becker College in 1939.

On January 29, 1942 she married Earl H. Gillette in Worcester, MA. He predeceased her in 1991.

Doris moved to Springfield, Vt. in 1946 where she resided for many years and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by a son, Fred Gillette and his wife Janet of Dayville, Ct., a daughter Joan Giannetti and her husband Darryl of Clifton Park, N.Y. , a son James Gillette and his wife Pilar Montes of Bowling Green, Fl. 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a sister Lillian Carroll of Worcester, MA. and nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday August 24, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Thursday morning from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or at alz.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Everett C. Thurston Sr.



Everett C. Thurston Sr. of Windsor died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Roxbury, Vermont, he was predeceased by his second wife, Becky Derosier Thurston; his brothers, Carlton and Theron; and his parents, Clarence and Glenna Thurston (Martin) of Roxbury, Vermont.

He is survived by his sons, Everett C. Thurston Jr. of Roxbury, Vermont and Gary Thurston of Belgrade, Montana; his daughters, Glenna Thurston of Bellows Falls and Laurie O’Connor (Kenneth) of Chester; and a stepson, Gary Derosier (Gail) of Weathersfield; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Oliver of Ohio and Louise Stein (Richard) of Connecticut; a brother, Mervin Thurston of Arizona; and sister-in-law Phebe Thurston of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

Everett was a farmer, carpenter, part-time manager of Park Street Bowl, a newspaper and tire deliveryman over the years and retired from Lovejoy Tool Company in the early 1980s. He loved bowling and bingo and his favorite “job” was calling bingo.

As a member of the Loyal Order Moose Lodges in Springfield, Vermont, he served as governor and he was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He lived in Randolph,Weathersfield and Springfield before moving to the Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate, followed by the interment of his ashes at St. Mary's Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Hall, 39 South St., in Springfield, after the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Everett's name may be made to Loyal Order of Moose Lodges Charity Organization.

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David W. Austin



David W. Austin, 78, of Bellows Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.

He was born April 12, 1939, in Meadville, Pennsylvania and lived in Bellows Falls. He worked at Lovejoy Tools in Springfield, Vermont and Dunnings in North Walpole.

He was a lifetime member of Bellows Falls Moose Lodge #527.

He was predeceased by his brother, James Austin.

He is survived by his brother, Harry Austin of New York; his daughters, Barbara Tyrrell and her husband Keith Tyrrell Sr., of Bellows Falls and Sherry Libby and her husband Leland Libby; his stepsons, John Doane and his wife Darlene Doane of Johnson, Vermont and Tom Doane of Texas; his ex-wife, Shirley Greene of Bellows Falls; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

There will be a remembrance for David Austin from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Moose Lodge, #527, 59 Westminster St., in Bellows Falls.

Services will be private, at the convenience of the family.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Martin T. Ovitt



Martin T. Ovitt, 54, of Springfield, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was born May 5, 1963, in Windsor, the son of Lawrence Ovitt and Roxanna (Allen) Pierce.

He was a graduate of Springfield High School.

Mr. Ovitt worked as a painter for the R&R Painting Co. in Springfield and later, for Preferred Building Systems in Claremont, New Hampshire.

He enjoyed fishing and target shooting.

Survivors include a daughter, Anastasia Ovitt; a granddaughter; seven siblings, Jeff, Kevin, Patrick, Kurt, Richard, Cynthia, Kathryn; and his mother.

The celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Blanche K. Shepard



Blanche K. Shepard, 93, died peacefully at her home in Springfield on Friday evening Aug.11, 2017.

She attended school in Chester, Vt. and spent her entire life in the Chester and Springfield communities making a good home for her family and a giving person to many. She enjoyed knitting and quilting, making a number of mittens for her grandchildren, other school children, and later donating to the rehab center. She also stayed involved with helping as a bookkeeper for more than one family business.

Blanche is survived by her seven sons: Arthur Westney of Bellows Falls, Vt., Walter Westney of Newton, Kan., Eugene Westney of Bridgewater, Vt., Eldred Westney of Charlestown, N.H., Charles Westney of Charlestown, N.H. Everett Westney of Springfield, Vt., Robert Westney of Perkinsville, Vt., daughter – Barbara Emery of Proctorsville, Vt., stepson – Harry K. Shepard, Jr. of Springfield, Vt., five stepdaughters, June McKenzie of San Bernardino, Calif., Ann Creaser of Barton, Vt., Caroline Shepard of North Pomfret, Vt., Lee Wetherby of Charlestown, N.H., Hope Shaver of Fort Wayne, Idaho, brother – Clarence Cook of Chester, Vt., many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, her best friend Gloria Barrows and many caregivers especially Madelyn and Amy.

She is pre deceased by her husband Harry K. Shepard, two sisters: Ellen Wright and Lena Allen, two brothers: Allen Cook and Floyd Cook, and her first husband Louis Westney.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday evening Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday Aug.17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Davis Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Caroline G. Aiken



Caroline Gierko Aiken, 96, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

She was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Springfield, the daughter of Frank and Helen Gierko.

After attending Bay Path College, she worked at Springfield Local Telephone Co. for 20 years.

Mrs. Aiken was a communicant at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield.

She volunteered at Springfield voting polls and at Springfield Hospital visiting patients.

She enjoyed playing cribbage and held her pilot's license.

Survivors include her three children Judy Robinson, David and Howard Aiken, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Aiken was predeceased by her husband, Howard George "Bunny" Aiken, who died in a plane crash in 1959; and her sisters Adeline Benson, Jenny Kane and Amelia Obuchowski. The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pleasant Street, Springfield. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Adult Day Program, 266 River St., Springfield, VT 05156, www.Springfieldhospital.org/adult-day-program. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aune L. Conant


Aune L. (Lepisto) Conant has passed away at age 99.

Aune was born in Boston to Antti and Emma Lepisto. The family moved to Marlborough, New Hampshire when she was two years old, and she grew up there on a farm. Her father died when she was nine, making it necessary for her mother to seek employment out of town, and for the three children to take care of themselves. Mother Emma came home on weekends to bring food and supplies. All three children were good students, walking several miles to school daily.

Upon graduation, both Aune’s brothers attended college and graduated with honors. Aune chose to leave high school and go to work. She returned after two years and also graduated with honors. In the interim, she met a college student, David Conant and they were married after he graduated.

Dave found employment at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, Vermont, and the couple settled in Charlestown. After their first child, a daughter, was born, they purchased a home on Dell Street, and eventually had three sons.

Aune was known for her wonderful baking skills, as many of her childrens’ friends can attest. She was a member of several womens’ organizations and had many friends. She was a talented seamstress. Later in life she taught herself to paint in oils and watercolors. She learned to make beautiful cut and pierced lampshades. She and Dave collected antique bottles and were often to be seen digging in old cellar holes around the area. They joined the Keene bottle club and named a room in their house “The Glass Menagerie” and opened it to visits from school children.

What Aune was best known for was “caring." Her house was almost always occupied by extended family who needed care for a variety of reasons: elderly parents and relatives, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and children of friends. She and Dave made room for all.

Aune is survived by her daughter Betsey Clark of Lebanon, Maine, two sons, David Conant and his wife Aminta of Barnet, Vermont, Brian Conant and his wife Irma of Charlestown and her daughter-in-law Connie Conant of Charlestown. She was predeceased by her husband David P. Conant and son Roger Conant of Charlestown. She will be missed by her grandchildren: Andrea, Sonia, Laura, Christopher, Amy, Hilary, Matthew, Snow, Caitlyn, Aminta, and Aubrey, her great-grandchildren Douglas, Jesse, Eli, Sophie, Lars, Calvin Camille, Maneesh and a great-great-grandson, Finley.

A celebration of Aune’s life is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Harold E. Harris



Harold E. Harris 88, of Walpole, N.H., passed away on Tuesday evening August 1, 2017 at the Keene Center in Keene, New Hampshire. He was born December 24, 1928 in Grafton, Vt. the son of Harold R. and Mildred (Clogston) Harris.

He married Beverly Young in Weathersfield, Vt. They enjoyed 60 + years together before her passing in 2012.

Harold worked at Valley Farms and for many years he was employed with Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole, N.H.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and vegetable gardening. He loved trips to York Beach, Maine, enjoyed feeding the birds and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by 1 son Dennis Harris of Hinsdale, N.H. , 1 daughter Dianne Fontaine of Rutland, Vt. 1 sister Mary Vittum of North Walpole, N.H. 3 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by 2 brothers – Willis and Henry and 2 sisters – Josephine and Gertrude.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday August 6, 2017 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Friends may call at the Chapel from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Reverend Mark Harris will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Bow Cemetery in Weathersfield, Vt.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Walpole Ambulance Service 278 Main St. Walpole, NH 03608.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Suzanne J. Foster



Suzanne J. Foster, 76, passed away Sunday morning. July 30, 2017. at her home in Baltimore, Vermont. She was born Aug. 3, 1940, in West Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Marvin and Delia (Pelkey) Noyes.

She was employed at Price Chopper, and NewsBank in Chester, Vermont.

She enjoyed yard sales, crocheting, looking up recipes and watching cooking shows. She loved to spend time with her family and was very proud of her four granddaughters. She also loved and enjoyed her cats.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Delbert E. Foster Sr.; her son, George Bargfrede Jr. and his wife Lorraine of Baltimore, Vermont; granddaughters Janel Palmeri and her husband Travis of Perkinsville, Larissa Bargfrede of Springfield, Candace Bargfrede of Springfield, and Marcia Herman of North Carolina; one brother,Wendall Noyes of Enterprise, Alabama, one sister, Betty Klein and her husband John of Baltimore, Vermont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Robert Noyes; sisters Reba Hearne and Barbara Smith; and her daughter, Pamela Herman.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Wayne L. Burke



Wayne L. Burke, 83, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Springfield Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Springfield, the son of Sydney P. and Beatrice E. (Putnam) Burke.

He graduated in 1953 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Burke served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years.

While in school, he worked at the First National Store. After his military service, he was employed at J&L for 26 years, and then went on to work for the Springfield School system and Readex. He enjoyed gardening and baseball.

Survivors include a brother, Lyle, of Charlotte, North Carolina, many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burke was predeceased by nine siblings, Blanche Lorinovich, Patricia Nelson, Colleen Fisk, Norman, Edward, Warren, Richard, Robert and Ruth Burke. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home with the Rev. Gerry Piper officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

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Theresa M. Emery


Theresa M. “Terri” Emery, 90, died peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Mt. Ascutney Health Care Center in Windsor, VT, following a short illness. She was born December 10, 1926, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Archibald and Anne (Larabelle) Webster. She grew up in Detroit where she attended Catholic school and graduated from St. Henry Catholic High School. On November 25, 1951, she married Richard R. “Bob” Emery in Detroit, MI.

Having lived in the city until age 34, she then made several moves around the US with her husband and two children before settling in the rural outskirts of Springfield, VT, in 1970. She was a kind, loving, and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and a second mom to many nieces, nephews and friends of her children. Terri loved the Lord and was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Terri enjoyed going out dancing with her husband, raising her family, playing cards and board games, reading, traveling, sewing, cooking, and baking. She also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Hallmark movies, and trying to get lost with family or friends on scenic car rides. She cared for her live-in mother for many years until her death in 1974. Kind-hearted and interested in the well-being of others, Terri kept her wit, sense of humor, love of fun, and concern for her loved ones throughout her life. She was a good friend to many and loved by all who knew her.

In addition to raising her family, she worked as a Key Punch Operator, as a ticket agent at the Hartness State Airport in North Springfield, VT, with the Visiting Nurse Association, as a Clerk at Ames Dept. Store in Springfield, and later in life helped out on the Young’s Milky Way Farm in Springfield.

She is survived by her daughter Janice Young and her husband Ken of Springfield, son Rick Emery and his wife Ramona of Springfield, 5 grandchildren: Julie MacGlaflin (Jason), Kenny Young (Kelli), Ricky Emery, Catherine Emery, and Kyla Emery. 2 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and close friend and “adopted sister” Alice Young, mother of her son-in-law Ken. Terri was predeceased by her husband Bob on April 9, 1996, and by her siblings Jarrod, Margaret, and Marie.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, VT. Reverend Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice for VT & NH, P.O. Box 881 Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kay Faust



Naomi "Kay" Hurwitz Faust, of Baltimore, Vermont, passed unexpectedly on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kay was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 21, 1943. The daughter of Fania and Philip Hurwitz, Kay spent the first 21 years of her life in South Africa. She attended the University of South Africa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Shortly after leaving college, Kay moved to London, England. Her early time in Europe included a stay in Paris. During her time in England, she worked as a children's librarian in the public library system. She made many dear friends in England. She was an avid traveler and, in her late husband Bob's words, "was sort of a bohemian."

In 1981, Kay participated in a job exchange, moving to Baltimore, Vermont, for a year to work at the Springfield Town Library. During that year, she met Bob Faust, who would end up moving to London with Kay after her job exchange was over. They were married in 1984 in London. In 1985, their son, David, was born and in 1988, they all moved back to Baltimore, Vermont. The rest, to use a cliché, is history.

Kay was predeceased by her husband, Bob. She is survived by her son, David Faust, of Middlebury, Vermont; her sisters, Rena Ellman, of Kibbutz Yasser in Israel, and Shirley Ancer, of Johannesburg; her brother, Arthur Hurwitz, of Johannesburg; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.

Kay was an active community member. She loved to travel the world. She loved her family and many friends. Kay was Jewish, and she valued and celebrated her heritage. She loved to play Scrabble and traveled all over to play in tournaments. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, as well as a beloved relative and friend to many. She will be deeply missed.

There will be a celebration of life on Aug. 6 at the Weathersfield Center Church from 2-6 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, c/o Pat Graves, 37 Reservoir Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

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